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The Freedom 13 nonprofit 501c(3) (application pending) has been setup as another organization to aid US military veterans with another resource on their journey to leading a full productive civilian life. We aim to strengthen the bonds they share with their families and other veterans as well as help them rediscover themselves.  

The Freedom 13 was started in 2022 in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz KIA Kabul Afghanistan on 08/26/2021. Mark (his father) and Jaclyn (his step mother) have been married since 2010 and have a family of 5 (3 sons, 2 daughters).  Mark owns a successful photography/videography/drone business and Jaclyn is a top producing insurance representative.  With the loss of their son; their new mission in life has shifted to try and take care of as many veteran service members as they can.

What We Do

Homes For Troops

Providing homes and working with organizations to provide homes for our veterans. 

PTSD Support

Working with existing organizations to help with mental health.

Recreational Retreats

Giving Vets a place to go to get away. 

Service Dogs

Working with existing organizations to help with mental health through service dogs.

Supporting Our Veterans

Without generous donations from wonderful people like yourself from around the country none of this would be possible.  Please find it in your heart to help us repay a debt that has no price tag.


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