Warrior Canine Connection staff members and service dogs in training are traveling in style, thanks to its new transport van, courtesy of a $50,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
While the van was purchased in February of this year, it’s recently been updated with some artwork and is sure to be recognized anywhere it goes. Newly wrapped with graphics, the van is now adored with WCC’s logo and, of course, features adorable puppies and service dogs.
The much-needed van is used daily to bring WCC’s mission-critical programming to its service dogs in training and allow its partner organizations to attend training and educational events in the area.
WCC’s Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) program is unique from other service dog organizations in that the organization enlists Service Members and Veterans who are in recovery to help train the dogs for their fellow Warriors. Anchored in performing a military support mission, the participants in WCC’s MBTR program concurrently benefit from the program while serving others. Program participants receive therapeutic benefit from skills development in communication, confidence building, accountability, emotional regulation, and patience to promote an act of service.
“We’re proud to give back to Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) and provide them with this critical service dog transportation vehicle,” said Meghan Vargas, director of development, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. “We cannot wait to see the service dogs riding in style! Supporting hometown heroes is at the forefront of everything we do and we’re proud to partner with WCC to give back to our veteran community!”
For the past 16 years, donations have been the driving force behind Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® supporting first responders and public safety organizations nationwide. During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 69 grants totaling more than $1.5 million to public safety organizations across the country that need critical lifesaving equipment and resources.
We would love to say an additional thank you to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for making it all possible!