Semper Fi Fund Returns to Marine Corps Marathon 900+ Strong to Raise Funds and Awareness for Injured Veterans

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October 18, 2014

Washington, DC – On Sunday, October 26th, before most of us have even had our morning coffee, a sea of red-shirted runners and hand-cyclists will queue up for the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund. For the fifth year in a row, the Semper Fi Fund will be the MCM’s largest charity partner, with over 900 runners and hand-cyclists raising funds and awareness for injured, ill and wounded service members. Read the rest of this entry »

1 Marine, 12 Races, 12 Months, 1,200 Miles

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October 17, 2014

“I didn't expect the outflowing of emotion and support as a result of my quest,” says retired Marine Captain Felicia Wilkerson. “I don't consider myself that remarkable, this is just what I do. I run.”

Felicia’s modesty aside, her quest really is quite remarkable: Her goal is to participate in one distance race each month for a full year, with an expected total distance of about 1,200 miles. She’s taking on this personal challenge—which she calls the 12for12for1200—in order to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Warrior Games: Medals and Memories

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October 10, 2014

When more than 200 service members from all branches of the military gather to test each other’s skills in seven sports (archery, swimming, shooting, cycling, track and field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball), the result is a level of competition that is both intense and inspiring -- and memories that will last a lifetime.

“The 2014 Warrior Games have come and gone,” said Semper Fi Fund Chairman and CEO Karen Guenther, “but for everyone who competed in Colorado Springs, and for everyone who cheered on the competitors, the excitement and inspiration will never be forgotten.” Read the rest of this entry »

Army child recognized at Warrior Games

Stetson Bardfield is surprised as he is presented with his own Action Track Chair Oct. 2, 2014, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado, Colo. After the gold medal sitting volleyball match at the Warrior Games, Bardfield went to help present medals to the athletes and instead was gifted with the all-terrain wheelchair. He is the son of Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Shai Bardfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)
October 6, 2014

Defense Media Activity - Air Force | Story by Senior Airman Jette Carr | October 4, 2014 17:00 | Link to Article

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Semper Fi Fund and the Fisher House Foundation presented a military child with a special donation after the Warrior Games sitting volleyball competition Oct. 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Founder and CEO Karen Guenther: Honorary Marine

General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps,  presents the citation declaring Karen Guenther, Semper Fi Fund's Founder and CEO, an Honrary Marine.  Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
September 21, 2014

Washington, DC - It’s difficult to overstate how much of a privilege it is to be named an Honorary Marine.

“I receive requests all the time for people to be named Honorary Marines,” said 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos. “They send stacks of papers and binders making the case for why someone should receive the honor. It’s not a title that’s given with very much frequency.” Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Captures a Decade of Inspiring Service on Film with 10th Anniversary Video

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September 20, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - 2014 is a very special year for the Semper Fi Fund marking 10 Inspiring Years of Service in support of our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members. Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund and its program, the America’s Fund has helped more than 12,300 post-9/11 service members and their families with a wide range of assistance totaling more than $96 million. To celebrate this incredible achievement, we’re proud to share ten years of memories captured on film, in a moving new 3-minute video that tells our remarkable story. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Juan H., USMC (Ret.)

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September 12, 2014

“Life is a teacher. It will give you the tools to solve every problem that comes up.”

When most people see a service member in a wheelchair or with a prosthetic limb, they can quickly begin to understand the sacrifices made by that service member on behalf of all Americans. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal and State Employees: CFC Is Here!

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September 12, 2014

The CFC—Combined Federal Campaign—is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world. It’s also the only authorized workplace charitable giving drive for federal and state employees.

So we want you to remember one thing: 11459. Read the rest of this entry »

SEMPER FI

Marine veteran Chris Lowe competes in pole bending at a Jinx McCain event.
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September 11, 2014

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Horsemanship offers veterans relief from the traumas of combat.

In 2002, Chris Lowe was a teenager from a small Texas town, a 19-year-old community college student with an ambition to serve his country. Following a family tradition of military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Two years later, he was in Iraq, on a combat deployment in the chaotic hotbed of Fallujah, providing security for an explosives disposal team, when an enemy mortar exploded just feet away from him. Only luck saved his life. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Army Ranger, 1LT Nathan Rimpf, USA (Ret.)

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September 11, 2014

“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 »

Corporal Jose A., USMC, (Ret.)

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September 4, 2014

Born in Los Angeles and currently living in a suburb of San Diego, Marine Corporal Jose A. always wanted to join the military.

“My grandfather served in the Army,” he said. “I grew up with him talking about that, and it really interested me. As I got older, I saw that the Marine Corps was the most challenging branch, so I enlisted right out of high school.”

“I wanted to do something I could be proud of,” Jose continues. “I couldn't think of anything better than the Marine Corps: It represented honor and courage, and that's what I wanted.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund Announces New Logo for its America’s Fund Program

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September 1, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA – The Semper Fi Fund is proud to unveil a new logo for its America’s Fund program, which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to severely injured and critically ill post-9/11 service members and their families representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Liam Dwyer, USMC (Ret.) – “I Will Drive Again”

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August 22, 2014

In mid-2011, Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was recovering from a May 22 IED blast in Afghanistan that claimed his left leg, and among the many thoughts that raced through his mind was this one:

“I will drive again—and I will win.”

Three years later—almost to the day—Liam did indeed win, Read the rest of this entry »

10th Annual General James T. Conway Golf Outing

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July 18, 2014

Thank you for 10 years of amazing support!

ST. Albans, MO – The Missouri Friends of Injured Marines will host their 10th annual charity golf tournament with proceeds to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. The tournament will be held at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri, on August 24, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney received 2014 Pat Tillman Service Award on ESPN!

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July 17, 2014

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 »