Warrior Canine Connection Receives Grant Funding from TD Charitable Foundation


BOYDS, Md. – Warrior Canine Connection was recently awarded $10,000 in grant funding from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, in support of its Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) program.

“We are extremely fortunate to have continued support from the TD Charitable Foundation,” said Rick Yount, founder and executive director, Warrior Canine Connection. “This grant funding will go directly toward WCC’s Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) training program, which helps Veterans in recovery train service dogs for their fellow Warriors. We appreciate the TD Charitable Foundation’s generous assistance and commitment to expanding this innovative intervention to more Veterans in our communities.”

MBTR programming 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.

“The Mission Based Trauma Recovery program gives participating Service Members the opportunity to build critical life skills while also ensuring their fellow Veterans have the service companions they need. The support from the TD Charitable Foundation demonstrates our commitment to helping build a better future by creating opportunities, increasing resources and assisting to meet the critical needs of our Veteran and Service Member Community,” said Dave Hargadon, Regional Vice President for the Mid-South Metro (Calverton, Md.).

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


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 TD Charitable Foundation

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $282 million through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation is available at https://www.tdbank.com/corporate-responsibility/the-ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/.

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