Wounded Military Veterans Take On Utah Mountains

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August 8, 2015

Good 4 Utah | 08/06/2015 12:51 PM | 08/07/2015 11:57 AM | Link to Story
Twenty injured military veterans have been in Utah attending the first-sever Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund Mountain Biking Camp.

Tyler Burdick is one of them. He is originally from Salt Lake City, and is a United States Navy veteran and is a double below-the-knee amputee. He competes in many Team Semper Fi events such as the mountain biking camp. In addition to his Team Semper Fi events, he is a U.S. Paralympic Snowboarder. Read the rest of this entry »

Double amputee completes handcycle ride across US for wounded veterans

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August 2, 2015

Stars and Stripes | By Heath Druzin | Published: August 2, 2015 | Link to Article

ARLINGTON, Virginia — What started as a joke between Marines in a San Diego recovery room in the spring ended Sunday, more than 4,000 miles later in Virginia, as double amputee Toran Gaal hand-cranked his bike past the Marine Corps Memorial, through a row of American flags into the arms of his wife and children for the first time in two months. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded vets learn how to golf

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July 30, 2015

KUSA 9NEWS | Allison Sylte and Steve Staeger | KUSA 9:58 p.m. MDT July 28, 2015 | Link to Coverage

Englewood, CO - A group of veterans got to learn "the game of a lifetime" this week at Inverness Golf Club as part of the Team Semper Fi Golf Camp. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 07/28/15. KUSA Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marine Commandant to chair Semper Fi Fund

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos speaks during the Hall of Heroes induction ceremony for Medal of Honor Recipient, Sgt. Dakota Meyer USMC at the Pentagon September 16, 2011 .
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July 17, 2015

Military Times | By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer | 1:03 p.m. EDT July 17, 2015 | Link to Article

The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps is stepping into a new role at the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Disfigured by war, veteran now says ‘I found my place’

United States Marine veteran Ronny "Tony" Porta, wounded in Iraq in 2007, with his wife, Deicy Porta, in the master bedroom of his new "smart" home.
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July 4, 2015

USA TODAY | Gregg Zoroya | 3:06 p.m. EDT July 3, 2015 | Link to Article

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 »

Semper Fi Open raises 135k for injured military

Opening ceremonies of the Semper Fi Open Golf Tournament in Vista featured the Color Guard and bagpipers.
July 1, 2015

U-T San Diego | By Linda McIntosh | 1:10 p.m. June 29, 2015 | Link to Article

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 »

Wounded vets stop in Williams on cross-country journey

Brian Riley (left) and Toran Gaal take a break in the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel lobby. The two are traveling across the country to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. Ryan Williams/WGCN
June 11, 2015

Williams News | by Wendy Howell, Reporter | 6/9/2015 10:02:00 AM | Link to Article

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 »

Iraq war veteran forms bond with Boston bombing victim

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June 1, 2015

CBS News | MAY 25, 2015, 12:25 PM | Link to Video

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 »

Double Amputee Starts 52-Day Cross-Country Fundraising Journey to Arlington on Bike

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June 1, 2015

NBC-7 San Diego | By Samantha Tatro | Published at 1:55 PM PDT on Jun 1, 2015 | Updated at 10:53 AM PDT on Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 | Link to Coverage

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 »

Former Marine Officer Breaks World Record Plank to Benefit Semper Fi Fund

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June 1, 2015

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 »

Getting to the real meaning of Memorial Day

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May 26, 2015

Blog by Kristine Schellhaas | May 22, 2014 | Link to Post

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 »

Semper Fi Fund Caregiver’s Retreat

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May 21, 2015

Ramblings of a Marine Wife | May 20, 2015 | By Kara | Link to Story

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 »

Benefit for Semper Fi Fund Helps Veterans

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May 8, 2015

WICU-HD(NBC) and WSEE-HD(CBS) TV-12 | Posted: May 01, 2015 12:13 AM EDT | Updated: May 08, 2015 12:13 AM EDT | By Deedee Sun CONNECT | Link to Article

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.

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May 8, 2015

By Annise Montplaisir, AQHA online communications and publications intern | The American Quarter Horse Journal | May 7, 2015 | Link to Article

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 »

Wounded veterans back in the saddle

Rebecca Fletcher of Deale, Maryland, and fellow Marines ride Friday during the Semper Fi Fund and Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program clinic at the Canton Multipurpose and Equine Center in Madison County. The horsemanship program and inaugural Dixie Challenge continues through Sunday.
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April 27, 2015

The Clarion-Ledger | Jacob Threadgill | April 24, 2015, 9:34 p.m. CDT | Link to Article

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 »