2018 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Jan 9 – Freedom Alliance partnered with U.S. Bank to make much-needed home repairs through RAMP (Repair and Maintenance Program)to the home of injured service member, Sergeant Major Brett Beaudette. The retired Army Ranger, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, lives in Wyoming, Minnesota.
Jan 9-15 – Freedom Alliance hosted an American Heroes Retreat for Operation Iraqi Freedom and 13-year Army veteran Matthew Rumple and his family of four at the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado. Matthew was given 6 months to live in November due to uranium exposure during his last deployment. Freedom Alliance stepped in to give his family a special retreat away from the worries surrounding his illness.
Jan 11 – Freedom Alliance sponsored the Wolf Pack Basketball Team, part of the Warrior Foundation / Freedom Station, for their 2018 season with a gift to assist in purchasing equipment and other necessary items. The team is comprised of injured veterans and is located in San Diego, California. The team enjoys the camaraderie of competition, and more importantly, the activity assists in their physical and mental rehabilitation.
Jan 13-20 – Freedom Alliance hosted an American Heroes Retreat for the Lee family, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Bradley Lee was shot in the head during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012. This retreat served as a part of his long road to recovering from his wounds and allowed his family, which includes 7 children, the opportunity to spend some well-deserved time with their father.
Jan 13-20 – Freedom Alliance hosted an American Heroes Retreat for a veteran and his family of five in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Jan 22-31 – Freedom Alliance hosted a retired Army MSGT and his wife for a Heroes Retreat to Israel. The trip, was part of Freedom Alliance’s ten-day trip to the Holy Land and included visits to Nazareth, the Jordan River, the City of David and the Sea of Galilee. (Their trip was featured in Alabama’s The Enterprise Ledger on Feb 12, 2018: http://www.dothaneagle.com/enterprise_ledger/news/israel-trip-a-great-opportunity-for-enterprise-couple/article_878df2e2-1016-11e8-8799-5f5b7d8bf6f9.html)
Feb 5 – Freedom Alliance provided a sponsorship of the 2018 Gold Star Teen Adventure Camp which hosts the children of fallen special operations personnel to a high adventure summer camp in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Feb 15 – Freedom Alliance sponsored 54 veterans and staff from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-Residential Rehab (PTSD-PRRP) Program to a trip to the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Virginia.
They toured the museum, watched an IMAX showing of “D-Day” and were treated to lunch. One of the attendees, a Vietnam veteran, told Freedom Alliance staff: Today was really good. One thing I love seeing was the little kids. The kids were looking at the aircrafts and learning about history, and my history. We are so lucky to get to visit a place like this. Thank you.
Feb 21-24 – Freedom Alliance hosted five troops for a Fishing Trip to Cypress Cove Marina in Venice, Louisiana.
Feb 22 – Freedom Alliance hosted a group of ten out-patients and caregivers from the Richmond Polytrauma Center to a Recreational Outing at an “Escape Room” in Petersburg, Virginia.
Feb 27 – Freedom Alliance treated a family of four to a Troop Appreciation Dinner in Orlando, Florida. The dinner provided the opportunity for the family to enjoy upscale dining, further strengthening the important bond shared by the American family.
Feb 28 – Freedom Alliance hosted a Troop Appreciation Dinner for 60 service members and their families at the Texas de Brazil restaurant in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa area is home to one of the premier Poly-Trauma installations in the Department of Defense. In attendance at the dinner were amputees from current conflicts and special operations members recovering from their wounds.
March 2 – Freedom Alliance, in conjunction with U.S. Bank, presented the keys of a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to medically retired Army SGT Aaron Hillis and his family in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. This was our 11th Heroes to Homeowners presentation.
(This presentation was featured in The Greenville News:
March 3 – Freedom Alliance founder and honorary chairman LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) and his dog Casey joined 11 service members from Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia for a day of Bird Hunting and Fishing on Butler Farms in Inwood, West Virginia. Members of the Shenandoah Valley Sportsmen Club volunteered their time to make sure our veterans had a great day.
March 9 – 18 – Freedom Alliance sponsored snowboarder Marine SGT Michael Spivey at the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Michael was injured by an IED during his second deployment in Afghanistan in December 2010. He lost his left arm below the elbow and suffered shrapnel injuries to his back and legs. Michael was introduced to para snowboarding during his rehabilitation.
March 21 – Freedom Alliance hosted a Gold Star family, including one of our Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund students, for a Troop Appreciation Dinner at Texas de Brazil restaurant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
March 23 – Freedom Alliance hosted a Pasta & Paint night for 20 veterans and caregivers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
March 24 – Freedom Alliance hosted two military families for a Troop Appreciation Dinner at Texas de Brazil restaurant in Orlando, Florida.
April 9-14 – Freedom Alliance hosted its sixth annual Heroes Vacation at the Los Suenos Resort in Herradura, Costa Rica. 16 veterans, from each branch of the military, were treated to luxury accommodations, fishing, swimming, zip-lining, golfing and even a tour of the crocodile-infested Tarcoles River.
This event was featured in Marlin magazine – https://www.marlinmag.com/wounded-veterans-fishing-los-suenos-costa-rica-2018.
April 17 – Freedom Alliance launched its“On the Move” program by presenting a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox to retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gregorio Salcido and his family in Ashburn, Virginia. Gunnery Sgt. Salcido suffers from PTSD and TBI as well as severe back issues from combat deployments. The program, in partnership with U.S. Bank, is designed to improve quality of life while providing a cost-free means of transportation for service members and their families.
