The Globe: Next generation leaders earn their stripes

July 19, 2012

By Amy Binkley | The Globe | camplejeuneglobe.com | July 19, 2012

Service members understand putting their personal safety at risk comes with the job description, but for military children, the idea of a parent in harm's way is a heavy burden.

When warriors return home injured, whether physically or mentally, the weight on a child can be crushing.

The offer of a helping hand, however, can not only lift a spirit but also save a life.

Parents, siblings and friends gathered to welcome home more than 100 students from the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp and Mentor Program Read the rest of this entry »

Men bike across U.S. to raise funds for wounded Marines

July 9, 2012

By Zahra Farah | GO San Angelo Standard-Times | gosanangelo.com | July 9, 2012

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Battling heat, hills and treacherous drivers, four men plan to bike 2,744 miles in 63 days to raise money for injured Marines coming from Iraq and Afghanistan.

On recumbent bicycles, which place the rider in a reclining position, the men already have covered 1,400 miles in 33 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Stafford business, Stafford Marine raise funds for wounded warriors

July 9, 2012
stafford business owner presents donation to Semper Fi Fund

Photo Credit: Mike DiCicco/Quantico Sentry. Jersey Mike's franchise owner Pat Foley presents a check for $2,250 to Master Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan White and his wife, Peg. White.

By Mike DiCicco/Quantico Sentry | InsideNova | insidenova.com | July 9, 2012

Stafford, VA – When Jersey Mike's Subs opened a sandwich shop in Stafford, franchise owner Pat Foley had a choice of charitable causes to donate to by giving away sandwiches.

"Ninety percent of my employees have a relation to the Corps," whether they are family members or retired Marines themselves, he said, noting that this also reflected the Stafford-area demographic.

So he chose the Quantico-based Semper Fi Fund, which raises money to do for injured Marines and their families what the government cannot, especially in the way of paying for family members to travel and stay with wounded Marines while they are hospitalized. Read the rest of this entry »

71-year-old Former Marine Completes Coast-To-Coast ElliptiGO Run and Raises More than $11,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

July 6, 2012

PRWEB | prweb.com | July 5, 2012

Seventy-one-year-old former Marine Rick Hermelin made history this week as the first person to run coast-to-coast on an ElliptiGO elliptical running machine. The intrepid septuagenarian made the epic 3,000-mile trek to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit set up to provide support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Hermelin began his transcontinental journey on March 23, 2012 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina and finished his fundraising run in exactly 100 days at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California on June 30, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund assists with VSAT Program at Archi's Acres™

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July 6, 2012

The Semper Fi Fund is offering assistance for qualified wounded veterans to attend the Veterans Sustainability Agriculture Training™ (VSAT™) program at Archi's Acres™ in Southern California as part of our Education and Career Transition Assistance program.

Archi's Acres™ is a small-scale organic farm in North County, San Diego, established in 2007 by a decorated Marine Sergeant Colin and his wife Karen. Read the rest of this entry »

Heroes hit the road for the Semper Fi Fund

July 5, 2012

By Kyrie O'Connor | My San Antonio | mysanantonio.com | July 5, 2012

College Station – If you let Texans Dennis McLaughlin or Troy McLehany tell the story, Ben Maenza of Tennessee is the hero. If you let Maenza tell it, the heroes are McLaughlin, McLehany and their crew.

Let's stipulate up front: They're all heroes.

