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: Special Fund Raising Event for Retrieving Freedom-Memphis, TN

Charles Dwyer
09-11-2012, 04:25 PM
Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non Profit organization with facilities in Senatobia, MS and Waverly, IA. Scott Dewey and I train service dogs for wounded veterans and children with Autism.

Thursday night October 18th, Luis Montalvan along with Guy Gilchrist will be the guest speakers at a fund raising event on our behalf.

Louis Montalvan wrote a New York bestseller titled "Till Tuesday" and soon to be a major motion picture will be in Memphis Thursday October 18th to talk about his journey and sign books for Retrieving Freedom! The event will take place at the The Memphis Fire Museum located at 118 Adams Ave. Tickets can be purchased online at www.retrievingfreedom.org or by calling me directly 901-569-8176.

"A highly decorated Captain in the US Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat however the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injuries, and crippling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank, he argued, he ultimately he cut himself off from the ones he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover. Then Luis met Tuesday a beautiful and sensitive Golden Retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among prisoners and at a home for troubled boys blessing many lives he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and a sensitive nature he found it difficult to trust in or connect with human beings until Luis.
“Until Tuesday” is the story of how two wounded warriors had given so much and suffered the consequences and found salvation in each other. Is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, and psychological wounds and spiritual restoration? But more than that it is a story between a man and how they healed each other’s souls."

RFI is currently a candidate member of Assistance Dogs International and as part of our process to become fully accredited, we are being mentored by East Coast Assistance Dogs ECAD, www.ecad1.org and they were the group that trained Tuesday for Luis. Luis will be available to personalize autographed copies of his book and will be speaking about PTSD, invisible injuries, and the life saving qualities of fully trained service dogs. Autographed books will be available to purchase on our website for those not able to attend, $35 for hard back, $20 for soft back.


Would love to see as many of you as possible! All funds raised will be to cover the production costs of service dogs for wounded veterans and children with autism.


Charles Dwyer
10-08-2012, 02:32 PM
Tickets still available! If you live in or near Memphis, TN. This is going to be a truly special night. We will probably share some tears, see first hand how the impact of war goes much deeper than the physical scares. We will also see how a special Service dog name Tuesday brought Luis back into the living and prevented him from becoming a statistic. We will also have our new good friend Guy Gilchrist on hand to show us how to have fun and act like kids again! Guy is the creator of the Nancy & Sluggo Cartoon, created the Muppet Babies with Jim Henson, as well as a singer song writer and story teller. Guy has hand painted a guitar with his special style incorporating service dogs that we will be auctioning off. He has also done a Nancy & Sluggo cartoon for us that will be offered as a T-shirt. The book "Until Tuesday" will be avaiable to purchase personalized by Luis. Please come if you can!
Veterans are welcome at no charge.