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Warrior Canine Connection Receives Grant from SAGA Foundation for Menlo Park Program

BOYDS, Md. – Warrior Canine Connection is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from SAGA Foundation to support its service dog training program at the Menlo Park VA. This year marked six years that WCC has been providing its Mission Based Trauma Recovery program for Veterans at the Menlo Park Campus of […]

Warrior Canine Connection Founder and Executive Director Rick Yount Elected to Board of Directors for Assistance Dogs International North America

BOYDS, Maryland – Warrior Canine Connection is pleased to announce that its Founder and Executive Director Rick Yount has been elected to the Board of Directors for Assistance Dogs International North America (ADINA), effective immediately. Yount, along with three additional newly elected board members, will work together to represent ADINA’s mission and vision within North […]

A Mission to Serve Veterans

    Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) is a pioneering organization that utilizes its Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) model to support recovering combat Veterans and their families. WCC provides Warriors a regained sense of purpose through the opportunity to engage in a critical military support mission while simultaneously receiving treatment for their own symptoms of […]

Researchers try to verify whether canines help patients with TBI, PTSD — Marine Corps Times

June 26, 2014 – For dog lovers, it’s an absolute: The unconditional love of a canine companion heals the soul, reaching into the heart to cross canyons of loneliness and despair. Military researchers now are trying to learn if there’s real science behind that semimystical link — and if so, whether it can help treat […]


Warrior Canine Connection supports active duty Service Members and Veterans recovering from both the visible and hidden wounds of war. We accomplish our mission by raising and training highly skilled assistance dogs for Veterans with disabilities, and by providing our unique service dog training program called Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR). MBTR involves engaging Service […]

Our Staff

Rick Yount, Executive Director Rick Yount has served in the field of social services for 30 years. He has involved animal-assisted therapy in his practice for the past 22 of those years. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Assistance Dog Education. He combined his social work knowledge […]

Board of Directors

Julie Walters, President Julie Walters is an enthusiastic believer in the human-animal bond. “I am happiest with at least four rescued dogs sleeping on my couch.” In addition to work with the ASPCA, she is a supporter of the PAWS Sanctuary in California and the South Florida SPCA, which focuses on domestic horse rescue and rehabilitation. […]

Program History

The connection began with Gabe. Nearly two decades ago, Licensed Social Worker Rick Yount received an unexpected Christmas present from two friends who were veterans of Operation Desert Storm: Gabe, an eight-week-old Golden Retriever puppy. A year later, Gabe accompanied Rick to work – the same day he transported an 11-year-old-boy from his biological mother […]