Richard's Story

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Richard's Story

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Hi.  My name is Richard Tudor and I am a member of the United States Marine Corps.  I served from age 17 to age 24 (1983-1990). I am a proud American and wanted to give back to my country.  I was in the infantry; a motorman and machine gunner.  I was a rifle instructor at Parris Island.  I traveled all over the world, and if there was a conflict, I was on the other side of the world.   I was medevacked from the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and then Spain and then to Walter Reed and Bethesda after suffering a depressive break.  While in there a doctor came to me privately and said take this pill it will help you.  I later had a psychotic break.  Since then I have been suffering from bi-polar schizoid-affective disorder and PTSD.  It took me 26 years to finally get a medical discharge. 

I usually wait in the truck when my wife goes shopping, and I cannot enjoy each day as my mind is still going back to my stay at Walter Reed.  I have paranoia, hear voices tell me to get out of here, and am very anxious and have trouble being around people.  My wife, who is now my official caregiver, and I have been married 13 years.  With her beside me I could enlarge my environment.  That is a 24/7 job.

I heard about RFI at a DAV meeting.  I spoke with another disabled vet and he helped me to get the process started.  I was able to fly to Iowa with my wife to visit the RFI there, and the dogs were so soothing.  I felt at peace and was able to enjoy each moment.  I was able to work with a dog for about 20 minutes.  The experience was so peaceful and brought many untroubled smiles.

Since being accepted, I will travel to Missouri to begin working with my dog.  I will begin a friendship that will give me unconditional love and protection.  I am hoping to reduce my every day nightmares and the number of pills I have to take.  I hope to be able to go into stores and not feel someone is watching me; when I'm anxious, I hope my dog will have my back and I’m not having to look all around me to see if someone is watching me.  I am hoping my dog will decrease my daily paranoia as I will feel safer.

I am so relieved to have been accepted with RFI, and I can now see hope for my future.  I will be able to go into stores with my wife and go off in a different direction knowing my dog has my back.  I was discharged from the USMC seeing a different world that scared me and I didn’t know how to cope except through many, many medications.  My dog will take away my fear.


  • Patti Garbe | Mar 6th 2020 @ 10:45 AM

    So glad you are helping our VETS. They are so deserving and their stories touch our 💕 hearts.!

  • Gerry | Mar 31st 2020 @ 9:59 AM

    Watching my son go through such anguish after his so loved and successful military career was cut short tears out a mother’s heart. Being a lover of animals and having confidence in their sensitivity to human emotions, I am grateful for his opportunity to get one of these dogs. I share his assurance that his dog will give his mind a chance to function in this world. I’m also thankful that my daughter-in-law can feel some relief and comfort in this happening. I will lend any financial support th

  • richard tudor | Apr 1st 2020 @ 8:57 AM

    Hello everyone that has seen my post ty....once you see it if you could share it again on your fb page that would get more and more people learning about this organzation and it could help others and defienetly help out rtrivingfreedom .org thank all of you for your time and respect to those who need service dogs

  • Maureen OConnor | Apr 7th 2020 @ 7:55 AM

    Oh Richard, So much raw pain. Your story comes across and resonates. I will pray that your new companion is the key you need to open the long locked door to your true essence. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Maureen

  • Liz Keleher | Jun 13th 2020 @ 8:58 PM

    So happy for you little brother. Better days are in the future for you and Sandy you deserve it. Love you lots Liz

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