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 »

Jerry Coleman, 1924-2014

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January 10, 2014

San Diego, CA - “Jerry Coleman helped win six World Series and one World War.”

That statement alone, part of a moving tribute to Jerry made by broadcaster Keith Olbermann (view it here on YouTube), would be a remarkable obituary in and of itself, but it just scratches the surface of trying to describe the life of a truly amazing man and a highly decorated Marine pilot. Read the rest of this entry »

A Match Made in Heaven: Your $2.5 Million Becomes $5 Million!!

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January 10, 2014

What a way to end 2013 and begin the new year!

Donors like you have come together in a big way to support the Semper Fi Fund in our mission to serve those who serve us all: You’ve met the GoDaddy/Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matching donations challenge and pledged $2.5 million in this holiday season to support our efforts!

That means the power of your donations doubled, too—thanks to The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and GoDaddy, that $2.5 million became Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Anthony Sanza, USA (Ret.)

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December 9, 2013

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From July 2007 through June 2008, Corporal Anthony Sanza was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a sniper attached to the 1st Marine Division. He brought home stories that would impress and amaze Ashley, the woman he married on September 4, 2010. He also brought home a very rare form of cancer.

When he first returned stateside, Anthony was being treated for post-traumatic stress, Read the rest of this entry »

Every Bead and Stone Tells a Story

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December 8, 2013

San Clemente, CA - Suzi Burke is a 73-year-old mother of two, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of three. Speaking with her, one is immediately struck by a boundless energy and enthusiasm that most people one-half (or even one-third) her age can’t ever hope to match.

This spirit has enabled her and a veritable platoon of Marine wives to raise $96,000 for the Semper Fi Fund over the past five years by creating Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Josh Sams, USMC (Ret.)

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December 7, 2013

Josh Sams was born in 1984 in Wilmington, Ohio. The oldest of three children, Josh has two brothers, Cory and Logan. He attended Wilmington High School, where he ran track and played football, baseball and lacrosse.

After graduating in 2004, Josh attended Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He continued his athletic career, playing outside linebacker Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds of Volunteers, Thousands of Ornaments – One Goal

Dale City, VA - Ready to mail! More than 10,700 ornaments were packaged by volunteers and stand ready to mail!. (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
November 26, 2013

Dale City, VA - VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia, was the place to be on November 24 as hundreds of volunteers came together for the Semper Fi Fund’s fifth annual Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party.

The job at hand was to package and prepare more than 10,700 holiday ornaments for mailing, but the goal was singular: to help brighten the holidays for Marines who have been wounded since the attacks of 9/11 and are Purple Heart recipients. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi – Athlete Update – 2013 Veteran’s Day edition

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Jon Lujan, who served in the Marine Corps for nearly eight years, suffered two ruptured discs in his back during his missions in Kuwait. During the surgery to repair his back, his spinal cord was damaged and initially Lujan was left unable to feel either leg. Following the advice of a fellow wounded veteran, Lujan took to sport for rehabilitation, eventually becoming a ski racer. He was named to his first U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team in 2012. In his first season with the team, Lujan earned three NorAm Cup silver medals. He is now attempting to qualify for his first Paralympic Winter Games.
November 17, 2013

Dear Supporters,

The US Paralympics website gave a Veteran's Day tribute to the 19 Service Members competing for spots on the 2014 US Paralympic team in Sochi Russia. Team Semper Fi is proud to be represented by 9 of these amazing athletes: Read the rest of this entry »

Lance Corporal Sean Carroll, USMC (Ret.)

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November 13, 2013

Sean Carroll is pretty much like any other 29-year-old you might come across. He’s proud of his car (he owns a Mustang), he enjoys the outdoors (hunting and hiking), and he’s working on returning to school (Metro State in Denver).

Except most 29-year-olds you might come across won’t be former Marines who spent three months in a coma after being hurled 30 feet by an IED (improvised explosive device) blast in Ramadi, Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

ALWAYS FAITHFUL, NEVER FORGOTTEN – To all of our Veterans… Thank you for your service

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November 11, 2013

A Note From Our Founder

Dear SFF Supporters,

Every November, we come together to remember those who sacrifice so much for our freedom. It's easy to forget that the liberty we enjoy as Americans is only possible because of the brave men and women who risk everything to maintain it. Read the rest of this entry »

A “Beautiful Hour” for Service Member Spouses

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November 10, 2013

Carlsbad, CA - On Election Day 2013, spouses of wounded and critically ill Marines and sailors in southern California cast their votes for wellness and relaxation as they elected to spend their afternoon and evening (after voting, of course!) at Bella D’ora spa in Carlsbad, California. Read the rest of this entry »

USA Today Sports – Marine wounded in combat is about to compete in the hardest race on Earth

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October 29, 2013

First an Ironman, then he hopes to make the U.S. Paralympic team.
By Laken Litman – October 29, 2013 at 9:47am EDT
ARLINGTON, Va. — Jose Ramos is an example of why there should be no excuses in life.

Ramos, a retired Navy Corpsman who was also a member of a Marine Scout Sniper Platoon, had his arm blown off by a rocket in Iraq in 2004. Sunday, he was one of 30,000 people who competed in the Marine Corps Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN – All-terrain wheelchair helps disabled get back on track

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October 17, 2013

By Natalie Angley, CNN
updated 3:03 PM EDT, Wed October 16, 2013 | Filed under: Innovations | Link to article

(CNN) -- Cpl. Michael Boucher will never forget June 12, 2011. He was on his second deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan. Another squad had been hit by two improvised explosive devices, and he was helping to clear the landing zone so a helicopter could pick up the casualties.

"An IED was set off, and at first I didn't realize it was me Read the rest of this entry »

WNCT9 – Service dog helps Marine veteran manage PTSD

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October 17, 2013

Posted: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Updated: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Link to article
By Madeleine Wright, Digital Journalist - email

RICHLANDS, N.C. - Military veterans sometimes find it difficult re-adjusting to life at home after a combat tour. But one former Marine with post traumatic stress disorder is not letting his disability get in the way of life.

For 28-year-old Tom Brennan of Richlands, going out in public was sometimes a challenge. A doctor diagnosed him with post traumatic stress disorder, Read the rest of this entry »

Drive for Veterans cross-country drive to support our Veterans!

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October 16, 2013

San Diego, CA to The Villages, FL - Supporting America’s Heroes, One Mile at a Time, The Drive for Veterans is a cross-country fundraising trip to provide support and awareness for wounded American veterans. Columbia ParCar, the proud organizing sponsor of the Drive for Veterans, is using a convoy of zero-emission, low-speed electric vehicles to drive from California to Florida over approximately 45 days. Read the rest of this entry »