Thank you for your help in identifying Warriors we can honor through the naming of WCC’s service dog puppies. Each of our dogs is destined for a lifetime of service in support of recovering Veterans and their family members.
Starting in 2013 with the naming of service dog in training "Lundy" for Navy Corpsman HM3 (FMF) Brian K. Lundy, Jr., who was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 9, 2011, WCC has been honoring fallen and inspiring Service Members and Veterans by giving their names to Golden and Labrador Retriever puppies entering our program. Through this tradition, we have recognized Veterans who have served from World War II to recent conflicts. Some lost their lives in battle, others were wounded in action, but all have made profound contributions to our country.
As service dogs in training, each puppy will bring awareness to the inspiring service of their namesake while helping to heal the invisible wounds of recovering Warriors. When the dogs are placed, special bonds will also be created between the Veteran service dog recipients and the Warriors their canine partners were named to honor.
As part of our nomination process, we ask that those suggesting a name provide information about the Service Member or Veteran they wish to honor, along with a photograph. If the name is selected for a WCC puppy, this information will be shared at the time of the announcement.
It is critical that permission be granted by the nominee or by family members of anyone nominated for this honor.
This is an example of the information provided for a recent honoree named for a member of our Valor Litter:
Mr. Purple - "MIKE"
PFC Michael Metcalf knew he wanted to be in the military from a very young age. He spent his last years of high school at a prestigious military academy in Wisconsin. He joined the Army right out of high shool. On March 22, 2012 Metcalf started his first tour in Afghanistan. PFC Michael Metcalf was Killed in Action on April 22, 2012 when the MRAP vehicle he was driving struck an improvised explosive device (IED) near Ghazni, Afghanistan. Mike was Quick Response Team member and was coming to the aid of his injured comrades when he was killed. He was a paratrooper assigned to the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and was conducting combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his actions.
Please complete the following information about the Service Member or Veteran you wish to nominate: