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November 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Time Details:
6pm Meet & Greet hosted by Friends of the Library (must be a Friend) 7pm Author Talk and Book Signing
Campbell County Public Library
2101 S. 4-J Road
Gillette, WY 82718
Craig Grossi and Fred to Visit Campbell County Public Library Thursday, November 21 • 6pm Friends of
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Craig Grossi: Author, Marine Corps Veteran

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Campbell County Public Library is pleased to welcome Craig Grossi, former US Marine, and Fred, former Afghan stray, to the library to share their story! Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran, a recipient of the Purple Heart, and the author of "Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other" (HarperCollins, 2017). This event is free and open to the public.

6pm: Meet & Greet hosted by Friends of the Library • Must be a Friend of the Library to attend. Visit your library’s circulation desk to join.

7pm: Author talk and book signing by Craig Grossi • Free and open to the public.
Wind City Books (Casper, WY) will sell books at CCPL starting at 5pm.

Come hear Craig's story of how man and dog rescued each other as well as the power of dogs and how his bond with Fred helped him adjust to civilian life and overcome obstacles.

From the back cover of Craig & Fred:

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a U.S. marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other. . . .

In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog “with a big goofy head and little legs” who didn’t run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. They shared a piece of beef jerky, and then the dog began to follow him. “Looks like you made a friend,” another marine yelled. Grossi heard, “Looks like a ‘Fred.’” The name stuck.

Fred not only stole Craig’s heart; he also won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag—risking jail and Fred’s life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it home to Craig’s family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the U.S., it was Fred’s turn to save the wounded marine from post-traumatic stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in Louisiana to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

An inspiring tale of resilience and what Craig calls “stubborn optimism,” Craig & Fred reminds us how love and perseverance can transform our lives.

After Afghanistan, Craig left the Marines in search of a new mission – to share his story and his adventures with Fred, and the message of “stubborn positivity” that Fred inspired. When not traveling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations, including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS). Previously, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended Georgetown University.

Craig and Fred have appeared on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, Fox News, and been interviewed by The Washington Post, People Magazine and more...

Grossi’s visit is made possible by The Library Foundation Inc. Arrangements for the appearance of Craig Grossi made through HarperCollins Speakers Bureau, NY, NY.