Yes, Freedom Is Not Free has been designated a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Federal Identification Number is 47-0951987.
Despite the assistance and aid offered by the military and the government, wounded military personnel and their families confront innumerable obstacles while coping with the burden of care for a wounded service-member or the loss of a loved one while in the service of our country. Our mission is to aid wounded military service members and their families, and the families of the fatally wounded. Freedom Is Not Free will donate 100% of the money raised to organizations and programs that meet the needs of our heroes and their families.
Initial funding was donated by David Dominguez who was an early financial supporter of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, an organization that supports injured Marines and their families. David, a father of four, wanted to do more for those who sacrifice so much for our country. He decided to establish and fund a new organization. He recruited Carl Frank, a close friend and former business associate, to get Freedom Is Not Free operational. Carl was selected because of his strong management background and his personal experience as a wounded veteran.
The funds are allocated to grant recipients, other non-profit organizations, programs, and/or projects that provide support for wounded veterans, their families and surviving family members.
The role of the Purple Heart Advisory Board is to facilitate the best possible allocation of funds to serve the mission. The Purple Heart Advisory Board is comprised of “those who have been there” - active duty and veteran Purple Heart recipients and their survivors. The Board determines how the grant funds are allocated in order to respond to those most in need of support.
The Patriot Advisory Board serves as an advisory body to Freedom Is Not Free's management. It assists in the promotion of Freedom Is Not Free programs, initiatives, development, and fund raising activities. The Patriot Board is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with complementary personal and professional backgrounds, skill-sets and experience. All Board members share the passion for the mission and the willingness to make a difference. They offer honest, unbiased feedback, new ideas, and an invaluable knowledge-base that assist Freedom Is Not Free's management team and operations.
In Military tradition, the color purple represents sacrifice. George Washington chose the color purple for the first American award honoring the common soldier. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, and posthumously, to the next of kin, in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. Thankfully, most members of the Armed Services are not awarded a Purple Heart. But all of them join the military with the knowledge that they may come into harms way defending our country. Therefore, we wear purple to thank and honor them all for their service and sacrifices.
You are welcome to call us so we can process your donation or purchase over the phone. You may also mail a check payable to Freedom Is Not Free to our office in San Diego, CA or make an online donation.
If you are purchasing Freedom Is Not Free logo merchandise, please call us for specific postage charges based upon the size and scope of your order. You may also order by visiting our online merchandise store.
Our offices are located at:
11772 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 1600
San Diego, CA 92121
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