About the Author

Craig Grossi

Craig Grossi, the author of "Craig & Fred, a Marine, a stray dog, and how they rescued each other," is anBook cover with dog over man's shoulder eight-year Marine Corps veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart and Georgetown University graduate. He was as surprised as anyone to meet his first dog during his most dangerous field assignment in Afghanistan. Fred welcomed Grossi to one of the harshest environments in the world, Sangin District in Helmand Province, with a wagging tail. After following him everywhere for two months in the field, Grossi was determined to get Fred to America. With proper scheming and a lot of help, he was able to send Fred home to his family in the states while he completed his tour.

Grossi left the Marines with a new mission: to share his story and his adventures with Fred. His memoir, "Craig & Fred, a Marine, a stray dog, and how they rescued each other," is 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. They now travel America together, “spreading the message of stubborn positivity.”

Grossi was raised in Fairfax County, VA and is now a resident of Maine. When not traveling with Fred, he spends his time with veteran organizations including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

“Craig & Fred” is available in two versions, one for adults and the other for young readers eight and older.

Don’t miss the presentation and book signing from this author.

Author Presentation

Craig Grossi – "Craig & Fred, a Marine, a stray dog, and how they rescued each other"

March 4, 2020 at 7 p.m.
FSCJ South Campus Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32246

March 5, 2020 at 11 a.m.
FSCJ Kent Campus
Main Auditorium
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Registration is not required. All seating is on a first come, first served basis.