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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Do Not Take Us For Fools
by Mark T. Jackson My name is Mark T. Jackson.   I am an Army combat veteran, I am a Federal agent, and I am here to represent the fifteen-thousand veterans of K2 airbase in southern Uzbekistan.   Before I begin, I want to honor my brothers and sisters in the Capitol Police. I stand in solidarity with…
Lauren Price
The Stronghold Freedom Foundation sends condolences to the family and friends of Lauren Price. Her passing underscores the fight she led and which we all now continue in her memory.  Lauren was an inspiration and a tireless advocate for veterans who were victims of toxic exposure. From Veteran Warriors: “Leading from the front, Lauren assembled…
Kerry Self
Kerry Self was a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He retired from the US Air Force as a Major after 20 years of service to his country. He passed on April 3, 2018, he was 52 years old. He loved flying and after retiring went on to work as a pilot for Southwest Airlines.…