WCC is a non-profit in Boyds, MD that trains mobility service dogs for wounded veterans and names their dogs after fallen or inspiring service members. Each puppy trained will bring awareness to the inspiring service of their namesake while helping to heal the invisible wounds of recovering warriors. The dog often becomes a “social lubricant” for the recovering service member who can talk about the dog, the dog’s namesake but not necessarily about themselves. Anyone can nominate a “namesake” and WCC is always looking for female veteran names.
As a marketing tool to bring awareness to the contributions of Navy Nurses, the board approved to decentralize NNCA’s namesake submission efforts to the Chapter level and to the History and Memorabilia Committees. The submission process is easy; you can submit names directly to WCC via the link provided below. There is no requirement for you to submit namesake nominations, but if you do, please consider the following:
1) You must have the member or family permission to submit a name for WCC’s namesake program.
2) The namesake nomination should be someone who will resonate with the future veteran (most likely a younger man who was wounded in combat) who will receive the service dog. The namesake nomination doesn’t have to have served in combat or have been wounded, but should have a compelling or inspiring story that connects to wounded veterans.
3) If you do submit a name to WCC, please forward the name to the Pamela Giza at firstname.lastname@example.org, the NNCA WCC POC, for record keeping and to avoid duplication of effort.
The WCC Namesake Nomination form is attached so you understand the information requested by WCC. Once you have gathered all the information about your nomination, open the link, enter the information into the blocks and press “submit”:
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Pam Giza, NNCA WCC POC