Our Story...

American Freedom Fund (AFF), 501(c)(19), was founded in 2016 by three combat veterans, LT Don Bramer, MAJ Rob Miller, and Petty Officer Gabe Stecker. After their individual tours of duty, they sought a way to continue serving their brothers and sisters in arms by providing the Veteran community the opportunity; the means to maintain the fellowship; and the support of the military as they transition towards their next career.

AFF empowers Active Duty, Reserve and Separated Service Members through a mission of athletics, education, and advocacy. The goal of AFF is simple: provide a place for active duty and Veteran service members to come together in a spirit of camaraderie to participate in recreational AND competitive sports; to afford the means and opportunity for student Veterans who seek a career in defense or public policy to achieve the next step in their goals; and to raise awareness and financial support for Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) that are providing crucial resources for Veterans in the community.

Each year, AFF honors three outstanding VSOs for dedication and support to the Veteran community with an award at the annual Manhattans, Martinis and Mistletoe gala in Washington, DC. This event also provides AFF the opportunity to offer monetary support to other VSOs in need as they work towards their mission of empowering the Veteran community.


"Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is honored to be a two time charity benefactor of AFF's M3 event. With AFF's additional support, TMF is able to continue strengthening America's national character by leveraging the strengths and skills of our military community to inspire the next generation to lead here at home by embodying Travis' mantra, 'If Not Me, Then Who'. AFF and TMF are very much aligned in providing empowerment opportunities to our veterans to live meaningful and purpose driven lives after military service by connecting and leading in their local communities."

-Amy Looney, Vice President of the Travis Manion Foundation