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part of their therapy. Many studies have found that training dogs
provides invaluable therapeutic benefits that are far preferable
to the traditional drug-based treatment programs.
WCC has the opportunity to help even more veterans. The group
was recently granted access to a new facility - a historic dairy
barn and related grounds - from the state of Maryland. While an
existing house with a three-car garage on the site provides some
space for offices, volunteer meeting areas and the organization's
puppy-breeding program, the jewel of the 80-acre property is a
historic barn that will greatly expand the space needed for all
of these operations, as well as overnight boarding rooms for the
dogs' permanent owners when they come for their two-week
introduction and training session.
The scope of the project, the reputation and recognition of
WCC's work and the impact the organization has on the lives of
veterans and their families are the reasons that AGC of America
selected renovation of the barn as its Centennial project for the
AGC Charities' Autodesk Operation Opening Doors program.
"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring our Heroes campaign
first brought WCC to our attention," explains Mike Anderson, chair
of AGC Charities and senior vice president of American Global,
a member of multiple AGC chapters. "The Chamber had honored
WCC for their support of veterans and, in the process, learned
about a new facility WCC acquired from the state of Maryland. The
site included an old barn."
The Chamber asked if AGC could help WCC renovate the barn
to create a new National Healing Quarters facility. "It seemed like
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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
For more information about how you can
support the renovation of Warrior Canine
Connection's new headquarters and
celebrate AGC's 100th anniversary, go to
www.agccharities.org and select "Centennial
Operation Opening Doors Project" section.
Monetary donations can be made online.

program, particularly in conjunction with the pending 2018
centennial celebration," says Anderson.
AGC representatives visited the site with a construction company executive, met with the WCC group and some of the veterans
they serve, and toured the facility. "It was particularly jarring
when they heard a number of veterans talk about how the program
had kept them from committing suicide," says Anderson. "After
running some initial assessments of the barn and reviewing
Warrior Canine Connection's finances to make sure everything
was in order, AGC Charities decided to adopt the project as our
Centennial Operation Opening Doors effort."

MISSION-FOCUSED STRATEGY WORKS
The veterans work alongside professional dog trainers to train
the animal to serve the veteran who will receive the dog on a
permanent basis, explains Jennifer Wilder, director of development for WCC. "The veterans must take the dogs to places where
there are lots of people - malls, outdoor spaces, sidewalks on
busy streets - to prepare them to handle everyday life with their
owner," she says. The mission - to properly train the dog - gets
the veterans out of their own heads and focused on training the
dog. The energy, positive outlook and interaction with a variety
of people and situations help veterans with PTS and other hidden injuries re-learn socialization skills and become more confident as they are training the dogs, she explains. "We cycle the
dogs through clinical centers so by the time they complete their
two-year training, they may have impacted 50 or 60 different
veterans," she adds.
The extra space the renovated barn will provide is important,
says Wilder. "We have 60 dogs in training, which means that we
also have 60 volunteer puppy parents who come to our site once
each week to meet with the trainers," she explains. Even with
weekly classes limited to 10 dogs, space is tight when you put 10
dogs, 10 adults and a trainer in one room of a small facility, she adds.
Plans for the barn renovation also include temporary quarters for veterans who are helping to train the dogs, service dog
recipients who must attend a two-week introduction and training
session as they receive the dog, and space to increase the organization's breeding program to better meet demand for service dogs.
"We have a one- to three-year waiting list for service dogs,"
explains Wilder. "As the demand to use the dogs for therapy in
the rehabilitation centers grows, we also need more dogs." In
addition to having a strong breeding program of its own, WCC is
part of a service dog breeding collective that breeds Golden and
Labrador Retrievers. "These dogs are ideal service dogs because
of their temperament and their stature," she explains.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - January/February 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Mission
Simonson Says
2018 Regulatory Update: AGC Leaves No Stone Unturned
De-Constructing Delays and Disruptions: Task Force Tackles an Ever-Increasing Problem
Workforce Development Is Priority One
Going Up
Technology Toolbox
Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
Book Shelf
The 99th Annual AGC Convention: Celebrating 100 Years of Construction
Member and Chapter News
Overcoming Permit Delays
2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Intro
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover1
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover2
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 3
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 4
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 5
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 6
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 8
Constructor - January/February 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 10
Constructor - January/February 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Mission
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 13
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 14
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 15
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 16
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 18
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Regulatory Update: AGC Leaves No Stone Unturned
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 20
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 21
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 22
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 23
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 24
Constructor - January/February 2018 - De-Constructing Delays and Disruptions: Task Force Tackles an Ever-Increasing Problem
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 26
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Workforce Development Is Priority One
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Going Up
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 29
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 30
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 31
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 32
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 33
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 34
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 39
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 40
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Book Shelf
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 42
Constructor - January/February 2018 - The 99th Annual AGC Convention: Celebrating 100 Years of Construction
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 44
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Overcoming Permit Delays
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 48
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 67
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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