Nashville, TN - Last year Stephen Cochran and his Kentucky buddy Mark Melloan wrote a song â€œAlone On Christmasâ€ dedicated to our military personnel and their families who wait for them on the homefront. This year the song has been released on iTunes for $.99 and all proceeds for the song will go to the Semper Fi Fund! Read the rest of this entry »
By Lari Barager, adapted for Web by Tracy DeLatte | FOX 4 News | myFOXdfw.com | November 22, 2010 @ 4:37pm CST
Fort Worth, TX - "On this holiday week, a local war veteran has much to be thankful for. Cpl. Zach Briseno is a Marine. He lost both his legs below the knee during his second tour in Iraq."
Cpl. Todd A. Nicely highlighted in Washington Post: On Veterans Day, honoring Marine who lost limbs in Afghanistan, but not spirit
By Michael E. Ruane - Washington Post Staff Writer - November 11, 2010 @ 9:28 AM
Washington, DC - "The morning that Marine Cpl. Todd A. Nicely received his medal for valor, he and his wife, Crystal, paused in a restroom at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to pull the trousers of his uniform over his artificial legs.
Crystal maneuvered his pants past the carbon fiber feet. Then they fitted the prostheses onto the stumps of Todd's legs.
He put on his tan utility shirt, which she buttoned, attached his artificial left arm and slipped his metal pole crutch onto the stump of his right arm. When he donned his camouflage Marine Corps hat "low on the brow," he was ready."
A note from our founder: Thanks for making the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon a special event for the Semper Fi Fund!
Camp Pendleton, CA
Dear SFF Team,
WOW, another EXTRAORDINARY Marine Corps Marathon for the Semper Fi Fund!!! We had over 800 athletes run for the Fund! Red shirts were everywhere!! Our Community Runners and Sponsors helped to contribute more than $425,000 to our 2010 MCM!! The United States Olympic Committee also presented Team Semper Fi with a check of $228,000 on Friday evening. Grand total for the weekend- a record $653,000!!!! Read the rest of this entry »
Wounded warrior gets back on road with bike – Injured in bombing in Iraq, Akron Marine Oy Rassavong enjoys being able to exercise.
By Jim Carney, The Akron Beacon Journal - November 2, 2010
Akron, OH - "Oy Rassavong was ready for a workout.
Wearing a Wounded Warrior and Soldier Ride T-shirt and other gear on a frigid day in late October, Rassavong was excited to take his new recumbent three-wheeler out for a spin.
A $3,500 donation from Team Semper Fi, a part of the nonprofit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, paid for the trike made by Inspired Cycle Engineering of England. It was modified specifically for Rassavong by Creative Mobility."
By FOX-5 Vegas, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV - November 1, 2010, 11:12PST
Las Vegas, NV - "Nearing the end of their journey, six Marines are passing through Las Vegas on their way to complete the Gumpathon, a two month long coast-to-coast run.
"It's my way to give something back to them," runner Charles Padilla said."
By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar- October 25, 2010
Miramar, CA - "Your whole life can change in a moment.
April 11, 2005: a young Marine driving a truck in Iraq hit an improvised explosive device and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to walk, talk or use most of the right side of his body.
Oct. 16, 2010: that same Marine, Angel Gomez, pedaled to the finish line in San Diego with 51 other cyclists after traversing more than 430 miles from Phoenix."
By Andrew Dys, The Herald - October 17, 2010, 8:46PM
Rock Hill, SC - "Look at Brian Dunn, and you see the "USMC" tattoo across his arm, the Marine haircut and his flashing eyes when the talk is about bombers that he spent so long fighting and yes - killing - in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Bombers that almost killed him, too."
(This letter was received from a Semper Fi Fund case worker.)
First off let me start by saying thank you so much for what you do. I am now Director of Veterans Affairs @ ABCO Technology, with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and working on my Masters in Business Administration. My family is safe, warm and happy and I'm even losing a bit of weight. Christine, it really started with you and the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Rice, The Foreign Desk, The Independent - Tuesday, 12 October 2010 at 3:39 pm
Oklahoma City, OK, USA - "Whether itâ€™s the romanticism created by books like On The Road or the wonder that comes with a trip into the unknown, travelling coast to coast across the United States is a journey with an enduring appeal.
Yet for the Gumpathon team who are journeying from New York to Los Angeles on foot, the romanticism and wonder is understandably fading. Those feelings have been replaced by blisters, soaring temperatures, various time zones, five mountain ranges and a stray dog â€“ and theyâ€™re only halfway."
A special “Thank you!” to the Semper Fi Fund: “I finally have the freedom that I have been praying for and your organization made it possible.”
Dear Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,
Your organization has reached out to our family in only a way that can be described as â€œDivine Interventionâ€. Read the rest of this entry »
By John Reilly For The Patriot Ledger - Posted Sep 22, 2010 @ 04:02 PM, Last update Sep 23, 2010 @ 11:43 AM
Quincy, MA - "On the evening of Feb. 23, 2005, seven miles southwest of Fallujah, Marine Staff Sgt. Ian LeJeune of Brentwood, N.H., was awakened by a large explosion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Pfc Christopher P. Baines, Headquarters Marine Corps - September 17, 2010
Arlington, VA - "ARLINGTON, Va. â€” A team of six runners, including a triple amputee, are setting out across the United States to accomplish a monumental task known as the Gumpathon. To complete their ambitious journey, the team must travel 3,530 miles through three deserts, four time zones, 10 mountain ranges and 16 states.
By completing the Gumpathon, service members hope to raise $1 million for three separate charities, all benefiting wounded warriors from the U.S. and U.K.
â€œI got the idea for the Gumpathon from having watched the film Forrest Gump about 14-years ago,â€ said Royal Marine Colour Sgt. Damian Todd. â€œI thought of what an amazing experience it would be to run across the states, and while I did it raise money for charity. At the time I hadnâ€™t had anything particularly in mind that was motivating enough and had touched me to do that and I kind of shelved the idea.â€"