“This is my charge to all of you. We need to spread the word of the soldiers who are still fighting…Our soldiers here depend on the support of our loved ones back home…Tell everyone you know of the trying times our brothers are facing. Tell everyone of the heroism of the soldiers who lost their lives and of the soldiers who are fighting to recover what they have lost.” USMC - Afghanistan, Remembering fallen soldiers
For the fourth summer in a row, Freedom Is Not Free teamed up with Surf Diva to provide two days of fun in the sun and professional surf instruction to more than 100 military children! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, the camp was once again offered at no cost to the participants.
For more information about the camp, click here.
At the end of September 2010, over 1.4 million servicemen were on active duty in the US with a further 840,000 in reserve components. This is a huge amount of the US population, over half of which have families and children. Whilst we continue to support and applaud the invaluable work and huge personal sacrifice of those in the armed forces, it can be easy to forget the effect that their work can have on their families too
On 12 February 2012, the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo, CA held a special event to benefit wounded veterans and their families through Freedom Is Not Free. The family friendly event featured fantastic performances by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, the Cal Elite Contemporary Ballet Company, and the Ice'Kateers, as well as addresses by Jay Kopelman (FINF board member, retired USMC Lt.Col), and Mission Viejo Mayor Frank Ury.
The Kaleidoscope Center generously offered to raise funds to support veterans in several ways. For every 'like' their Facebook received between 1 and 12 February, they donated $1 to Freedom Is Not Free! They also generously donated a portion of sales from the day.
For more information about the event, please click here. If you missed the event this year, we hope to see you there in 2013!
The Board, Staff, and Volunteers at Freedom Is Not Free would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters a Happy New Year, and to thank each and every one of you for your support in 2011. We rely on good-hearted donors such as yourself to carry out our mission of supporting wounded veterans and their families.
Besides the numerous programs that we offer to veterans and their families in the San Diego, CA area - we also provide financial assistance to combat wounded veterans across the country. We would like to take the time to share the story of one of our recent grant recipients, a brave and humble Warrant Officer named Thomas Fogger. You can read his story by clicking here.
We strive to keep our grant recipients anonymous unless they willingly offer to share their story. If you would like more information about what types of assistance Freedom Is Not Free provides, please email us at email@example.com, or call our office. Happy 2012!
Freedom Is Not Free has partnered with Cars 4 Causes to increase support in order to help veterans and facilitate donations to troops! Do you have an old car, RV, boat or truck and don't know what to do with it? Consider donating it to Cars 4 Causes -- the charity that GIVES to charities! They offer a unique way for you to donate to Freedom Is Not Free by selling your donated vehicle, saving you the hassle. The proceeds from the sale are then donated to Freedom Is Not Free! It's that easy.
Freedom Is Not Free is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting wounded service members and their families, and the families of the fallen. Freedom Is Not Free makes grants to Purple Heart recipients and their families to meet their immediate financial needs, including but not limited to, the expenses associated with medical care, travel, home modification, and paying bills. We support community projects and provide activities for wounded service members and their families.
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U.S. Troops Killed in OIF: 4,422
U.S. Troops Killed in OEF: 2,100
U.S. Wounded in Action: 50,407
As of 14 May 2013