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Is Training Service Dogs a Potential PTSD Therapy?

Bethesda, MD (HDSIAC) — Approximately 7-8% of Americans are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lifetimes. Military personnel exposed to trauma are at a particularly high risk for developing PTSD; out of Afghanistan/Iraq Veterans alone, about 11-20% of these Veterans have PTSD in any given year*. Read the article here.

Warrior Canine Connection Graduation 2015

Germantown, MD (Montgomery County Council) — The Warrior Canine Connection has a mission of helping and healing our veterans who have returned from war. In this segment, we recap the organization’s recent graduation of 14 service dogs. Watch the graduation video.

Soldier’s best friend: Wounded Vet finds healing — and a best man — through Warrior Canine Connection

New York (Today.com) — When Justin Lansford returned from Afghanistan in the spring of 2012, the last thing on his mind was getting a dog. He’d just been blown up and crushed by a vehicle while serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Read the story here.   

University of Maryland professor to study service dog therapy for PTSD

College Park, MD (The Diamondback) — The burst of happiness one might get when looking at a picture of a puppy isn’t uncommon. Looking at pictures of dogs is biologically proven to reduce stress, as the hormone oxytocin is released in the body.  And a professor at this university is taking a closer look at the […]

Warrior Canine Connection Eases Veterans’ Struggles With Help From Furry Friends

Brookeville, MD (Capital News Service) — The dogs at Warrior Canine Connection are veterans’ best friends. Trained by service members, a group of the dogs will graduate on Saturday and become permanent four-legged aides to disabled veterans or veterans in need. WCC’s third graduating class of 14 dogs will be celebrated at 1 p.m. in Montgomery College’s […]

Ways Service Dogs Are Helpful

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund — It’s no secret that dogs have been our lovable companions for as long as we can remember. They’re friendly, loyal, and compassionate. Because of the strong bond that we have with “man’s best friend,” dogs are increasingly becoming a part of treatments for TBI and psychological health conditions. Read more […]

“It’s Animal-Assisted Therapy on Steroids.”

WASHINGTON (WETA) — The Warrior Canine Connection program and the stories of two Veterans and their WCC service dogs are featured in this installment of the PBS “Honored to Serve” series, produced by WETA Television. Watch it here.

Bunce and Bunce: America’s Puppy meets his namesake

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Many of you may have already met the latest addition to the WUSA9 news team. Bunce is a military service dog in training, who will some day assist a wounded warrior. Andrea McCarren will raise and train him for the next two years, before he’s teamed with a veteran. See and read […]

Service Pups in Training Help PTSD, TBI Patients Heal

Bethesda, MD (DoD Live) — You’re stressed, your thoughts aren’t straight, and you’re tapping your leg anxiously. But suddenly there’s a little furry head sitting on your lap, reminding you to calm down.  You start petting that furry little head, and next thing you know, you’re feeling a lot better. Read more here.

Meet America’s Puppy: Bunce

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — You may have noticed a certain furry friend hanging around WUSA9. If you haven’t, you’re about to learn this 11-week old yellow lab is more than a cute face. He has a noble future ahead of him, helping wounded warriors. Read the story and see the video here.