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.


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 toxins that were unknown at the time. We do this by raising awareness of the dangers our veterans were exposed to in their daily lives. The Foundation then utilizes strategic partnerships to help veterans deal with the effects of those exposures.

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  • 9/11/2001

    Terrorists attack the US

  • 2001

    US Forces arrive at K2

  • 2005

    The last US Troops Leave K2

  • 2012

    Mike West and PJ Widener form the Facebook group

  • 2013

    Mike West dies from K2 related cancer

  • 2019

    Tara Copp writes her first article on K2

  • Feb 2020

    HR 5957 is introduced by Rep Mark Green and Rep Stephen Lynch

  • March 2020

    Stronghold Freedom Foundation becomes a 501(c)3

  • July 2020

    Additional legislation is introduced

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We can always use the help of talented volunteers to help us further the mission of the Stronghold Freedom Foundation. If you are interested please contact us.