Lance Corporal Robert “Drew” Mendez, USMC

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April 13, 2014

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 »

Being there for Boston

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April 2, 2014

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 »

Boston Strong — “This year is the perfect time for me”

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March 31, 2014

Boston, MA - Siobhan Cooper and her husband Ted had just returned home to Boston after a red-eye flight following a friend’s wedding. They arrived back in their apartment in the Fenway area of the city and laid down to rest at about 2:30 p.m.

Minutes later, their cell phones began buzzing and ringing with calls from concerned friends and family members asking Siobhan and Ted if they were all right. Read the rest of this entry »

In Any Clime and Place – Even Antarctica!

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March 25, 2014

We hope you’ve been reading about the incredible adventure of Lieutenant Colonel William Conner—the 40-year-old Hawaii-based Marine who raised money for the Semper Fi Fund on March 9 by running a marathon … in Antarctica.

Bill’s fundraising goal was initially $17,750, to honor the USMC being founded in 1775. He raised his goal to $53,250 (17,750 x 3) and as of this writing is just over $46,000. His other goal was to reach 239 individual donors; Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations to Our Sochi Superstars!

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March 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the XI Paralympic Winter Games have come and gone. The incredible athletes of Team USA returned home with a total of 18 medals—9 bronze, 7 silver and 2 gold—and a level of pride and respect that simply can’t be measured. Read the rest of this entry »

Champion Golfer Cristie Kerr Tees Off Support for Semper Fi Fund with The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

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March 20, 2014

GoDaddy Founder’s Charitable Foundation to Match Kerr’s LPGA Tour Winnings

PHOENIX, AZ, (March 20, 2014) – When Cristie Kerr tees off today at the JTBC Founders Cup, she’ll be competing for much more than a trophy. Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match 100 percent of Kerr’s 2014 LPGA Tour winnings, dollar-for-dollar, as a donation Read the rest of this entry »

SI Now: Semper Fi Fund helps veterans heal through sports

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March 5, 2014

MORE SPORTS | Posted: 2014/03/04 | Source: SI | Link to Video
On Tuesday's SI Now, BJ Ganem and Cedric King of the Semper Fi Fund discuss how Team Semper Fi backed their personal and athletic goals, playing Wounded Warrior Football with NFL stars, and how sports help people heal. Read the rest of this entry »

Specialist Four Tyler Jeffries, U.S. Army

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March 3, 2014

Growing up in Zephyr Hills, Florida, Tyler Jeffries seemed to be on a fast track to living every young boy’s dream. With the ability to throw an 87-mile-per-hour fastball in high school, Tyler had a promising college baseball career in front of him. A spot on a major league team seemed well within reach.

Then he tore his UCL in his elbow—his ulnar collateral ligament. The injury was devastating to his baseball dreams. He had to start thinking about alternatives. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Questions for a Marine with Prosthetic Legs Bicycling Cross-Country

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March 2, 2014

Riding Across the United States - Marine combat engineer Rob Jones was serving in Afghanistan in 2010 when an improvised explosive device claimed both his legs. Now 28 and fitted with a pair of prosthetic legs, Rob is bicycling cross-country to give back to the charitable organizations that he says, “were there for me in my darkest hours.” He began his journey October 14 in Bar Harbor, Maine, and hopes to raise $1 million by the time he reaches San Diego, California. Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund Announces The Peter Murphy Semper Fi Fund Sports Program

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February 27, 2014

New Name Honors Longtime Semper Fi Fund Board Member and Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps

February 17, 2014 (Camp Pendleton, CA)Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund—two athletic programs for wounded service members who have embraced the spirit of recovery through sport—have been consolidated Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Yuriy Zmysly, USMC (Ret.)

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February 14, 2014

U.S. Marine Corporal Yuriy Zmysly met his wife-to-be Aimee on October 6, 2004, right after he returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan. Aimee was just beginning her freshman year of college and it was love at first sight. They were engaged on January 23, 2005, just two days after Aimee’s birthday. He gave her a ring box, but it was empty. When she looked up, he was holding the ring and asked her to marry him.

They never got to have their dream wedding, though. Read the rest of this entry »

BJ Ganem Talks about the Semper Fi Fund on David Letterman Show

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January 29, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Our own B.J. Ganem appeared on the David Letterman show last night to discuss the Semper Fi Fund and his involvement in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and their upcoming game!

See BJ's appearance on the show Read the rest of this entry »

Father and son team reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to support the Semper Fi Fund!

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January 28, 2014

Tanzania, Africa (UPDATE) – We are happy to report that father and son team, Mark and Marine Sergeant Brad Dixon, have made the incredible hike to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of the Semper Fi Fund! Their efforts are to raise $1 for each foot to the summit elevation - $19,341 - for our wounded and critically ill service members and the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Aloha—Semper Fi Style

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January 21, 2014

Kailua, Hawaii - “Aloha” in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion and mercy—all qualities that are found in abundance among those who work with, volunteer for and are helped by the Semper Fi Fund.

All qualities, too, that are found in abundance at the monthly Semper Fi Fund spouses’ dinners held at various restaurants around Hawaii’s Oahu island, Read the rest of this entry »

Sgt. Michael Nicholson: Wounded Tampa Marine moves into smart home you helped build

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January 10, 2014

Grayson Kamm | CBS WTSP TV, 10 News | 12:28 PM, Jan 9, 2014 | Link to Article
Tampa, Florida -- A special home in the works since last year has been turned over to its new owner, a Marine who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Mike Nicholson is moving into a smart home with incredible technology that you helped build.

After two-and-a-half years of recovery and pain, Read the rest of this entry »