Maryland Park Service

Wounded Warrior and Veterans Outreach Project 

Warrior Canine Connection

Warrior Canine service dogExpanding Services to Wounded Veterans and Military Families

On May 28, 2014, State of Maryland officials approved a long-term lease on 80-acres of parkland on the grounds of the Schaeffer Farm Area in Seneca Creek State Park  in Montgomery County, Maryland. This site will not only accommodate the Warrior Canine Connection’s long-term needs, but is consistent with Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ commitment to “support the physical and psychological well-being of American servicemen and women injured in service to our country.”

The Warrior Canine Connection is a non-profit organization that helps veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and brain injuries train service dogs for other veterans. The new location will enable WCC to add an Apprentice Service Dog Training program and offer art and music therapy, as well as acupuncture and eventually add equine therapy and therapeutic farming and gardening.

The area within Schaeffer Farm offers a tranquil restorative setting close to Walter Reed, providing the ideal location for Warriors to transition back into civilian and family life. What’s more, this partnership will result in the rehabilitation and long-term caretaking of the Farm.

“DNR’s Maryland Park Service is excited to support American servicemen and women at Seneca Creek State Park, which provides a 6,000-acre oasis conducive to the services provided by the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC),” says Nita Settina, Superintendent, Maryland Park Service. “The Park offers a unique opportunity for the State, WCC, military medical providers and volunteers to join forces, harness the healing power of our natural resources and serve the needs of returning Warriors and Veterans.”  Visit the Warrior Canine Connection website for more information.

Wounded Warrior & Veteran Outreach Coordinator: Christina Carlson