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 »

GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Donates $1 Million to Semper Fi Fund for Injured Service Members!

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October 10, 2013

Released: October 10, 2013
Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has made a $1 million donation to help provide critical financial support for injured and critically ill service members in their time of need. This marks the second year in a row that The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has pledged its support, to which it has donated a collective $2.8 million. These funds will assist service members in all branches of the military, through Semper Fi Fund and its program America’s Fund.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by award-winning business leader Bob Parsons and his wife Renee Read the rest of this entry »

Track Chairs to our Injured: MCAA Marion Carl Squadron Update!

Representatives from the MCAA Marion Carl Squadron and the Semper Fi Fund pose with Jose Armenta and his family in his new Track Chair, thanks to the generosity of the MCAA Marion Carl Squadron and its supporters!
September 30, 2013

Miramar, CA - The Marine Corps Aviation Association’s (MCAA) Marion Carl Squadron recently hosted two unbelievable days of fundraising to help raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund!

Starting at the Miramar Officers’ Club, Medal of Honor recipient Robert Modrzejewski, Colonel, USMC (Ret) helped in presenting two Action Trackchairs (www.actiontrackchair.com) to two injured Marines, Cpl. Jose Armenta and Cpl. Jon Schumacher. Read the rest of this entry »

Ride 430 rides again – more than $1 million in support over 6 years!

This year Ryan Pinney will be the first hand cyclist in the Ride430!
September 27, 2013

Scottsdale, AZ - Hitting the hills of Arizona, the 54 amazing riders of Ride 430 will be riding in honor of our heroes for the sixth consecutive year having raised over $1 million in support for the Semper Fi Fund! Though the mission has not changed, the course certainly has! Read the rest of this entry »

2013 Warrior Open recognizes the Semper Fi Fund for third year!

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September 26, 2013

Irving, TX - For the third year-in-a-row, The George W. Bush Institute is holding its annual "Warrior Open" golf tournament and, once again, the Semper Fi Fund is among the select few military charities being recognized by the tournament.
Held as part of the George W. Bush Institute's "Military Service Initiative", the Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament that takes place over two days every fall in the Dallas area. Read the rest of this entry »

Using brawn to raise bucks

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September 16, 2013

Using brawn to raise bucks | Navy Times | navytimes.comBy Patricia Kime | Navy Times - Washington, DC | navytimes.com | Published: September 14, 2013 - 3:46PM | Link to article |
Marine Lt. Col. Bill Conner was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2008 when he got an email telling him he had won a spot in the prestigious Hawaii Ironman triathlon, a berth he had sought for 13 years. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is upon us!

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September 12, 2013

CFC LOGOAre you a federal or state employee or a member of the military?

If so, you have the opportunity this fall to participate in the CFC.  It is the only authorized workplace charitable giving drive for federal and state employees. In fact, the CFC is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world!

This year's theme is "I make it Possible".  Join us in supporting our heroes through the CFC and your spirit of public service will make the world a better place! Read the rest of this entry »

Always Faithful, Never Forgotten

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September 11, 2013

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Dear SFF Supporters,

It’s been twelve years since that crisp September morning in 2001 that reshaped the course of history. Who among us doesn’t still remember where we were at the moment we heard that the Pentagon was attacked and Flight 93 had crashed, how it felt to watch the Twin Towers fall? We lost more than just the lives who perished on 9/11—our sense of security, something we took for granted as Americans, was rocked to the core.

But despite all we lost that day, we never gave up hope — it’s what gave us the strength to come together, rebuild, and show the world Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund is highlighted in Stars and Stripes!

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September 6, 2013

2013-09_stars_and_stripes_karen_guenther's_semper_fi_fund_-_spouse_calls_-_stripesBy Terri Barnes | Stars and Stripes - Washington, DC | stripes.com | Published: September 5, 2013

At a luncheon to honor outstanding military spouses from all service branches, Marine wife Karen Guenther was introduced by Bonnie Amos, the first lady of the Marine Corps.

Guenther’s family was at a nearby table. Her husband sat tall and straight in his uniform as the wife of the Marine Corps Commandant described the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit Guenther started in 2003 to meet the needs of those returning injured from war. Read the rest of this entry »

The Daily News: From Amputation to Independence

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July 21, 2013

By Thomas Brennan | The Daily News - Jacksonville, NC | jdnews.com | July 21, 2013

As the dust from the blast began to settle, Raymond Mackey knew his life had changed forever.

“We were doing a company-sized patrol near Marjah, Afghanistan – a sweep for improvised explosive devices,” said retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Raymond Mackey, 50, of Beulaville. “I was with the rear element with a couple Marines when a Marine fell into a ditch. I reached down to help him up right as the explosive was detonated.”

It was Dec. 23, 2009 and Mackey, the battalion sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, was only a few weeks into his tour in Afghanistan. The explosive left him with both legs amputated above the knee, and severely wounded his right arm and injured his abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Returns to Germany

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June 25, 2013

Recently, Semper Fi Fund traveled to Germany to visit the Landstuhl hospital, Ramstein flight line, Helicopter unit, and the Landstuhl Fisher House to wrap our arms around our liaisons, injured service members, and hospital staff. As always, it was one of our most touching annual trips. Read the rest of this entry »

America’s Fund Announces $1 Million Matching Campaign

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May 27, 2013

America's Fund, a charitable program operated by the Semper Fi Fund, announces a $1 million donation matching campaign to run over the next year, made possible by the incredible generosity of a family who prefers to remain anonymous. Donations up to $1 million pledged to America's Fund will be matched by this family, helping America's Fund further their mission of providing financial assistance to injured U.S. service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Hope to Boston

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May 25, 2013

Hailey Danisewicz recently teamed up with some of our injured service members to bring hope those wounded in the Boston bombings. What she found in return will stay with her for a lifetime. Read about her experience in this entry from her blog:

There are certain days in history that remain etched in our minds forever- events that we can recall with vivid detail years after they occur. For me, Monday April 15, 2013 will always be one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »