BY ANN TORRY
VP OF MARKETING
Re-entering civilian life is a challenge for many veterans. In addition to coming home, securing a job and reconnecting with family and friends, there are often physical and invisible wounds like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) that must heal for a successful transition. Founded in 2011, Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) works to ease the transition back into civilian life by helping to heal those invisible wounds so veterans can function more successfully in their families, communities and jobs. In honor of its centennial year, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and AGC Charities, Inc. have partnered with WCC to further assist veterans in their transitions.
Through the WCC therapeutic service dog training program, veterans play an active role in their own healing. They train service dogs for fellow veterans with physical disabilities, teaching both the dogs and themselves to trust, love, find safety in others and re-discover their purpose. As the WCC expands to include more dogs and veteran trainers, in 2018 AGC Charities, supported by AGC members, will donate over $3 million in materials and labor to transform the current 1930s-era barn in Boyds, Maryland, into a state-of-the-art healing facility that includes offices, meeting rooms, training rooms and overnight housing. The facility sits on 80 acres and is expected to be completed in 2019.
To further assist WCC in growing its organization, AGC is asking members to take action and share support for this program. As an affinity program provider and member of AGC, BirdDogHR is doing just that. With a passion for helping veterans get back to work through veteran-specific job boards and system features that assist contractors in meeting the VEVRAA hiring benchmark, lending a hand to the WCC was a natural fit for BirdDogHR. Along with a financial donation, BirdDogHR will be donating its Integrated Workforce Management System to WCC, which will allow them to automate their workforce management processes. The non-profit is currently using paperbased processes for their 40+ employees across multiple states. With BirdDogHR, WCC can streamline and automate their processes so they can spend more time on what really matters — getting the puppies trained and ready to help veterans.
With the new AGC-sponsored healing facility and the BirdDogHR Integrated Workforce Management System, WCC employees and volunteers can more easily reach their goals. WCC hopes the new training space will allow them to serve thousands more veterans and their families. To do this, they will need more staff, volunteers and donors. BirdDogHR is committed to helping WCC reach this goal through attracting, developing and retaining employees who share in WCC’s vision.
There are many ways your company can help with WCC’s mission of getting veterans on a path toward healing and living independently. From purchasing WCC gear, providing tax-deductible donations and corporate partnership and volunteer opportunities, AGC members can give back to the veterans who have given so much. To learn more about how your company can make an impact, visit www.warriorcanineconnection.org.