Friends and Supporters:
For the last 12 years, Freedom Alliance has sponsored a Military Leadership Academy to develop leadership skills in America’s youth and teach them about military service. Hundreds of high school students participated in, and graduated from, this program. College students who served in ROTC were Academy Instructors and not only acted as mentors to our cadets, but developed their own leadership skills as well. The program has instilled self-confidence, and a set of core values in each cadet who graduated.
As you know, Freedom Alliance also operates a Scholarship Fund which has awarded over $7 million to the children of fallen and disabled heroes, and a Support Our Troops program that serves both wounded and active duty troops and their families. Through our work with these heroic young men and women, we know they are not healed simply because the politicians in Washington have declared the war to be over. Their needs are increasing, but going unmet.
For that reason, Freedom Alliance recently made a difficult but important decision.
After discussion with our Board of Directors and our Founder, Colonel North, Freedom Alliance has decided to retire our Military Leadership Academy. This decision allows us to focus more of the organization’s efforts on support for injured service members and the families of fallen heroes.
Please know this was not an easy decision, but it is the right one. We are proud of all that we accomplished through the Military Leadership Academy. High school students who spent their summers with us, afraid and unsure of themselves, are today leading infantry platoons, flying fighter jets, leading Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen or Marines, or are furthering their studies in Annapolis or West Point at the finest military institutions in the world.
We influenced the lives of hundreds of students, helping them become stronger citizens. Those who graduated from the program can be proud of their achievements. The Core Values that were instilled in them during those summer months remain and will continue to guide them in their pursuit of excellence.
We are grateful to all the cadets who participated in the program over the years and to their parents for allowing Freedom Alliance to play a role in the lives of their kids. The program would not have enjoyed the success it did without the participation of our college student Instructors. These young men and women accepted enormous responsibility and worked hard to shape the character of our cadets. They planned field exercises, classroom activities, guest speakers, tours and base visits that kept the cadets active all day long.
And to all of our supporters, who generously invested in this program, please know that your commitment has changed the lives of hundreds of students who are now better citizens and stronger leaders.
There is a responsibility we have to those who have served our country. As George Washington put it in a 1776 letter to Congress: “something is due to the Man who puts his life in his hands, hazards his health, and forsakes the Sweets of domestic enjoyments.”
At Freedom Alliance, we see too many wounded troops still working to rehabilitate and too many families struggling to repair relationships that were strained during long and difficult deployments. We will concentrate our time and attention toward helping them. It is more important than ever to support our warfighters and their families as they deal with injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Thomas P. Kilgannon