A graduation ceremony for dogs marks a step in healing for wounded veterans

October 8, 2016 – Rockville, Maryland – Ryan Garrison’s service dog wouldn’t stop bugging him. At a dinner outing with his wife, Julie, at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Baltimore, Garrison was growing nervous, clenching his hands. Being in public spaces had been a problem for the veteran since his return from Iraq, where he fractured two […]

Video: Warrior Canine Connection at Navy Conference

May 18, 2016 – National Harbor (All Hands Update, U.S. Navy) — Warrior Canine Connection demonstrates how service dogs help each person they come in contact with. View the video.

Warrior Canine Connection Graduation 2015

October 29, 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 here.

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

October 27, 2015 – New York ( — 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 on NBC Today here. […]

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

October 15, 2015 – 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 […]

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

August 31, 2015 – 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.

Service Pups in Training Help PTSD, TBI Patients Heal

July 20, 2015 – 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 […]

Menlo Park non-profit training service dogs for veterans celebrates 2 year anniversary

April 24, 2015 – MENLO PARK, Calif. (KTVU) – It’s a program that’s helping veterans heal by connecting them with service dogs. On Saturday, the program will celebrate two years of helping injured veterans. A Labrador retriever named Luke is on a mission to become a service dog for a wounded warrior. His trainer Charles […]

Love and Honor: Specially Trained, Caring Dogs Serve Those Who Serve

Spring 2015 – On any given weekday, it’s not unusual to see recovering warriors at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, Md., engaged in a mission that will transform the lives of their fellow veterans with disabilities. A quick look inside the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) program once there reveals the heart […]

New leash on life: Service dogs, trained by and for wounded warriors

March 14, 2015 – Brookeville, Md. — Meet Ron. He has helped hundreds of servicemembers suffering from PTSD. He works at Walter Reed National Medical Center in a Navy camo harness. His title? Animal co-therapist. Ron is a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever — a facility dog who works at Walter Reed and the National Intrepid […]