Stronghold Group Sponsors Urban Dream Initiative Leadership & Ethics Workshop

Stronghold Group was proud to help sponsor and support the Urban Dream Initiative (UDI) as it held a leadership and ethics workshop at the Philadelphia Military Academy in conjunction with the United States Military Academy. The founder of UDI is Major Ebony Thomas, Esq, a native of Philadelphia and 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy. She just entered her 13th year of active duty service in the US Army and currently serves as a Command Judge Advocate in the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. In her spare time she works to fulfill the mission of Urban Dream Initiative, which is “to reverse the effects of urban decay and restore our urban communities to powerful centers of multiculturalism, opportunity, and prosperity.”

Aside from both being Philadelphia natives, Stronghold Group’s CEO, David Henderson, and Urban Dream Initiative’s CEO, Ebony Thomas, also go way back. “Ebony may not remember this, but I do,” said Henderson. “Sometime in 2004, roughly 12 whole months before she was even eligible to apply to West Point, she was on calls with the admissions office and running through a checklist. I remember talking to her for the first time on a recruiting call with then-Major Gaylord Greene and saying to him ‘This one is wired differently. She has to go here.” Fast forward to 19 years later in December 2023, Ebony is fulfilling every part of the future she manifested and created, having graduated from West Point, serving in the US Army, passing law school and the bar exam, and becoming a JAG Officer.

Stronghold Group partners with United States Military Academy to fund Cambodia-US student exchange

Stronghold Group, a VA-certified SDVOSB, made up of a globally experienced team of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, is proud to partner with West Point’s Association of Graduates to support the West Point’s mission of training, educating, and inspiring the Corps of Cadets for a lifetime of service to the nation. Stronghold Group’s $15,000 donation is earmarked to support the Department of Social Sciences through an academic internship in Cambodia.

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Stronghold Group Partners with APK Charities Through $15,000 Donation to Support Veterans in Need

Stronghold Group, a VA-certified SDVOSB, made up of a globally experienced team of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, is proud to partner with APK Charities to support the organization’s mission of serving Connecticut veterans in need. Stronghold Group’s $15,000 donation will go to supporting the APK Charities ongoing mission of serving as a bridge connecting American society with the nation’s Armed Forces and veterans’ communities. APK Charities was founded by Bob and Helen Pedersen-Keiser in honor and in memory of their son, Army Special Forces Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel. On March 11, 2013, Connecticut native Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel was killed in action in Eastern Afghanistan while serving as the commander of his Special Forces Detachment, ODA 3126 of 3rd Special Forces Group. He was 28 years old.

For more information on APK Charities, please visit their website at APK Charities is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization.

Donations can be made to APK Charities through the website at

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Stronghold Group Sponsors Founders Day for West Point Society of Philadelphia

Stronghold Group is proud to serve as a 4-Star Sponsor for the West Point Society of Philadelphia as they celebrate Founders Day. This year’s honoree is LTG(R) H.R. McMaster, a Philadelphia native, 1984 graduate of USMA, and former National Security Advisor.

Other 4-Star sponsors of the West Point Society of Philadelphia include:

Patriot Direct
Valley Forge Military Academy
Williamson College of the Trades

Stronghold Group Supports Afghan Refugee Evacuation and Care Program with Stronghold Rescue & Relief

Stronghold Group has partnered with Stronghold Rescue and Relief (a duly registered 501c(3) non-profit organization) to provide evacuation assistance and care for refugees of Afghanistan.

Stronghold Rescue and Relief sends small teams of veterans into conflict zones to provide emergency medical services, refugee protection, and humanitarian relief for persecuted communities.

Both Stronghold Group and Stronghold Rescue and Relief have created a network of support for Afghan refugees once they have departed Afghanistan and once they have arrived in the United States, including the following: housing, healthcare, job training, and general resettlement assistance.

Learn more about the efforts of Stronghold Rescue and Relief online at their website: Stronghold Rescue & Relief

Stronghold Group Partners with Organizations to Deliver Over $2.4MM in Aid to Ukraine Front Line

Stronghold Group, a VA-certified SDVOSB made up of a globally experienced team of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, was proud to recently partner with Project Aid & Rescue and Operation White Stork to help donate and deliver more than $2.4 million worth of Azithromycin antibiotics (72,000 individual courses) and hundreds of IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kits) for combat lifesaving trauma aid. In video and photo, the IFAKs were distributed to both frontline aid workers and Ukrainian soldiers headed to the front line. The IFAKs were composed of tourniquets, chest seals, hemostatic blood clotting agents, wound dressings, and other life-saving components. These IFAKs and antibiotics were delivered to the end users by William McNulty and his team from Operation White Stork.

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Stronghold Group Donates Isolation Gowns to The Wright Center for Community Health

Stronghold Group is proud to donate two pallets of isolation gowns (roughly 4,200 gowns) to The Wright Center.

The Wright Center for Community Health offers healthcare services for children and adults across northeast Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit them online at

Stronghold Group Sponsors Veteran Multi-Service Center Fundraiser

Stronghold Group is proud to serve as one of the sponsors of the Veteran Multi-Service Center (VMC) for their annual golf outing fundraiser. The Veterans Multi-Service Center is a nationally recognized non-profit organization providing comprehensive services only to military Veterans since 1980.

VMC’s mission is to provide services, program, opportunity and advancement to Veterans of the U.S military and their families.

To learn more about VMC and how to support their mission visit them online at

Stronghold Donates to Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation

Stronghold Group is proud to donate to Razia’s Ray for the fourth year in a row. Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation provides Afghan girls and young women with safe, nurturing, and inspiring educational environments so that they may build brighter futures for themselves, their families, and their community.

Founded 2007 by humanitarian and social innovator Razia Jan, an Afghan native, Razia’s Ray of Hope is supported by a global team of women leaders and visionaries committed to peace. We know that community-based, culturally-aware education is a critical pathway toward meaningful change for future generations.

To learn more about Razia’s Ray and how to get involved visit their website at

Stronghold Group Donates Millions of PPE to Philadelphia City Workers

Stronghold Group was honored to donate 1,000,000 3-ply masks, 2,000 face shields, and 4,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to TWU 234, SEPTA Transit Police, and AFSCME 33 on January 21st 2022.

NBC 10 Philadelphia’s Lauren Mayk covered the full story which can be viewed below:

District Council 33 offered the following statement: “By providing protection for our members, you also help to ensure that the City of Philadelphia remains functional on a daily basis.  Your gift will afford many of our members the opportunity to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19 and other easily transmissible pathogens.”

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