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Warrior Canine Connection Receives $75,000 Grant from Boeing in Surprise Fashion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2019

BOYDS, Md. – Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) is pleased to announce it has received a $75,000 grant from The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) to support its Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) programming in the D.C. region and beyond.

News of the grant funding was provided at Boeing’s Arlington site today during a visit with several of WCC’s youngest service pups in training from two recent litters — the No Fail Mission and Allegiance Litters. Boeing employees helped to socialize the future service dogs, a process that starts at three weeks of age.

While there, Tim Keating, Boeing executive vice president of Government Operations, surprised WCC Founder and Executive Director Rick Yount with news of the grant funding, which added some most welcome excitement to the visit.

“That was one dog-gone great surprise!” said Rick Yount, founder and executive director, Warrior Canine Connection. “It’s not every day that you attend an event and find out your organization has received a $75,000 grant. We are so thankful for Boeing’s continued support and commitment to serving our nation’s Veterans, we couldn’t do it without them.”

This recent grant funding brings Boeing’s total financial support of WCC to $175,000 over the past two years.

“Boeing is proud to partner with Warrior Canine Connection and recognizes the important work they are doing to support our military veterans and their families, said Tim Keating, Boeing’s executive vice president of Government Operations. “With this additional investment, Boeing is helping recovering Warriors reconnect with life, their families, their communities, and each other.”

WCC uses a Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) therapy model designed as an intervention for combat Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The MBTR model provides Veterans with a sense of purpose while they are receiving treatment at Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. It is designed to remediate their symptoms of combat stress, such as isolation, emotional numbness and re-experiencing events from their combat days. MBTR also harnesses the healing power of the Warrior Ethos in which Warriors train service dogs for fellow Veterans; through the process, they learn to focus on the dogs and their mission to help another Veteran.

For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, Warrior Canine Connection, at beth.bourgeois@warriorcanineconnection.org or 719-216-3206.

 

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ABOUT WARRIOR CANINE CONNECTION:
Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to empower returning combat Veterans who have sustained physical and psychological wounds while in service to our country. Based on the concept of Warriors helping Warriors, WCC’s therapeutic service dog training program is designed to mitigate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other challenges, while giving injured combat Veterans a sense of purpose, and help in reintegrating back into their families and communities. For more information, visit www.warriorcanineconnection.org.

 

ABOUT THE BOEING COMPANY:
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries.

Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.