AD Building Materials
Proud Supporter of Veterans in Need

May 8, 2017

The Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) is a nationally recognized pioneering organization that provides a therapeutic service dog-training program for the Department of Defense and VA medical treatment facilities across the country. WCC utilizes a clinically based program to help alleviate symptoms of wounded veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. WCC was founded in 2011 by Rick Yount, Executive Director. Rick, a social worker back in 1996, witnessed how his dog Gabe provided instinctual comfort to an 11-year old boy during the traumatic transition of leaving his biological mother to be placed into foster care. This realization led Rick to pursue certifying Gabe as a therapy dog and his passion to help others on an even grander scale with the creation of the WCC organization.

Since 2011, WCC has worked with more than 4,500 Service Members and Veterans to prepare service dogs for Veterans with physical and psychological trauma. While this is a great start, 13 plus years of war has resulted in nearly a half-million veterans being diagnosed with post- traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries, leaving many veterans searching for ways to cope with their condition on their own.

As WCC continued to grow, a need for a Welcome Center was realized so that the organization could welcome veterans who would receive WCC service dogs, hold VIP events and meetings with donors and grant providers, conduct board meetings, etc. The Steel Framing Industry Association recognized this need and was able to provide the steel framing and trusses for the building. Without hesitation, AD Building Materials also stepped in to help fill a financial gap along with a few more sponsors including two AD supplier partners, ClarkDietrich and Simpson Strong-Tie. The 20’x20’ Warrior Canine Connection Welcome Center was completed at the end of 2016 and is located at the Healing Quarters location in Boyds, Maryland.

AD Building Materials is proud to support our veterans in need!

To learn more about the Warrior Canine Connection organization, you can visit their website at:

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