Harris Rebar Partners with Wounded Warriors Canada

Company will sponsor the organizations $100,000 commitment to Courageous Companion Service Dog Program in 2014

OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Wounded Warriors Canada is very proud to announce that Harris Rebar has partnered with Wounded Warriors to sponsor their 2014, $100,000 funding commitment to the Courageous Companions PTSD Service Dog program.

This announcement was made at a special presentation today on Parliament Hill where Courageous Companions celebrated the placement of their 100th Certified Service Dog - Elijah.

Wounded Warriors Canada has become the national leader in funding animal assisted support programs for Canadian Armed Forces members (serving and retired) suffering from the devastating impacts of PTSD. In 2013, the organization committed $80,000 to the Courageous Companion Service Dog program and is excited to now have a national funding partner in place with Harris Rebar.

Phil Ralph, National Program Director for Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, "Given the increased awareness around the availability of this groundbreaking program, I know it has been a challenge to keep up with the demand."

"We remain committed to ensuring that no matter where a serving or retired CAF member resides, if they qualify, they will have access to this program. The contribution from Harris Rebar is a game changer and will work to keep the backlog of applicants down while allowing our organization to focus on special funding projects for the severely injured who would benefit from a service dog," said Ralph.

David Camozzi, President of Eastern Operations for Harris Rebar, an affiliate of Nucor Corporation, commented, "Harris has 22 Canadian locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland. The company and its teammates are extremely excited to be involved with the Elite Service Dog program."

"We have challenged every Canadian branch to sponsor the training of a companion animal for those who have faithfully served our nation and are in need of support as they get on with their lives after active service," said Camozzi.

About Wounded Warriors Canada:

Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Armed Forces members - be they regular force, reservists or retired - who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Through a wide range or programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left our soldiers in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of PTSD, perpetrated by Operational Stress Injuries. Overall, however, their mandate is to help any Veteran in need as they transition to civilian life.

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SOURCE: Wounded Warriors Canada

For further information:

Scott Maxwell
Executive Director
Wounded Warriors Canada

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