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More than 300 bikers come out for Retrieving Freedom event

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WAVERLY (KWWL) - More than 300 motorcycle riders coming out Saturday to support a great cause that links service dogs with veterans and special needs children.

The Retrieving Freedom organization held their open house event in Waverly.

The Retrieving Freedom dogs were born with a purpose.

"He helps me pick up stuff off the ground, he gets my prosthesis for me," said Vietnam War veteran Lyle Dean.

Veterans all over the world suffer from illnesses and ailments that can't always been seen by the naked eye, like Gulf War veteran Wayne Heiselman

"He helps me out with my PTSD and my depression he reacts to my emotions on a daily basis," said Heiselman.

That's why more than 300 bikers gathered in Waverly to celebrate the very organization these special dogs come form.

After a blessing of the bikes and the pledge of allegiance, riders from all over revved their engines and took off on a 110 mile ride to honor the grand opening.

They know just how vital these dogs are to their owners.

"He helps me get outside more, socialize more, if you have PTSD you tend to isolate yourself,"" said Heiselman.

"You see a veteran out with his dog and you're like, 'wow, I've never seen that guy before,' maybe because he never went outside before he had a dog," said Retrieving Freedom co-founder Scott Dewey.

Dewey says that's why this organization is so great, because you can see your donation at work.

It's a win-win situation.

"My dog is more than my best friend," said Dean. "He's like a son to me."

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