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    Default Vote for a Good Cause- Retrieving Freedom - Can win a $25,000 small business grant

    Fed Ex is giving away 10 small business grants. You can vote daily Through Feb. 23, 2014. I think this is a great organization that is helping veterans and autistic children. Scott Dewey, who was a field trial pro, left a successful business to start this organization. They have a banner at the bottom of RTF.

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    Retrieving Freedom, Inc.

    Senatobia, MS


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    We are a 501c3 Non Profit charitable organization that trains service dogs for disabled Veterans and children with Autism.
    What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?
    We have an extensive background in competitive dog training but always felt that there was a greater purpose for these dogs. We live in the greatest country on planet earth protected by the greatest military known to man. Our ability to train these dogs for a greater purpose could not be ignored. These dogs can help disabled veterans re-engage society, help them get through the day, and even save their lives.
    How do you define success for yourself and for your business?
    Each dog we place helps make a disabled Veteran or a family living with Autism's day to day life easier to manage. With military suicides reaching epidemic levels with as many as 22 or more a day. If a trained service dog could help save a Veterans life or help a family with an Autistic child ease situations that arise throughout the course of the day, I cant imagine a more successful career.
    How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?
    Being a non-profit, we are not able to produce these service dogs without the generosity of the public & the help of companies like Fed-X. The cost of one trained service dog is upwards of $25K. The avg person already living on a fixed income in many situations could not afford this kind of out of pocket expense. We had to be a non-profit in order to solicit grants as well as public & private donations. This grant would help offset the production costs associated w/ the dogs in training.
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    Done. Thanks Susan. Very good cause.
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    Just voted and shared on FB! Good luck to a great cause!
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    They are doing awesome work. I voted and will try to vote each day.
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    Did you cast your vote for retrieving freedom today? I just did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeDog View Post
    Did you cast your vote for retrieving freedom today? I just did!
    I will vote, but just wanted to add something. I saw a very moving piece on a Canadian station a couple weeks ago. They were profiling a couple of returned vets who had seen the atrocities of combat and what impact it was having on them and their families. PTSD, which surfaced as anger, becoming distant from family members, depression, etc. is all too common in returning vets. Plenty of vets divorce because their spouses just don't know how to cope with someone who doesn't seem to be the same person they married. Some feel they and their children are endangered. This leaves the vets feeling more alone and isolated and both men interviewed said they felt suicide was the only option. Enter a service dog and the game plan changes. These dogs can sense the moods of their owners and act accordingly to de-stress them. These dogs are saving lives in every sense of the word.

    One of the saddest things is that the military will cover the cost of anti-psychotic medication, but not a service dog!?! It's been proven that these dogs work wonders and that many of these men no longer need their medication, but the funds spent on medication can't be reallocated for a service dog. That has to change or many people who need a dog won't ever have the opportunity.

    I just finished reading a book titled, "The Divinity of Dogs" by Jennifer Skiff. Anyone who has had a dog give them a reason to get up in the morning knows what dogs can do for anyone with a setback of any kind.

    I'll vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinnLandR View Post
    Is Facebook the only way to vote? I do not and will not have a Facebook page. If there is another way to vote, I would like to do so.
    I gotta check it out more...
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    This is really neat. In my 30 yrs of teaching, I've taught several students that are functioning to high functioning autistic. I actually had two autistic students in my U.S.History class last year alone. One of my former (favorite)student athletes, with autism, just graduated from the University of Houston in December. Makes me very proud.

    I would love to take part in some way.
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    Done for a good cause
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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeDog View Post
    Did you cast your vote for retrieving freedom today? I just did!
    Yes ,and again today.
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