Community Champions

Katie Gorman Life Skills Trainer, NeuroRestorative National Capitol
Grant Recipient, Warrior Canine Connection

Katie volunteers as a “puppy parent” at Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a non-profit organization in Brookeville, MD that breeds and trains therapy dogs to support wounded veterans in the Maryland area. Katie is also Life Skills Trainer at NeuroRestorative’s Germantown program, a partner of The MENTOR Network, where she plays an integral role in providing dog therapy to the veterans served by NeuroRestorative.

Katie’s passion for working with veterans started with her father, a double-leg amputee from Vietnam. She was inspired to dedicate her career to working in therapeutic care for veterans and discovered the benefits of canine therapy for the veterans she serves at Warrior Canine Connection, where she immediately felt a connection and became involved. The first participant Katie worked with had a profound effect on her. “When the dog was introduced to the participant, I could sense a difference immediately,” she recalls. “His behavior changed and his quality of sleep was enhanced. After weekly visits I began to see a dramatic change.”

Warrior Canine Connection will receive a $500 grant from The Foundation in honor of Katie’s volunteer spirit and hard work.