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OUR MISSION

To minimize the veteran suicide rate, free veterans from the imprisonment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Fort Freedom
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About Fort Freedom

Fort Freedom was founded in 2017 by a U.S. Army Veteran to address the urgent need for expanded PTSD treatment and Veteran suicide prevention. At the time, rates of under-treated PTSD among military members had reached unprecedented highs.

 

Our Mission

The mission of Fort Freedom is to minimize the veteran suicide rate, free Veterans from the imprisonment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and guide them to a newfound sense of purpose.

 

Our Approach

Fort Freedom offers an intensive 12-week life-restoring program developed by Veterans, for Veterans. We take a holistic approach supported by fitness, nutrition, trauma therapy and other wellness-based services. This program provides Veterans with the tools and support needed to take control of their lives. Our program does more than hold hands - it throws a rope to Veterans struggling with PTSD and emotional scars from military service. Fort Freedom also provides tailored 12-week virtual therapy curriculums for male Veterans, female Veterans, and family members impacted by PTSD. This program creates immediate access to care with a masters level therapist, no matter where you are located.

 

Our Advocacy

We actively collaborate with legislative representatives to advocate for improved Veteran care in all facets of life. By partnering with policy makers, Fort Freedom aims to enact real change for the Veteran community.

The Executive Team

Jerry Haffey, Jr.

Founder and Chair

Glenn Sime, Jr.

Program Director

Zute Weick

Chief Operating Officer

Samantha Jackson

Secretary

Chelsea Platas

Chief Development Officer

Marc Chiurato

Treasurer

Board of Directors

Cris Carter

Board of Directors

Dania Slim

Board of Directors

Jerry Haffey, Sr.

Board of Directors

Shereen M. Vahabzadeh

Board of Directors

William T. Mandia

Board of Directors

John C. Brandes

Honorary Board Member

Aaron Steinberg

Board of Directors

Executive Team
Board of Directors

Kathleen Clouse

Board of Directors

Jim Smith

Honorary Board Member

Jeff Miller

Honorary Board Member

Honorary Board Members

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A Personal Note from Dr. Keller about Fort Freedom:

I work with adults that have endured significant trauma in all aspects of life.  Early childhood trauma, community violence, physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, terrorism, combat and war trauma.  My interest in working with the Fort Freedom Initiative came about from having the privilege to work with veterans suffering from PTSD.  I was, and continue to be, in awe of their resilience in working through and overcoming the darkness and inexplicable hardships that they have endured.   By working with veterans and offering the opportunity to heal in the context of dignity, safety and compassion, they are able to overcome the complexities of trauma. I am indeed honored, humbled and grateful to do this work with Fort Freedom, which was created by individuals with self-less, heart-felt and soul-full intentions, of hard work, generosity and optimism.

“Through the transformative power of healing you are able

to live the quality of life you desire and deserve.”

Dr. Sylvia Keller