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.


Surviving Spouses Connection Call

Dec 06, 2020 7:00PM—8:00PM

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


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News & Updates

Legislative Update – NDAA
K2 is now officially recognized in US Federal law! Sec. 751 of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct an epidemiological study of the effects of toxic exposure to all K2 veterans. This is a tremendous step forward and all of you made it happen. There’s much more…
Mark Wallace
Today The Stronghold Freedom Foundation remembers Mark L. Wallace, devoted father, son, husband, and C-130 Flight Engineer. Mark died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. It was his 45th birthday. Mark was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and lived in Savannah, Ga., most of his life. He was a member of the Wilmington…
Eric Adams
Today, we remember Eric Alan Adams – National Guard Army medic – Citizen Soldier, a registered nurse who succumbed to his cancer on November 19, 2017.  He deployed with the Kentucky National Guard, out of Louisville serving 14 years also supporting the 10th Mountain Division performing high-risk search and rescue missions in Afghanistan along the…