Carl Frank, a member of the organization's Purple Heart Board also currently serves on our Board of Directors. He grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He served with the 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagles) 1st Brigade, 2nd Battalion, and 327th infantry in the Republic of South Viet Nam during 1967-68. This elite paratrooper battalion distinguished itself as having the longest continuous service of any combat unit in Viet Nam. Carl’s battalion was on a “search and destroy” mission in Quang Tri Province when the paratroopers encountered heavy fire from an entrenched North Vietnamese Army Division. On March 21, 1968 Carl led his comrades on a pre-dawn assault. As he was attempting to rescue a fallen comrade, he was hit by an AK-47 round shattering a bone in his right forearm just below the elbow. Although the paratroopers defeated the enemy, the battle dragged on for several days and the 101st sustained heavy casualties. During his hospital stay, Carl was assigned to assist his fellow soldiers in the hospital’s rehabilitation facility. Following his military service Carl earned B.S. degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and then went on to complete an M.B.A. at the University of Arizona. Carl owns Artis Builders, Inc. and resides with his two children and a grandchild in San Diego, California. His email is: carlf@FreedomIsNotFree.com.
John Winslow developed a deep respect for those who serve in the military as he spent his early years growing up on an Army base. He has also spent time studying abroad in China and volunteering at a high school in Nepal, which cultivated a healthy appreciation for the privileges and opportunities afforded to him by being an American citizen. He heard about Freedom Is Not Free through a friend, and was very interested in the cause and the versatility of the organization. He started out as the Grants Coordinator for Freedom Is Not Free, processing, verifying, and submitting grant applications to our Purple Heart board for consideration. As Programs Director, he was in charge of planning, developing, and executing all programs & services offered by Freedom Is Not Free. John takes his deep knowledge of our programs and impact into his current role of Executive Director, where he is responsible for leading and developing the organization. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from the University of California, San Diego. His email is: johnw@FreedomIsNotFree.com.
Business phone: (858) 847-9999
Fax: (858) 369-5667
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