Army child recognized at Warrior Games

Stetson Bardfield is surprised as he is presented with his own Action Track Chair Oct. 2, 2014, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado, Colo. After the gold medal sitting volleyball match at the Warrior Games, Bardfield went to help present medals to the athletes and instead was gifted with the all-terrain wheelchair. He is the son of Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Shai Bardfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)
October 6, 2014

Defense Media Activity - Air Force | Story by Senior Airman Jette Carr | October 4, 2014 17:00 | Link to Article

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Semper Fi Fund and the Fisher House Foundation presented a military child with a special donation after the Warrior Games sitting volleyball competition Oct. 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund director made honorary Marine

Marine Corps commandant Gen. Jim Amos and his wife, Bonnie, present Semper Fi Fund founder Karen Guenther with the title of honorary Marine on Sept. 20 at the Marine Family Garden at Marine Barracks Washington. (Hope Hodge Seck/Staff)
October 5, 2014

Marine Corps Times | By Hope Hodge Seck Staff Writer | Oct. 4, 2014 - 04:40PM | Link to Article
Washington, DC - In one of his final acts as commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Jim Amos pinned Semper Fi Fund founder Karen Guenther with a solid gold eagle, globe and anchor, signaling her admission into the exclusive order of honorary Marines.

The pinning ceremony — a complete surprise to Guenther — took place as the nonprofit marked its 10th anniversary in a Sept. 20 celebration at Marine Barracks Washington. But Amos said the event was a long time in the making. Read the rest of this entry »

Rico Roman, U.S. Paralympic star, helps open 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte

Paralympic champion Rico Roman, a retired Army Staff Sergeant, was an honorary torchbearer for the 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte. He lit the cauldron after receiving the torch from teammate Paul Schaus, a retired Marine Corps Corporal. 
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October 2, 2014

BY SCOTTIE BIBB | SEPT. 28, 2014, 10:30 P.M. (ET) | Link to Article

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Paralympic gold medalist and retired Army Staff Sergeant Rico Roman — alongside fellow Paralympic teammate and retired Marine Corps Corporal Paul Schaus — lit the cauldron to kick off the fifth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte at the Olympic Training Center today in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Founder and CEO Karen Guenther: Honorary Marine

General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps,  presents the citation declaring Karen Guenther, Semper Fi Fund's Founder and CEO, an Honrary Marine.  Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
September 21, 2014

Washington, DC - It’s difficult to overstate how much of a privilege it is to be named an Honorary Marine.

“I receive requests all the time for people to be named Honorary Marines,” said 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos. “They send stacks of papers and binders making the case for why someone should receive the honor. It’s not a title that’s given with very much frequency.” Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Captures a Decade of Inspiring Service on Film with 10th Anniversary Video

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September 20, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - 2014 is a very special year for the Semper Fi Fund marking 10 Inspiring Years of Service in support of our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members. Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund and its program, the America’s Fund has helped more than 12,300 post-9/11 service members and their families with a wide range of assistance totaling more than $96 million. To celebrate this incredible achievement, we’re proud to share ten years of memories captured on film, in a moving new 3-minute video that tells our remarkable story. Read the rest of this entry »

Washington Post: Marine wounded alongside Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter featured in new video

Marine Lance Cpls. Kyle Carpenter, and Nicholas Eufrazio, right are pictured here in Marjah, Afghanistan, during their 2010 deployment. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for shielding Eufrazio from a grenade blast on Nov. 21, 2010. (Photo handout by the Marine Corps)
September 15, 2014

Washington Post | By Dan Lamothe | Email | Follow Dan on Twitter | September 15, 2014 | Link to Article

When President Obama presented the Medal of Honor this year to Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter, he recalled the way the infantryman attempted to save his friend, Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, from the devastating effects of a grenade blast on a roof in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marine veteran Chris Lowe competes in pole bending at a Jinx McCain event.
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September 11, 2014

Ranch & Reata Magazine | A.J. Mangum | September 11, 2014 | Link to Article

Horsemanship offers veterans relief from the traumas of combat.

