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Service Member and Family Support
Provides direct financial assistance for expenses that are most pressing during a long hospitalization or rehabilitation. Typically families use this grant to help with additional travel and lodging expenses, childcare, and out of pocket expenses. Due to loss of income while at their loved one's bedside, many families may also decide to use their grant money to help pay their mortgages, car payments, utilities, and grocery bills. By reducing the burden of financial worries for our service members and their families, we allow them to instead place their much needed attention towards the recovery process.
Adaptive Housing Support
Most wheelchair bound service members and those with catastrophic injuries require adaptive housing. Handicap modifications are costly, but necessary. Bathroom modifications usually cost around $25,000, while kitchen adaptations are even more expensive. Even minor renovations such as doorways and handicap ramps can cost $7,000 and $10,000 respectively. To ease the financial strain caused by house payments, the Semper Fi Fund (SFF) will provide funding toward the cost of their home, depending upon the need. The SFF also grants assistance to those who have fallen behind on their housing payment due to injury, recovery and rehabilitation costs. Our goal is to help wounded service members remain in their homes without the added financial burden of these extra costs.
For those who have lost limbs or are paralyzed as a result of their injuries, modified transportation is vital for a successful rehabilitation. Specially modified vehicles can cost upwards of $40,000. Funding provided by the VA is applied towards the vehicle and depending on the service member’s need, the SFF will pay a portion of the remaining balance, significantly reducing or eliminating the financial burden of a car payment.
Education and Career Transition Assistance
Our Education and Career assistance is multifaceted. We assist with additional costs of books, fees, and training not covered by their education tuition programs, travel to job interviews, interview attire, computers, software and other equipment needed to pursue education opportunities and/or a new career. Through several partnership programs, we offer career-enhancing seminars and week-long workshops that help our service men and women develop the networking, resume writing and interview skills necessary to transition into the community workplace. The seminars and workshops are offered at no cost to the participants. Our goal is to make it easier for wounded service members to thrive beyond injury recovery, to transition successfully back into their communities and start a new life.
Veterans 2 Veterans Program (V2V):
– Integrated Transition Program comprised of Prior Service Member Veterans who are trained by Semper Fi Fund as Veterans Leads and who are strategically placed in seven regions with or near Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN) locations
– Semper Fi Fund Case Managers are an integral part of V2V, working closely with Veteran Leads
– Close proximity allows for direct coordination and resource sharing between the Case Managers, Veteran Leads, and VA Health Care Providers
– The goal is to help return well-adjusted Veteran service members to their communities with the knowledge and skill to self-advocate and help other Veteran service members
Specialized & Adaptive Equipment
This type of assistance covers any equipment that can improve the quality of life for service members with disabilities. Grants have included visual enhancement devices for the visually impaired, software programs for those who cannot type, specialized wheelchairs for those who are unable to ambulate and therapeutic mattresses for those with multiple injuries and burns.
Team Semper Fi
Injured Marines and Sailors make up the core members of Team Semper Fi. The Fund's goal for Team Semper Fi is to provide encouragement, motivation, and individual goals through sports. This program provides an exciting outlet and powerful peer support for our wounded service members and their families. SFF provides coaches, specialized sporting equipment, team uniforms, entry fees, and travel expenses for the injured team members to compete in events across the country. Click here to find out more about the Team!
PTS and TBI Support
Many returning service members suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), a consequence of exposure to blasts and explosions while in theater. TBI is now so common that it has been labeled the "hallmark" of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We recognized the need for specialized assistance for these service members and implemented PTS and TBI support to meet this growing need. To learn more, contact us directly or visit our Resources section.
As injured heroes from different branches of service are treated side by side at our nation's military hospitals, requests for the Semper Fi Fund to assist all branches of military service have grown. In response to this need, the Semper Fi Fund expanded its mission to begin America's Fund, a self-funded program that currently assists those service members with catastrophic injuries in intensive care units at our nation's military hospitals, regardless of what military branch they serve in. Today, our first priority is to provide family support grants so that family members can be present with their service member during the recovery process without the added financial stress of travel expenses or loss of income due to missed work. With support, we can quickly expand America's Fund's range of services to match those of the Semper Fi Fund, ensuring that no service member is ever alone or forgotten. Click here to visit the America's Fund website.
America's Fund Mentors – Bringing Hope to Boston:
–New mentor program where our veterans will mentor those who were injured in Boston
–Fostering relationships and encouraging success along the road to recovery
– Our veterans will stay side by side with the men and women who were injured throughout their rehabilitation – and forever!
Semper Fi Odyssey Camp
The Semper Fi Odyssey is a six-day, holistic transition assistance program for injured and critically ill service members. Participants learn how to transition into civilian life by learning about life planning skills, establishing goals, employment resources, and by learning to balance four important MEPS elements: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.
Tim and Sandy Day Canine Companions
In keeping with our history of helping wounded service members and their families live fulfilling lives, the Semper Fi Fund has developed the Tim & Sandy Day Canine Companions project, thanks to support from the Timothy T. Day Foundation. Grants from the project will not only unite injured service members with service dogs, but they will also ensure the dogs are properly trained and continually cared for despite the financial difficulties that often arise while an injured service member is transitioning back to civilian life and dealing with physical rehabilitation.
Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program
The Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program is a facet of SFF's Team Semper Fi. The riding program provides confidence building horsemanship clinics to wounded service members and their families across the nation. The program is dedicated in memory of Colonel Jinx McCain, USMC, a 4-time Purple Heart recipient from Iwo Jima, Korea, and Vietnam. In the 1960's, Jinx would host trail rides at Camp Pendleton for the amputees to boost their morale.
This type of assistance provides a positive outlet for injured service members which helps accelerate their physical, emotional and mental rehabilitation. Grants for Therapeutic Arts cover areas such as musical instruments and education, arts supplies and art education.
Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp
Unfortunately, the stress experienced by the child of a wounded, injured or critically ill service member is sometimes overlooked. The SFF hopes to alleviate this stress by providing a week of growth through adventure where campers are matched up with motivated high school student mentors. Together they will not only build confidence through activities, but also develop tools to be successful in school and life.