Team Semper Fi member and 2014 Team USA Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Josh Sweeney, who scored the winning goal against Russia, is received the first ever Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by ESPN and the Pat Tillman Foundation at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16th at 9pm ET (http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/). Josh was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both legs in October 2009 Read the rest of this entry »
Growing up in Los Angeles, Josue was the middle child of seven kids being raised by a single mother. He played a lot of street basketball and got involved in the L.A. gang scene.
“I started in the gangs when I was 14,” Josue recalls. “By the time I was 17, I had done so much, I was tired of it. Most of the gang members were getting nowhere, and as I was getting older, I saw that was not the life I wanted to live. I wanted to change Read the rest of this entry »
TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) - Saddling up for those who have fought for our country.
Marine veteran Matt Littrell, who served two tours in Iraq, is riding his horse coast-to-coast hoping to raise money for wounded and critically-ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
His trip is not just about raising money; it's about letting American heroes know they still matter, once their service is finished. Read the rest of this entry »
We all watched in amazement as Rob Jones embarked on his incredible 5,181 mile cross-country bicycle journey to bring support and awareness to our wounded, the Semper Fi Fund and others. Today, Rob released a documentary of his bike ride and it's filled with heart-warming insight to his humble grit and determination, and the challenges he faced while accomplishing his ride. Read the rest of this entry »
The New York Daily News called it a “miracle recovery.” That’s probably an understatement … but we’re getting ahead of the story.
Winder Perez was born on January 16, 1989, in the Dominican Republic. When he was eight years old, his mother left her life and career as a doctor behind and brought Winder to the U.S. so they could live with his father in the Bronx, New York. Read the rest of this entry »
“I still don’t feel like I did that much,” Nathan told the Midtown Raleigh News in 2013, “but everyone keeps saying that I did. So, I’m starting to believe them, I guess.”
What Nathan did, of course, was what thousands of service members in all branches of the military do each and every year for all Americans: He placed his life on the line and made a personal and physical sacrifice the depths of which most of us can scarcely imagine. Read the rest of this entry »
We know them as incredible heroes—service members from all branches who have sacrificed so much on behalf of us all. Their kids know them as a different kind of hero—dad. We’d like to take this opportunity to give a special Father’s Day salute to just a few of the many incredible fathers we’ve been so fortunate to help over the years. Read the rest of this entry »
Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has given more than 71,500 grants to post-9/11 service members and their families for a wide range of assistance, totaling more than $91 million. While the numbers are impressive, they’re just the smallest part of what we’ve accomplished. Read the rest of this entry »
National - This Memorial Day weekend, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, will be hosting a special on the Semper Fi Fund as we celebrate a Decade of Dedication supporting our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members and their families. Hugh will be talking to our service members about their injuries, their recoveries and the assistance they've received from the Semper Fi Fund. Our President/CEO and Founder, Karen Guenther, will also be on the show with several of our staff, Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of ways to help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund that we’ve posted to our fundraising page—but none of them involve kayaking 2,552 miles from one end of the Mississippi River to the other.
That’s exactly what Marine Corporal Nic Doucette is planning to do beginning May 31, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
The numbers are amazing: Over $125,000 raised as the result of traveling more than 5,200 miles by bicycle over nearly 200 days using two prosthetic legs to propel one amazing Marine from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, California—and here’s one more amazing number: Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. On this solemn occasion, we remember those who were lost, continue to pray for (and applaud the strength of) those who were injured, and reflect on the events of the past year that have underscored the incredible strength of Boston—the city and the people. Read the rest of this entry »
The first time Drew saw an example of the brotherhood of the Marine Corps, he was about 8 or 9 years old in his home town of Kingsville, Texas, just south of Corpus Christi.
“I was raised by my grandparents,” Drew recalls, “and they owned a bar. I used to go over there a lot in the summers, count the quarters from the pool table, help clean up, that sort of thing. My grandpa served in Korea, he was a member of the 1st Marine Division, and he used to wear a 1st Marine Division hat. Read the rest of this entry »
Boston, MA - The Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund Program had a heartwarming reunion dinner with our friends in Boston this past week.
The reunion started with the Celtics' owners hosting our Veterans to amazing court side seats for their Wednesday night game against the Toronto Raptors the night before the dinner. It was an amazing experience and, once again, we were welcomed Read the rest of this entry »