SEMPER FI

Marine veteran Chris Lowe competes in pole bending at a Jinx McCain event.
PHOTOS COURTESY SEMPER FI FUND
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 »

Yellow Checker Star makes donation to benefit injured service members

Yellow Checker Star CEO Gene Auffert (right) gives check to Sgt. Thomas “Trey” Humphrey, a marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan three years ago. Humphrey, who accepted the check on behalf of the Semper Fi Fund, is a lifelong friend of Joel Willden, Yellow Checker Star field operations manager and grandson of one of the co-founders of Yellow Checker Star.
July 3, 2014

KTNV ABC Channel 13 | By Dyuce Woodson | CREATED Jun 24, 2014 | Link to Article

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Taxicab company Yellow Checker Star donated $5,000 to the Semper Fi Fund on Tuesday.

The donation contributes to financial assistance and additional services the nonprofit provides for military service men and women, veterans and their families, not just in Nevada but across the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

SURVIVE. RECOVER. LIVE. See Rob Jones’ documentary of his journey!

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July 3, 2014

We all watched in amazement as Rob Jones embarked on his incredible 5,181 mile cross-country bicycle journey to bring support and awareness to our wounded, the Semper Fi Fund and others. Today, Rob released a documentary of his bike ride and it's filled with heart-warming insight to his humble grit and determination, and the challenges he faced while accomplishing his ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Former USMC colonel on track to run 25 marathons this year

Col. Hank Donigan is halfway to his goal of running 25 marathons this year to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. 
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June 26, 2014

U-T San Diego | By Tom Pfingsten | 6 a.m.June 22, 2014 | Link to Article

FALLBROOK — For Hank Donigan, a 58-year-old Marine Corps veteran who retired a colonel in 2007, the magic number is 25.

That’s how many marathons Donigan plans to run by the end of 2014, and it’s no pipe dream, either: As of last Thursday, when we met in a coffee shop downtown, he had completed 12 events that were at least 26.2 miles in length — one was 51 miles, he admits, but he still only counted it once. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine vet treks across the country

June 25, 2014

WTVA | Reported by: Trevor Gray | Published: 6/24 5:47 pm | Link to Article

ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) --A Colorado man, making his way across the country, made a stop in Mississippi on Tuesday.

Matt Littrell, a veteran, is making the trip to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund to help his fellow veterans with physical and emotional wounds. He started at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and is headed to Camp Pendleton in California. Read the rest of this entry »

Golf tournament raises money for wounded warriors

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June 24, 2014

KFMB-TV (CBS 8) | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:02 PM EDT Updated: Jun 23, 2014 11:25 PM EDT | Link to Article

VISTA, CA (CBS 8) – More than 100 golfers teed off in the North County Monday in support of our wounded warriors.

The third annual Semper Fi Open Golf Tournament was held Monday morning at Shadow Ridge Golf Club. The tournament raises money for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps Marines and sailors who have been hurt on the battlefield since 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »

Groups come together to fund smart home for injured Navy SEAL

June 22, 2014

Billings Gazette | June 21, 2014 4:51 pm | By Susan Olp | Link to Article

On a high, grassy hill in Lockwood that boasts a panoramic view of five mountain ranges, Bo Reichenbach will soon rebuild another part of his life.

Reichenbach, a U.S. Navy SEAL who lost his legs to a makeshift bomb in Afghanistan in 2012, joined a crowd of people Saturday afternoon on the hill to celebrate the groundbreaking for his future home. Read the rest of this entry »