LOVETTSVILLE, Va. — Ronny "Tony" Porta was searching for a place where people could see past the disfigurement left by war, where cruel mutterings about his appearance or unfeeling questions about whether such wounds were "worth it" did not exist.
More than two years later, Porta says, "I found my place." Read the rest of this entry »
Vista, CA — The annual Semper Fi Open golf tournament raised $135,000 for the Semper Fi Fund to help injured service members and their families. Speakers at the event included Rear Admiral Richard Jefferies and BJ Ganem, an injured Marine supported by the nonprofit fund. Read the rest of this entry »
Williams, Ariz. - Toran Gaal and Brian Riley are paying it forward. The Purple Heart recipients have embarked upon the Ride Across America to create awareness of disabled veterans and raise donations for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »
After Patrick Downes lost his leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, he received help from BJ Ganem, a veteran of the Iraq war. Ganem, an amputee himself, helped Downes adjust to life with a prosthetic. CBS News correspondent Don Dahler spoke with both men about the bond they've formed. Read the rest of this entry »
A San Diego-area veteran who lost both of his legs while fighting in Afghanistan is hand-cycling to Arlington, Virginia, on a 52-day journey to raise money for charity.
Toran Gaal, of Escondido, started his journey Monday in downtown San Diego for his Ride Across America. Read the rest of this entry »
George Hood, 57, spent a total of five hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds in the abdominal plank position on Saturday in Oceanside
NBC San Diego | By Monica Garske | Published at 6:30 PM PDT on May 30, 2015 | Updated at 12:37 PM PDT on Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Link to story | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook Read the rest of this entry »
It’s May – Military Appreciation Month – and Memorial Day is upon us. There’s no doubt in my mind that these two events coincide in the same month because of the continued sacrifices made by our service members and the families of our service members. Read the rest of this entry »
This past weekend, I attended a retreat for caregivers of wounded warriors, organized by the Semper Fi Fund and the America’s Fund. I honestly didn’t feel like I was entitled to go, but the husband’s case manager insisted I should. The weekend was all about relaxing our minds and bodies. There was about 33 of us, mostly wives, but a few moms as well. I had a previously met a few girls, but overall, I really didn’t know anyone. Read the rest of this entry »
Erie, PA - A benefit at Bullfrog Bar on Thursday night goes toward the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that helps out injured veterans from after 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »
Challenged to Serve – Youth and adults from the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association assist service members at the Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program Dixie Challenge Clinic.
The pride and beauty of the American spirit was on full display at the Dixie Challenge clinic, April 24-26 in Canton, Mississippi. The event, sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program and the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association, was attended by 16 servicemen and -women and more than 50 volunteers from the MQHA and Mississippi Quarter Horse Youth Association. Read the rest of this entry »
Canton, MS - There was always one soothing thought commanding officer John Mayer would share with his machine gunner Carlos Rochel during the difficult times of two tours of duty in Iraq, "nothing is better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse."
Rochel is one of 16 veterans, 14 of which are Marines, in Canton through the weekend competing in the inaugural Dixie Challenge through the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, which is sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »
Fox News Channel | Apr. 21, 2015 - 4:32 | Link to the News Segment
Boston, MATwo years ago, BJ Ganem and fellow members of the Semper Fi Fund/America's Fund family traveled to Boston hospitals to meet and support victims of the Marathon bombing. Today, they continue to be a part of the survivors lives, helping them navigate their recoveries every step of the way. Read the rest of this entry »
Pensacola Beach will be home to some 20 injured veterans over the next two weeks as they take part in training for upcoming triathlons sponsored by teams Semper Fi and America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »