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 Those feelings have been replaced by blisters, soaring temperatures, various time zones, five mountain ranges and a stray dog â€“ and theyâ€™re only halfway."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€"
By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes - September 16, 2010
Washington, DC - "British Marine Mark Ormrod was only 24 years old on Christmas Eve 2007 when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan, losing his legs and right arm.
But Ormrod refuses to live the rest of his life as a cripple, and today he is taking part taking part in a 3,530-mile run across the United States to raise money for injured British and American troops. "
Kick-off Ceremony on USS Intrepid: A British/U.S. Team of Six Military Personnel to Run Across U.S. for Injured Veterans in â€œGumpathonâ€
New York City, NY â€“ A team of military personnel consisting of four British Royal Marines, one British Army Soldier and one United States Marine, will be embarking on an epic journey of running across the United States to raise money for U.S. and British military charities.
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By Carol Ann Benanti / Staten Island Live - August 25, 2010, 5:53 AM
Staten Island, NY - "The evening brimmed with pride and patriotism, camaraderie and community spirit and it all blended together so well Saturday evening at the St. George Theatre, where â€œCSI: New Yorkâ€ actors, Gary Sinise -- and The Lt. Dan Band -- and Carmine Giovinazzo, vocalist Daniel Rodriguez and comedian Tom Dreesen took center stage before a packed house of some 2,000."
By: Jennifer McMahon (Team Semper Fi Assistant) - August 8, 2010
Santa Cruz, CA - Like any triathlon, the Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon is an individual sport. Team Semper Fi recently competed in this triathlon which consisted of a 750 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 5K run. Read the rest of this entry »
By Steve Moyer/Herald-Tribune - Saturday, August 14, 2010
Fort Scott, KS - "It's probably the craziest thing I've ever tried," Lance Christie said. He was probably right, he and a friend are preparing for the MR340, an endurance race on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles slated to begin Aug. 24. The two have a good cause driving their attempt, they hope to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured U.S. Marine Corps personnel and Marine support workers."