All of them, plus McLaughlin's brother-in-law, John Gerlaugh of Virginia, are riding recumbent bicycles across the U.S. to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides aid to injured Marines well past their hospital stays. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News: How military wives are leading the way in providing care for America’s wounded warriors

July 5, 2012

By Karl Rove: Fox News Political Analyst | The Wall Street Journal | foxnews.com | July 5, 2012

The great 19th-century French observer of our country, Alexis de Tocqueville, was amazed at how "Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations . . . proposing a common object for the exertions of a great many men and . . . inducing them voluntarily to pursue it." Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund: Serving Those Who Preserve Our Freedom

July 4, 2012

Written by The Semper Fi Fund; posted by Michael T. Endres | George W. Bush Presidential Center | bushcenter.com | July 4, 2012

On September 16, 2003, the first wave of wounded Marines and Sailors landed at Camp Pendleton, California. A registered nurse named Karen Guenther, whose husband was deployed to Iraq, stood among the small crowd of service members as they reunited with family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wall Street Journal: Helping Veterans for Love of Country

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July 4, 2012

By Karl Rove | The Wall Street Journal | online.wsj.com | OPINION July 4, 2012

Many groups that provide care for America's wounded warriors and their families are led by military wives.

The great 19th-century French observer of our country, Alexis de Tocqueville, was amazed at how "Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations . . . proposing a common object for the exertions of a great many men and . . . inducing them voluntarily to pursue it." Read the rest of this entry »

Marines pass through Texas in cross-country bike ride to benefit wounded service members

July 2, 2012

By Kevin Reece | KHOU 11 News | KVUE.com | July 2, 2012

Montgomery County, Texas – Four men on recumbent cycles toiled through the Texas heat in Liberty and Montgomery counties on Friday on the third week of a cross-country trip to raise money for injured U.S. service men and women.

And among the cyclists was an injured Marine, cycling without the legs he already gave to his country in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News: 71 year old marine finishes cross country journey for charity

Rick Hermelin Finishes Cross-Country Run
July 1, 2012

Fox News | video.foxnews.com | July 1, 2012

San Diego, CA – Vet’s cross country bike trip raises money for Semper Fi fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News: 71-year old former Marine treks cross-country raising funds for injured service members

June 28, 2012

By Meg Baker | Fox News | FoxNews.com | June 28, 2012

Former Marine Rick Hermelin began a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast trek in March in an effort to raise funds and awareness for a non-profit that supports injured and critically ill service members and their families.

Now, Hermelin, 71, is closing in on the finish line, after riding an ElliptiGo cross country for the charity Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

ABC News: Secretary Panetta Pays Tribute to ‘Wounded Warriors’

June 25, 2012

By Dana Hughes | ABC News | abcnews.go.com | June 25, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta welcomed 50 wounded service men and women who participated in this year's Warrior Games competition at a recognition ceremony today at the Pentagon. The competition is an annual event hosted by the United States Olympic Committee and supported by the Department of Defense.

Five teams of wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans chosen from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command compete with each other, and this year against British soldiers. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy Times: Families in all service branches benefit from Semper Fi Fund spinoff

June 21, 2012

By Karen Jowers | Navy Times | NavyTimes.com | June 21, 2012

Since 2004, volunteers with the Semper Fi Fund have been in the trenches with critically injured Marines, providing funds and programs to help them make the fullest recovery possible.

And in those trenches, alongside those hospitalized Marines, the volunteers have seen soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guard members who also had heart-wrenching needs. But the nonprofit Semper Fi Fund's mission was to help Marines and troops injured while assigned to a Marine unit. Read the rest of this entry »

Stars and Stripes: Marines biking cross-country grateful for local support

June 18, 2012
Stars and Stripes Ride for Heroes June 2012

Participants of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: Ride for Heroes, riding across America to raise money for wounded troops.

By Wendy Victora of Northwest Florida Daily News | Stars and Stripes | Stripes.com | June 18, 2012

A combat-wounded Marine and two other Marine veterans continued their bicycle trek across Northwest Florida on Monday, raising awareness and funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Ben Maenza, a 23-year-old double amputee from Tennessee, is pedaling the entire route with his arms.

“It’s been really interesting, really hot,” said Maenza, taking a lunch break at Gulf Islands National Seashore west of Navarre Beach. “We’ve had people stop us when we’re riding on the road and give us money to put toward the fund. Read the rest of this entry »