CBS This Morning – Catherine Herridge

CBC News   Service members say rare cancers and other illnesses linked to contaminated base A CBS News investigation reveals new evidence in the cases of service members who believe their rare cancers and other illnesses stem from time served on a remote base after 9/11. They say they were exposed to toxic materials at a…

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Press Release – Removal of Research

For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2022   Removal of Research Information     The Stronghold Freedom Foundation (SFF) is the first and only nonprofit organization whose mission is to address the toxic exposure of military veterans who were deployed to Karshi-Khanabad (K2), Uzbekistan during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The Foundation’s mission is…

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Press Release – Investigative Findings on the removal of Executive Director, PJ Widener from the Board of Directors

For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – December 20, 2021 In early 2021, PJ Widener was asked to step down from his position with the Board of Directors as Executive Director with the Stronghold Freedom Foundation (SFF). SFF conducted an internal investigation, and it was determined that after reviewing statements and talking with current and previous…

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Richard Riddle

Today, we remember Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Richard Riddle. Rich was an early supporter of the Stronghold Freedom Foundation and was a vocal proponent of legislation that would help K2 veterans who were suffering from illnesses caused by toxic exposures. He passed away just one year ago on June 14th, 2020 after a long…

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Edward Allen Quinn Jr.

Edward Allen Quinn, Jr. passed away on June 10th, 2020 after a long battle with Glioblastoma. Edward was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. He served a total of 17 years with the United States Army. While deployed to Uzbekistan he served in the 112th Signal Battalion. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years,…

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DAV Article about K2

Washington, D.C. – May, 27, 2021 The DAV published an article recently regarding the resent legislation for K2 Veterans and Stronghold Freedom Foundation. This article helps bring awareness to our cause and give us the ability to reach more K2 Veterans. See the article here: Executive order moves ball forward for K2 veterans – DAV…

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Press Release – First Annual Run to Remember (virtual)

For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – May 19, 2021 Stronghold Freedom Foundation invites you to join us for our first annual Run to Remember. Once again, we are honored to be co-sponsors with the Bulletproof Veterans Podcast team for this Virtual 5K. We are running or walking to remember those we have lost and those…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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