North County Times: "Ride for Heroes" to reach Pendleton on Friday

Members of the Ride for Heroes team ride to their next destination (150)
August 7, 2012
ride for heroes member biking cross-country

By Mark Walker | North County Times | nctimes.com | August 7, 2012

Four recumbent tricycle riders who departed St. Augustine, Fla., in early June for fundraising trip for the Oceanside-based Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund are scheduled to arrive at Camp Pendleton on Friday afternoon.

Three of the participants in the "Ride for Heroes" are former Marines, including a double amputee Afghanistan veteran. Read the rest of this entry »

Teen bikes cross country for injured Marines

Billy Osterman and his family
August 3, 2012

By Linda McIntosh | U-T San Diego | utsandiego.com | August 3, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON – Billy Osterman, 16, raised $3,000 in a cross country bicycle ride to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit supporting injured Marines and their families.

The former Fallbrook High School varsity Lacrosse player rode 2,500 miles over 45 days from Tybee Island, Georgia to the Santa Monica Pier, arriving back today as part of the "American Challenge" bike tour. Read the rest of this entry »

MACG-38 Golf Outing raises money for Semper Fi Fund

August 3, 2012
MACG golf tournament

Capt. Anthony Heverly tees off during the Marine Air Control Group 38 Golf Outing fund raiser to raise money for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund. Photo by: Pfc. Raquel Barraza

By Pfc. Raquel Barraza | DVIDS | dvidshub.net | August 3, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marine Air Control Group 38 held a golf outing fund raiser for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Memorial Golf Course aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Aug. 3.

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support for injured and critically ill Marines and other members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were attached to Marine units.

"The goal is to raise as much money for the Semper Fi Fund as possible," said Col. Bruce Barnhill, the commanding officer of MACG-38 and Virginia native.

This is the first golf outing fund raiser held by MACG-38, but the squadron intends to make it an annual function, added Barnhill. Read the rest of this entry »

NHL Insider: Brown uses Stanley Cup to help military families

July 28, 2012
Dustin Brown with the Stanley Cup

Dustin Brown's day with the Cup, to benefit the Semper Fi Fund! Photo By Dave Lozo, NHL.com Staff Writer

By Dave Lozo | NHL Insider | nhl.com | July 28, 2012

ITHACA, N.Y. – When Dustin Brown finally learned when he'd spend his official day with the Stanley Cup, his first thought wasn't about how he'd like to party with it at local bars.

His first thought wasn't about how he'd love have his three sons, Jake, Mason and Cooper, drink chocolate milk from its top, like they did in Los Angeles.

His first thought wasn't about all the places he would take it in his hometown so he could relive his high school glory days as a state champion in ice hockey.

His first thought was about family. Read the rest of this entry »

The Globe: Marine veteran bikes across America

July 26, 2012

The Globe | camplejeuneglobe.com | July 26, 2012

Tim Tuomey, a Marine Corps veteran, took to the road April 20 on a mission to raise awareness about the need for support for combat-wounded veterans. Tuomey called his mission to raise awareness Operation Awakening. More than 3,300 miles and 63 days later, Tuomey finished his long and arduous journey across America on the sands of Onslow Beach.

Operation Awakening was created to raise awareness and funding to help improve the health and welfare of returning Marines and Sailors. The money Tuomey raised was donated to the Semper Fi Fund to assist combat wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Hot Rod Help Injured Marines

July 25, 2012
Mackeys Hot Rods Van

By Thom Taylor | Hot Rod | blogs.hotrod.com | July 25, 2012

This madness involves everything we like: competition, contests, ebay, good causes and cool old vans. Well, maybe not the last part, but Hot Rod is going to try and change your idea of what a cool project van should be with the help of ebay and Mackey's Hot Rod Shop in Huntington Beach, CA.

Three sister publications and Hot Rod each purchased vehicles off of ebay's auction site to reimagine using parts purchased mostly from ebay.

The winning project, as voted on by going to ebay, will get to choose where the proceeds from the auction of all four vehicles on ebay will go. In our case it's the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

LA Kings captain Dustin Brown announces plans for Stanley Cup’s visit to Ithaca

July 22, 2012

By Lindsay Kramer | Syracuse | blog.syracuse.com | July 22, 2012

Los Angeles Kings captain and Ithaca native Dustin Brown will bring the Stanley Cup to Ithaca High School (1401 North Cayuga St.) from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

A limited number of photo opportunities with the Stanley Cup will be available for a suggested donation of $5 per person per photo. Fans will also be able to receive an autographed championship photo signed by Brown for a suggested donation of $5.

All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Journey of the heart passes through Socorro

July 19, 2012
Ben Maenza and Troy McLehany stop to rehydrate in San Antonio Tuesday during the fundraising Ride for Hope

Ben Maenza and Troy McLehany stop to rehydrate in San Antonio Tuesday during the fundraising Ride for Hope.

By Elva K. Österreich | DChieftain | dchieftain.com | July 19, 2012

When Marine Lance Cpl. Ben Maenza came back from Afghanistan in October of 2010, he found himself alone in a hospital, clothes gone, legs removed.

Then the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund stepped in, flying his family in to be with him, buying him essential clothes and providing moral support in the form of a caring individual visiting and talking with him weekly during his hospitalization.

"This is a genuine non-profit," Maenza said. "They show up when you need them. Ninety-five percent of the contributions go to the veterans." Read the rest of this entry »

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™

VSAT archi's acres
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 »