About Freedom Alliance
To advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.
A national security strategy which deters wars that are avoidable; wins wars that are inevitable; and never forgets those who go to war on our nation’s behalf.
- To honor and support America’s military and meet the rehabilitation needs of wounded service members, combat veterans and military families.
- To care for the families of fallen with college scholarships for our heroes’ children.
- To help America’s leaders shape policies that prioritize the sovereignty of our people, the security of our country, and the safety of those who fight for it.
- To help philanthropic Americans experience the joy of making a positive difference on those who serve and sacrifice for our country.
The History of Freedom Alliance
In May 1990, two Vietnam veterans formed a new charitable organization and shortly thereafter Freedom Alliance began to make its mark on history.
Two months later, in another part of the world, an Iraqi dictator invaded a helpless neighbor. President George H.W. Bush vowed the aggression would not stand and deployed America’s military to liberate Kuwait.
Freedom Alliance determined that Persian Gulf warriors would receive the respect and support their Vietnam-era predecessors were denied a generation before.
The organization immediately launched Operation Homefront and mobilized hundreds of volunteers to assemble and ship 125,000 care packages to our troops in the field. Each box was filled with items to relieve boredom and fight the desert heat, but more important, they conveyed the public’s overwhelming support. It was one of several projects Freedom Alliance initiated to care for our war fighters.
After Saddam Hussein refused to peacefully retreat, the world’s greatest military introduced themselves to the Iraqi army and its occupation of Kuwait was short lived. America’s military came home to a grateful public and a page of American history turned. No longer would a belligerent minority of campus radicals and their anchor desk allies be allowed to malign America’s heroes in uniform.
After the deadliest terrorist attack in history on September 11, 2001, America’s military was sent to fight again. In the long war against radical Islamists, Freedom Alliance leads the homefront efforts to honor the fallen, support fighters in the field, help wounded troops rehabilitate, and assist families struggling with the wounds of war.
Freedom Alliance not only supports our troops, we fight for a free and sovereign nation in which “We the People” determine our own destiny. We defend America’s history and her heroes. And we believe in American exceptionalism – the idea that the United States is the greatest force for good the world has ever known.
Meet Our Team
Freedom Alliance is guided by dedicated individuals who value the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces
Thomas P. Kilgannon, President
Calvin Coolidge, Executive Director
Dee Wilgenbusch, Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Justin Sabo, Director of Military Programs
Board of Directors
Mr. Gerald Lindholm, Chairman
Mrs. Rita Scott, Secretary / Treasurer
Mr. Bob Bauman, Director
Lt. General Jerry Boykin, USA (Ret.), Director
Mr. Ed Dally, Director
Mr. Bob Garthwait, Jr., Director
Mrs. Lynn Silan-Torcolini, Director
About Freedom Alliance Founder Oliver North
Founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, Oliver North, is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, #1 best-selling author, founder of a small business and holder of three U.S. patents. For seventeen years he was a syndicated columnist and host of “War Stories” on FOX News Channel. In May 2018, he retired from FOX News to serve as the 66th president of the National Rifle Association of America.
North was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 and served twenty-two years as a U.S. Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.
From 1983-86 he served as Counter-Terrorism Coordinator on the National Security Council staff. He helped plan the rescue of U.S. students on Grenada, the liberation of American hostages, the capture of the Achille Lauro hijackers and the raids on Muammar Gadhafi’s terror bases; after which he was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal’s Islamic Jihad. President Ronald Reagan described him as “an American hero.”
North has authored seventeen best-selling books and is co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization serving wounded U.S. military personnel and their families. He is widely acclaimed for award-winning FOX News coverage of more than sixty U.S. units in combat and his Freedom Alliance “Hero College Scholarships” for children of service members killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Yet, he says his greatest achievement is being, “the God-fearing husband of one, father of four, and grandfather of eighteen.”
LtCol North and his wife Betsy live in Virginia. In November 2018, they celebrated their 50th anniversary.