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Warrior Canine Connection Receives Grant from Carrington Charitable Foundation to Help Meet Growing Need for Service Dogs to Support Veterans

Boyds, MD, June 29, 2017 --( Warrior Canine Connection is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from the Carrington Charitable Foundation. WCC will use the funds to support its mission of providing canine therapy to help Veterans 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. The MBTR model provides Veterans with a sense of purpose while they are in treatment at Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and is designed to remediate their symptoms of combat stress, such as isolation, emotional numbness and re-experiencing. 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.

“We are so grateful for this generous support from the Carrington Charitable Foundation,” said Warrior Canine Connection Founder and Executive Director Rick Yount. “The emotional and physical support that service dogs provide to our Veterans is invaluable, and we’re excited to use this funding to help support our mission and to meet the growing need for Warrior support at each of our five locations.”

Warriors who have participated in WCC’s unique form of canine-assisted therapy have reported that it has significantly improved their self-worth, peer relationships and family dynamics, among other positive attributes.

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Matt Moores, who trained a dog while in recovery from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, and ultimately was paired with his own service dog, James, says the process has been life-changing.

“It made me feel like I had a purpose again,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Matt Moores. “It made me feel like I have something that I’m good at and that is doing good for others. And those were the two things I was missing in my life. To have that back is the best medicine.”

WCC is currently utilizing MBTR at five locations, including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE,), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the Menlo Park Campus of the Palo Alto VA Health Care System in Northern California, and the WCC Healing Quarters in Boyds, Maryland.

For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, Warrior Canine Connection, at 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, help in reintegrating back into their families and communities, and a potential career path as a service dog trainer. For more information, visit

About the Carrington Charitable Foundation
As the nonprofit organization of The Carrington Companies, the Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) supports nonprofit organizations and communities across the United States through causes that reflect the interests of Carrington leaders and employees, who are collectively known as our “Associates.” The Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit causes across the United States through fundraising events, donation drives and volunteering. Our Veteran-focused Signature Programs focus on providing Mobility, Stability, Purpose and Prosperity for Veterans returning from the post 9/11 conflict battlefields. Through these programs, CCF honors the sacrifices of our nation’s servicemen and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country’s freedom. To read more about CCF visit our website at
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Beth Bourgeois

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