RFIdogBlack Hawk Archers Host Charity Steel Target Shoot

For area bowhunting enthusiasts, it was a labor of love. While many families spent the Labor Day holiday weekend enjoying the last days of summer, Black Hawk Archers hosted a Steel Target Shoot at Hickory Hills Park near La Porte City. More than 50 shooters competed in the event that was designed to raise money for Retrieving Freedom, Inc. (RFI), a non-profit corporation that trains service dogs for placement into three main markets- veterans, children with autism and adults and children with Diabetes.
Training for these service dogs is highly specialized, tailored to meet the needs of the person with whom they’ll be placed. It typically takes 24 months to complete each dog’s training, an investment that can cost up to $25,000.
In the case of veterans, Retrieving Freedom provides service dogs to those with disabilities and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sadly, many veterans who return home following deployment overseas struggle to maintain some sense of a “normal” lifestyle. In such cases, RFI dogs can provide physical support, serving literally as an extension of the veteran’s arms and legs, as well as emotional support, a companion trained to sense and respond to the veteran’s level of anxiety.
Scott Dewey, Retrieving Freedom Co-President and Co-Founder, said, “The national veteran suicide rate is one an hour. We’re losing more guys to suicide than we’re losing in combat. That’s crazy.”
With a number of veterans among the ranks of the Black Hawk Archers, Retrieving Freedom’s mission of “Keeping Our Veterans in Sight” is one that hits close to home, and just one of the reasons for the strong turnout at the charity target shoot. The event also offered activities for all ages, with the competition sporting divisions for every shooter imaginable- men, women and children, in addition to prizes valued at over $10,000. And for those who would rather climb than shoot, a National Guard representative was on hand, sponsoring a climbing wall for individuals of all ages to test their skills.
For additional information about Black Hawk Archers, logon to their Facebook page at facebook.com/BlackHawkArchers. To learn more about Retrieving Freedom, logon to www.retrievingfreedom.org.