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.

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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David Criado
David Criado passed away on April 23, 2015, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. David was born in Lubbock, Texas, and graduated from Lubbock High in 1983 as a member of the TTU Mesa program. David was raised with a strong work ethic as a young man. He went on to join the USAF…
A Note from the Board
Statement from the Board Regarding the Annual Report The Board of Directors of the Stronghold Freedom Foundation would like to release this statement to address the questions posed in our FB community: Our Financial Director completed our Annual Financial Report and sent it to every board member on January 3rd. Current board members received and…
Nexus Letters
What is a Nexus Letter? A “nexus” is a link or connection between two or more things. The purpose of the NEXUS letter is to make the connection between your (the veteran’s) current medical condition and either a service-connected condition or to an event related to your military service. Ideally, a nexus letter would come…