In 2002, Chris Lowe was a teenager from a small Texas town, a 19-year-old community college student with an ambition to serve his country. Following a family tradition of military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Two years later, he was in Iraq, on a combat deployment in the chaotic hotbed of Fallujah, providing security for an explosives disposal team, when an enemy mortar exploded just feet away from him. Only luck saved his life. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda racer and U.S. Marine Liam Dwyer ready to race again

CTSCC ST Class podium: race winners Liam Dwyer, Tom Long, second place Stevan McAleer, Chad McCumbee, third place Tyler McQuarrie, Marc MillerPhoto: David Yowe
August 20, 2014

www.motorsport.com | Link to Article | Posted: 8/19/2014 at 6:18pm

Hoping to repeat his Lime Rock win.

When Hollywood scripts a racing movie, they tend to go overboard. Having an injured U.S. Marine Staff Sargent winning a professional race, in only his second start, just miles from where he grew up, on the third anniversary of his ‘Alive Day’, after 50 surgeries since that injury, on Memorial Day weekend. Who would believe that? Believe it, as that’s exactly what happened to Liam Dwyer and his Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 when he co-drove with Tom Long to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST win in late May at Lime Rock Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veterans begin healing process in Big Horn Mountains

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July 18, 2014

Q2-KTVQ TV | Jul 18, 2014 8:03 PM | by Aja Goare - Q2 News | Link to Article

BILLINGS - Speaking of veterans, recovery through sport is the idea behind a program devoted to helping service men and women recover from traumatic injuries.

It's called the Semper Fi Fund, an organization helps wounded veterans with the recovery process, but not with hospitals or therapy. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney received 2014 Pat Tillman Service Award on ESPN!

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July 17, 2014

Team Semper Fi member and 2014 Team USA Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Josh Sweeney, who scored the winning goal against Russia, is received the first ever Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by ESPN and the Pat Tillman Foundation at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16th at 9pm ET (http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/). Josh was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both legs in October 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Saddle Up For Doublerafter Cattle Drive

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July 11, 2014

Injured Veteran Athletes Gear Up for Cowboy-Style Adventure

RANCHESTER, WY July 11, 2014 - Next week, from July 15 to July 18, the injured veterans of Team Semper Fi (TSF) and Team America’s Fund (TAmF) are saddling up for the adventure of a lifetime: for four days and three nights, these athletes will become cowboys, driving cattle through the mountains of Wyoming for the Doublerafter Cattle Drive. Read the rest of this entry »

On Wisconsin: Danger and hospitality on the Mississippi River

July 7, 2014

July 06, 2014 8:00 am | By Barry Adams | Wisconsin State Journal | Link to Article

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN – The mosquitoes are thick, the storms relentless and the river high.

This is a dangerous time to be on the rain-swollen Mississippi River, especially for those with little experience on the water.

The current is deadly. Debris is prolific, often out of sight but just below the murky surface. The conditions have limited recreational traffic, but barges and winds persist, teaming at times to create waves that could easily swamp a kayak. Read the rest of this entry »

Young, active war wounded pushing medical science

July 5, 2014

Merced Sun Star | by JULIE WATSON | Associated Press | July 3, 2014 | Link to Article

SAN DIEGO — The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer’s leg and hand.

It’s his smile.

The bomb technician had asked a team member to take the picture. He knew his defiance in the face of death would keep his comrades going and ease the torment caused by what they had witnessed. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine on Horseback Fights for Fellow Veterans

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July 4, 2014

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:26 PM EDT | Updated: Jun 26, 2014 9:32 PM EDT | By Kristin Tallent, Anchor/Reporter - email | Link to Article

TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) - Saddling up for those who have fought for our country.

Marine veteran Matt Littrell, who served two tours in Iraq, is riding his horse coast-to-coast hoping to raise money for wounded and critically-ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

His trip is not just about raising money; it's about letting American heroes know they still matter, once their service is finished. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marines intend to kayak length of Mississippi to raise money for veterans’ charity

Former Marines Gabriel Vasquez, left, of Austin, Texas, and Nic Doucette, of Jefferson, Wis., paddle into Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday, June 30, 2014. Doucette and Vasquez are paddling the Mississippi River from St. Paul to New Orleans to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund that provides financial assistance to families of Marines who were wounded in combat. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Nicki Kohl) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
July 3, 2014

Article by: Associated Press | Updated: July 1, 2014 - 7:50 PM | Link to Article in Minneapolis Star Tribune

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Two former Marines are raising money for a charity by kayaking the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »