‘Man’s Best Friend’ Turned ‘Best Man’: Service Dog Stands by Wounded Veteran at His Wedding

November 23, 2019 – After high school sweethearts Justin Lansford and Carol Balmes got engaged to be married, Justin knew that his best friend would stand by his side on the most important day of his life. The groom’s best friend just so happened to be his service dog Gabe. Justin, now 30, and Gabe […]

“Warrior Canine Connection” hosts event to honor and help veterans

November 10, 2019 – ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The nonprofit “Warrior Canine Connection” hosted a Veterans Day appreciation and fundraising event in Asheville on Saturday. The nonprofit breeds, trains, and places services dogs with recovering veterans. The event not only focused on honoring veterans, but also helping them recover from visible and invisible wounds. Watch the […]

Warrior Canine Connection Helps Veterans Heal

November 8, 2019 – In honor of Veterans Day, MyMCMedia checked in with a local organization that gives back to those who fought for our country in a special way. Warrior Canine Connection helps veterans all year round. Officials say since the organization started in 2011, they’ve helped more than four thousand veterans through Mission […]

Secretary’s Message: November 2019

November 6, 2019 – Governor Larry Hogan declared 2019 the Year of the Veteran, a yearlong observance to raise awareness of the brave service and sacrifice our United States veterans and families have made for Maryland and our country. While our nation will celebrate on Veterans Day, the governor’s declaration is an important reminder that […]

Veterans train service dogs for fellow veterans

October 29, 2019 — An unlikely connection between two heroes who never got the chance to meet. The memory of NYC Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca, who lost his life on 9/11 while saving others, lives on in “Bucca,” a service dog named after him. Watch the complete News12 story here.

These Warrior Canine Connection puppies have some pretty big shoes to fill

October 9, 2019 – Is there anything better than puppies and World War II veterans? Yes! Puppies named in honor of World War II veterans.  The aptly dubbed Operation Overlord Litter has been named in honor of some of the heroes of D-Day by Warrior Canine Connection. Read the full story on here.

ABC7 Salutes: Training puppies to help heal the wounds of war

October 4, 2019 – ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC7) — A beautiful farm in Maryland is not raising livestock or crops, it’s training puppies and dogs to save lives. “A service dog absolutely saved my life without a doubt. You don’t feel like you don’t have anyone there and you realize you do.” Spencer Milo is now 34 […]

Way to go, Mr. Wiggles: Check out these 13 assistance dogs who just graduated

September 30, 2019 – Have you ever wondered what an assistance dog who has completed its training gets instead of a diploma? A forever veteran. That’s exactly what happened Sept. 28 in Gaithersburg, Maryland during a “passing of the leash” ceremony for Warrior Canine Connection’s Class of 2019. Read the complete story at

Combat-wounded veterans meet new service dogs

Veterans and “Puppy Parents” from 18 different states came out to recognize the hard work and service of both the dogs and military service men and women. September 28, 2019 – Veterans got to meet their new service dogs at Warrior Canine Connection’s graduation ceremony on Saturday. Around a dozen “good boys and girls” were […]

CU Anschutz Today: Service animal training program helps heal veterans

Warrior Canine Connection partners with Marcus Institute for Brain Health August 21, 2019 — Opening doors, turning on lights, helping remove socks and shoes – for the talented service dogs in training from the non-profit Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), these skills are just the tip of the 80-command iceberg that dogs master to assist the visible […]