Keeping the Promise

The Stronghold Freedom Foundation was founded to address the toxic exposures of military veterans who were deployed to Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Foundation's mission is to bring awareness to the long-term effects of exposure to the toxicants present at the base. 


A small team of committed K2 veterans is working directly with members of Congress to ensure our rights are guaranteed by law.


Find out how you can help us bring awareness to the health issues faced by veterans who were exposed to toxic environments during their military service.


We keep you up to date on virtual and in-person events that are relevant for K2 veterans and family members.

Mission Statement

The Stronghold Freedom Foundation utilizes awareness and partnerships to serve those who were exposed to toxic conditions while deployed in the service of our country.



With your help, we can reach every member of Congress.



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Chronicling K2

Chronicling K2

Read the stories of K2 Veterans and their family members at our publication. 

About Stronghold Freedom Foundation

PJ Widener and Mike West formed a Facebook group for the veterans of Karshi Khanabad (K2) in 2012, to connect with other sick K2 veterans who might be struggling with the VA. Sadly, Mike succumbed to cancer in 2014. His final wish was for PJ to continue the mission.

Stronghold Freedom Foundation was founded to keep that promise.


Camp Stronghold Freedom 20th Reunion

Oct 22, 2021 12:00PM—Oct 26, 2021 12:00AM

Camp Stronghold Freedom 20th Reunion Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Surviving Spouses Connection Call

Dec 06, 2020 7:00PM—8:00PM


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Our Advocacy Efforts
Every once in a while a true unsung hero emerges within a cause, someone who gives time and energy and never quits. That person is our own Mark Jackson. He will be pissed that we even mentioned him. Mark has lead our Advocacy Team for the last nine months or so. In that time he…
Do the Recent Articles About Depleted Uranium & Gulf War Syndrome Affect SFF Mission to K2 Veterans
The answer is no! February 21, 2020 There have been recent media reports disproving the link between depleted uranium (DU) and Gulf War Syndrome. While this is of interest to K2 veterans, it does not delegitimize or impact any of our diseases and claims. Declassified DoD documents about conditions at K2 identify hundreds of known…
Senators Urge VA Secretary to Provide Care for K2 Veterans
February 17, 2020 For Immediate Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 16, 2021 Contact: Anela Lingg | 202-228-6519 Sen. Moran Calls on VA Secretary to Conduct Inter-Agency Collaboration to Provide Care for K2 Veterans WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) – along with committee members…