Bunce and Bunce: America’s Puppy meets his namesake

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Many of you may have already met the latest addition to the WUSA9 news team. Bunce is a military service dog in training, who will some day assist a wounded warrior. Andrea McCarren will raise and train him for the next two years, before he’s teamed with a veteran. See and read […]

Service Pups in Training Help PTSD, TBI Patients Heal

Bethesda, MD (DoD Live) — You’re stressed, your thoughts aren’t straight, and you’re tapping your leg anxiously. But suddenly there’s a little furry head sitting on your lap, reminding you to calm down.  You start petting that furry little head, and next thing you know, you’re feeling a lot better. Read more here.

Meet America’s Puppy: Bunce

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — You may have noticed a certain furry friend hanging around WUSA9. If you haven’t, you’re about to learn this 11-week old yellow lab is more than a cute face. He has a noble future ahead of him, helping wounded warriors. Read the story and see the video here.

Menlo Park non-profit training service dogs for veterans celebrates 2 year anniversary

MENLO PARK, Calif. (KTVU) – It’s a program that’s helping veterans heal by connecting them with service dogs. On Saturday, the program will celebrate two years of helping injured veterans. A Labrador retriever named Luke is on a mission to become a service dog for a wounded warrior. His trainer Charles Cotton is a U.S. […]

Love and Honor: Specially Trained, Caring Dogs Serve Those Who Serve

On any given weekday, it’s not unusual to see recovering warriors at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda, Md., engaged in a mission that will transform the lives of their fellow veterans with disabilities. A quick look inside the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) program once there reveals the heart of the mission, an assortment of […]

New leash on life: Service dogs, trained by and for wounded warriors

BROOKEVILLE, Md. — Meet Ron. He has helped hundreds of servicemembers suffering from PTSD. He works at Walter Reed National Medical Center in a Navy camo harness. His title? Animal co-therapist. Ron is a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever — a facility dog who works at Walter Reed and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in […]

Veterans’ Therapy Goes to the Dogs –

WASHINGTON — When Lt. Tommy Faulkenberry came home to his wife and four sons in 2012, after 12 years at sea with the U.S. Coast Guard, he found his transition to civilian live especially difficult. He had contracted a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and as the physical toll on him mounted, depression, anxiety, and […]

Puppies at Warrior Canine Connection More Than Just a Cute Face – WNEW

The puppies at Warrior Canine Connection are more than just a cute, fluffy face — they’re service dogs in training. Warrior Canine Connection is a nonprofit service dog organization that provides therapeutic intervention a for service members in treatment for post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Click here to read the article.

The Healing Power of Dogs – Soldiers Magazine

Sometimes the best therapy doesn’t come in a hospital or a doctor’s office. Sometimes it doesn’t come from a pill or an operation or a counseling session. Sometimes it comes with a cold nose, a warm tongue and a wagging tail. Sometimes it comes in the form of a dog like Gabe. Gabe is a […]

From pups to healers: Companions change wounded warriors’ lives – WTOP Radio

Can a furry, four-legged creature really help save a life? Many wounded warriors and their spouses say, “yes.” It’s in part thanks to the Warrior Canine Connection. The pioneering program enlists recovering wounded service members to train service dogs for fellow wounded members. Read the article, see the video and picture gallery, and download the […]