A Tribute To the Veterans of America's Armed Forces
Celebrating its 5th year,
the American Freedom Festival returned to the nation's capitol to honor
our veterans. Organized by the American Freedom Foundation, Inc., the event
featured country music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters,
joining together to raise money and awareness for the veterans of America's
armed forces and their families whose lives have been affected by Operation
Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Press Release for the 2008 concert is below.
The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. is
a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation organized to honor veterans of America's armed forces and raise money and awareness for
various veterans' organizations with special emphasis directed to welfare and educational issues facing those wounded in action,
those disabled and families and children of veterans killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi
American Freedom Festival is a concert event
that features country music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters, joining together to help support
and fulfill the mission of the American Freedom Foundation, Inc.
Contact Information: American
Freedom Foundation P.O. Box 6357 Tampa, FL 33608-0357 Telephone: (813) 541-4512 Email: email@example.com
Chairs: SMA Jack L. Tilley (retired), Co-Chairperson A career soldier, SMA Tilley held many leadership
positions within the Department of the Army until his retirement January of 2004. As Sergeant Major of the Army, he sat on
a wide variety of councils and boards that made decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families.
After retirement SMA Tilley has continued
his advocacy of the men and women in uniform. In addition to co-chairing the American Freedom Festival Organizing Committee,
he also gives speeches around the country to help raise the public consciousness in support of our military.
Ted Hacker, Co-Chairperson Ted Hacker started International Artist Management (IAM) in 1986 as a full-service artist management and event production
company specializing in the field of country music and serves as its President and CEO. IAM's client list has included superstars
The Oak Ridge Boys, Dr. Hook, B.J. Thomas, Diamond Rio and Darryl Worley.
At Christmas during the past few years,
Ted joined the SMA Tilley for a USO tour of Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Uzbekistan with Darryl Worley. It was during these
tours that the concept of the American Freedom Foundation was born.
Organizing Committee Members:
David Barber, (Dave Barber, LLC)
CSM Dwight Brown (retired), former Sergeant
Major to General Tommy Franks
Stan Cherrie (Cubic)
Steve Cole, (Cole Enterprises)
Steve Cook (Golf Wolf Government Services)
Joe Cunningham (Capture Planning Solutions)
Steve and Dee Geise, (Joint IED Defeat
man good enough to shed his blood
for his country, is good enough to receive a square deal afterwards . . ." --
"The willingness with which
our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly
proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by
Supporting our military and veterans is not about politics.