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Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors

Health Research Initiative for Veterans

Welcome to Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (CPAWW): a Health Research Initiative for Veterans. The initiative was established in October 2013 to advance the health and well-being of members of the armed forces. At CPAWW, we are committed to the evolution of nursing knowledge within the context of research, education and practice in order to better assist the military population. We invite you to explore our site, which is aimed at advancing the standards of care for our military veterans in our region and beyond.


The mission of CPAWW is to comprehensively advance interdisciplinary research, education and practice protocols for wounded warriors and veterans through the development of evidence-based and restorative interventions, to support military-related health initiatives by building community partnerships, to investigate therapeutic interventions--particularly those involving canine assistance-- that positively influence health outcomes, and to emphasize system planning, innovative public policymaking, and thorough protocols of care development for the armed forces.


CPAWW joins with community partners who provide support for our military, advance evidence-based practice protocols in military-related clinical settings and promote the delivery of culturally-congruent and competent care for the military members.