“In just over a week, the incredible help this car has been to our family in getting to appointments and working toward recovery is unexplainable! So beyond grateful.”
~ Kat Salcido
April 18 – Freedom Alliance presented an All-Terrain Wheel Chair to SPC Matthew Leyva, USA (Ret.) at its Dulles, Virginia headquarters. Matthew is pictured below with members of the Freedom Alliance Board of Directors, L to R: Ed Dally, Gerald Lindholm, Bob Garthwait, Rita Scott and Jerry Morris.
April 23 – Freedom Alliance partnered with longtime ally and restaurant owner Frank Casano to host eight veterans at a Troop Appreciation Dinner in New York, New York. The evening brought together two generations of service members, with veterans from the Vietnam era and Global War on Terror sharing their experiences and enjoying each other’s company.
April 26 – Freedom Alliance staff visited with injured troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
May 1 – Freedom Alliance staff and volunteers packed 32 Gifts from Home Care Packages in our Dulles, Virginia headquarters and mailed them to a Marine Special Ops group serving overseas.
May 1 – Freedom Alliance partnered with U.S. Bank to make much-needed home repairs through RAMP (Repair and Maintenance Program) to the home of injured service member, SGT Jacob De La Garza, USMC (Ret.).
Jacob lost his leg in combat in Afghanistan in 2011, and his new, accessible shower assists greatly in his recovery.
Jacob lives in Edinburg, Texas.
May 10 – Freedom Alliance hosted a Troop Appreciation Dinner for two retired Army Staff Sergeants and their families at The Woodbine Inn in Woodbine, Maryland. The troops enjoyed their reunion dinner.
May 21 – Freedom Alliance hosted an injured service member and his guest for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs – Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
SGT John Moore, USA (Ret.) was recognized on screen during the Soldier Salute.
May 21 – 25 – Freedom Alliance hosted 14 combat veterans for a Deep Sea Fishing Adventure in beautiful Sitka, Alaska.
May 30 – Every year on Memorial Day, Americans honor those who have fallen serving the United States Armed Forces. For the fourth year in a row, our friends at Adrenaline Bootcamp in Chantilly, Virginia hosted a Memorial Day MURPH Challenge to help honor America’s heroes and give back to those who sacrificed for our freedom. The MURPH Challenge is named in honor of Lt. Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy, US Navy SEAL who was killed in action during Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2015. Murph was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest decoration.
May 31 – Freedom Alliance joined forces with BoTime Fishing to offer 3 disabled veterans a Bowfishing for Stingrays Adventure in Cobbs Creek, Virginia.
June 2 – Freedom Alliance sponsored the Ward Burton American Heroes Event in Halifax, Virginia.
June 2 – Freedom Alliance hosted troops for a Fishing Adventure in Nags Head, North Carolina.
June 2 – Freedom Alliance was invited to join the rock band “Til September” at its concert in Kingsville, Maryland. Freedom Alliance president Tom Kilgannon and our 2018 Scholarship Fund Ambassador Shelby Summers were recognized on stage. The band members are longtime allies who donate their proceeds to Freedom Alliance.
June 7 – Freedom Alliance hosted troops and caregivers from Richmond Polytrauma for a Rafting Trip in Richmond, Virginia.
June 14-17 – Freedom Alliance hosted 5 wounded combat veterans for a long weekend of Fishing and Water Sports on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia.
June 15 – Freedom Alliance sponsored a Troop Appreciation Dinner for a veteran and his family for dinner at Texas de Brazil Restaurant in Syracuse, New York.
June 21 – Freedom Alliance hosted its second annual Welcome Reception for Friends & Sponsors of Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia. We were joined by more than 100 friends and allies including 15 Scholarship Fund Student, several Gold Star Families and veterans. Freedom Alliance founder and honorary chairman, LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) was on hand to meet with attendees and make remarks. The event highlighted the efforts and impact of our Scholarship Fund and featured remarks by two of our current students.
June 21-24 – Freedom Alliance hosted its seventh annual Scholarship Fund Retreat in Washington, DC for 13 of our Scholarship Fund Students.
Students visited their parent’s final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery, participated in team-building exercises and toured our Nation’s Capital. This year’s tours included: Mount Vernon, the White House and the evening parade at the Marine Corps Barracks at 8th & I.
June 24 – Freedom Alliance presented an All-Terrain Wheel Chair to Staff Sergeant Bradley Fasnacht, USA (Ret.) at the VFW in Ellicott City, Maryland.
While on deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, Bradley’s vehicle stuck an IED. He fractured both of his ankles, fractured two vertebrae, and suffered a TBI. Due to complications from his injuries, his left leg was amputated below the knee last year.
June 29 – Freedom Alliance hosted seven veterans and one widow of a serviceman to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance annual Capital Area Sporting Clay Shoot in Glenn Dale, Maryland.
July 11 – Freedom Alliance offered an injured service member and his daughter the opportunity to attend the Taylor Swift Reputation Concert at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland thanks to a generous donation from The Washington Times.
Eight year old Madison said:
“I got to see my favorite artist sing all of my favorite songs. I even got to be up close to watch her! It was an amazing experience. Thank you Freedom Alliance! I love you all.”
July 14 – Freedom Alliance hosted 4 couples for a Troop Appreciation Dinner at Texas de Brazil Restaurant in Yonkers, New York.
July 18 – Freedom Alliance hosted 14 troops and staff from the Richmond Polytrauma Center for a Troop Appreciation Dinner at Texas de Brazil Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia.
Our activities and events are made possible through the generous support and participation of individuals, corporations, and foundations that share our commitment to support our troops, our veterans and their families.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!