This historic achievement in the life of the Semper Fi Fund is truly proof of the love our country has for our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen! You have made it possible for the Semper Fi Fund to assist over 6,000 service members with 31,000 grants totaling over $50,000.000!
It is with deep appreciation for you, our supporters, that we have been able to assist service members like HM3 James Raffetto, who has an infectious passion for the Navy, the Marines, and his family. James worked with the Marines of 1st Recon out of California and bravely supported his Marine unit in Afghanistan until he was injured himself. In August 2010, an IED blast caused injuries that resulted in the amputation of both of his legs above the knee, the amputation of his left arm at the elbow, and the amputation of three fingers on his remaining right hand.
Now, not even a year since his injury, James is standing tall on his C-Legs, his newest prosthetics. They allow him to stand beside his friends, family and wife, Emily. We celebrate with James as he continues to embrace life; he and Emily recently celebrated their first anniversary, and James is pictured here while sky-diving! What an inspiration for others facing life changing injuries to continue challenging themselves to greater "heights!"
We read that many Americans have grown weary of war; that’s okay, as NO institution is wearier of war than the American military. NO young warrior looks forward to multiple, back-to-back deployments to combat; however, young warriors like Raffetto continue to go forward to do our nation’s bidding.
An incredible number of these heroes are returning with catastrophic wounds. You may be surprised to learn that some of our critically injured heroes have been hospitalized for over a year now. It is clear that these injured heroes will continue to require our assistance for years to come.
In order to meet this challenge, we will rely on you, our Semper Fi Fund Family, to keep spreading the word. You can help us help those, like HM3 James Raffetto, who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom. Here's how: