Skip to comments.Program that pairs service dogs with veterans booted from Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed
Posted on 11/09/2017 9:02:41 AM PST by mairdie
A program that prepares service dogs for permanent placement with wounded veterans and their families has been booted from Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed without explanation, the program's executive director says.
GERMANTOWN, Md. The Warrior Canine Connection, a program that uses an army of volunteer puppy raisers, dog trainers and veterans to prepare service dogs for wounded veterans and their families, has been partnering with military facilities in the D.C. region since 2009.
But suddenly and without explanation that came to a stop, says Warrior Canine Connection Executive Director Rick Yount.
He said his trainers and puppy raisers at Fort Belvoir and at two locations on the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, were told on Oct. 27th to vacate their offices that afternoon.
At two oclock in the afternoon, I received a phone call saying there was a stop work order. There was no explanation whatsoever as to why that was the decision, Yount said.
Asked if there had been an issue with the program, problems with staff or an incident at either of the military sites, Yount said he hasnt heard anything.
Were trying to get answers. Why would all of the sudden a program be halted that was serving patients? Yount asked.
If a dog had bitten someone or if there had been an incident, he said he could understand why there would be concerns about the program or even an interruption in the activities that his staffers and volunteers provide. Weve heard absolutely nothing he said.
WTOP has contacted Fort Belvoir and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Warrior Canine Connection had two offices at the Bethesda campus, one at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and one at Building 11. Public affairs officials at both facilities have been contacted. Jimmie Cummings at Fort Belvoir said he was trying to track down information on the contract, which Yount said was not set to expire until 2019.
The Warrior Canine Connection training model has volunteers visit with young puppies to socialize them when they are just weeks old. Then the training begins. Volunteer puppy raisers get training on how to handle the dogs at Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed. Veterans have been taking an active part in the training so that eventually the dogs that graduate the program can be placed for a life of service alongside a wounded warrior.
Thats whats so distressing, Yount said.
Some veterans told him that knowing theyd be visited by the dogs and training with them gave them a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Theres no question that this program saves lives he said, cradling a future service dog Lou in his arms.
I feel guilty for thinking it, but my first thought is to wonder if there's a Muslim connection.
Has to be a muzzie connection there somewhere; all it takes is one person to complain and hundreds do without.
Or an anti-Trump program sniper because I think Lara Trump has been involved in this program or similar
Very interesting. Completely forgot about her connection.
Not sure it is the same program but she is involved in something similar like Pets for Vets
The decision is likely to be based on emotion, or the presumption of an emotion moreso than practicality. I suspect the reason will soon be known, because this change is going to attract a great deal of attention.
This may have been authorized by the openly biased type of government employee that was popular during the Obama years.
FWIW, my wife is addicted to the Canine Warrior “puppy cam”, so I recognized the name.
Do you have a link? I don’t mind a few small addictions.
WOW. I bet you are right. Some Muslim probably complained that his/her civil rights were being violated by allowing this. LOVE THAT PICTURE
Yep. I trust dogs. I don’t trust Muslims.
Why feel guilty? Suspicious but not guilty.
I had same thought, but without the guilt.
Have to work on the guilt. Catholic raised.
A tired puppy is a good puppy!
I remember when I took my GSD to puppy play day to get socialized; he would come home and literally drop on the floor.
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