Wounded vet, nonprofit and puppies help actors create authentic characters for new NBC show

November 19, 2018 – BOYDS, Md. — Puppies crawled over legs and laps, under chairs and knees, stretching to lick the faces of some of the cast and crew of the new NBC show “The Village” as they sat on the floor. A small group from the show arrived at the headquarters of the nonprofit […]

More than a dozen service animals are paired with veterans for support

September 29, 2018 – Gaithersburg, Md – For the last two years, Laura Taylor and her family have taken in yellow Lab, Barb and trained her to, one day, become a service dog for a veteran. “This was more than just a one-time care package. This was something that was going to change someone’s life […]

Associated General Contractors of America Undertakes Centennial Project: Renovation of Historic Barn at WCC’s Healing Quarters

January 5, 2018 – The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is celebrating 100 years by undertaking an historic project to help our Nation’s wounded Veterans heal from the invisible wounds of war.  As its centennial project, AGC is focusing on the renovation of an historic barn at the Warrior Canine Connection’s Healing Quarters in […]

Wounded warriors receive service dogs in ceremony

October 7, 2017 – Germantown, MD ( –For the past five years, the Warrior Canine Connection has worked to prove that sometimes the best medicine has four legs and a wet nose. After six months of waiting, former army infantry officer Dan Berschinski was officially given the leash of his service dog Buntz. Read full […]

From puppies to alums: WCC celebrates recent graduating class of service dogs

October 9, 2017 – Germantown, MD (Meredith Tibbets, Stars and Stripes) — They waited for months, and finally it was time for the veterans to receive the newest addition to their families. More than twenty therapy and service dogs “graduated” from the Warrior Canine Connection on Saturday at Germantown, near the group’s headquarters in Boyds. […]

Radio Interview: American Heroes Network

December 27, 2016 – Rick Yount, WCC Executive Director, was the guest during the one-hour interview about post-traumatic stress, the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy, and the Warrior Canine Connection program. Listen to the interview here.

Licking their wounds: Trained dogs assist, comfort wounded Airmen

March 29, 2016 – Brookeville, Md. (AFNS) — Staff Sgt. Ryan Garrison embraces his service dog Luke at their home in Glen Burnie, Md. Read the article.

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.