America’s Fund to Aid Boston Marathon Victims, Offer Immediate Financial Support for Recovery

April 17, 2013

By Alicia Selliti | PRWeb | | April 17, 2013

Washington, DC – In the wake of Monday’s tragedy in Boston, the nation mourns the lives we lost, and grieves for the injured and their families. These are the first days in what may be a long road to recovery; and America’s Fund will be there to help. The charity program, administered by the veteran non-profit Semper Fi Fund, will be sending staff, volunteers, and amputees wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to Boston to provide encouragement, guidance, and immediate financial support to victims and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

CBS News segment features Semper Fi Fund

March 21, 2013

In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq invasion, CBS news correspondent David Martin revisited the story of Sergeant Eddie Wright, one of the first Marines helped by the Semper Fi Fund. Eddie, a double amputee, opens up to David about the new battles he is fighting at home, and the challenges he faces both emotionally and physically on a daily basis. The Semper Fi Fund was there when Eddie was first injured in 2004 and continues to support him and his family today in a number of different ways, including counseling that saved his marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

CBS News: Wounded Iraq veteran gets by – With a little help from friends

March 20, 2013

CBS News – Ten years ago Wednesday, U.S. ground forces began pouring into Iraq.
By the time the war was over, more than 4,000 Americans had been killed and 32,000 others were wounded.

Veteran Eddie Wright lost both his hands to a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq in 2004. But for some veterans, there are new battles. Read the rest of this entry »

Seeking New Challenges, Infiltration Author, Lee Dodson, Takes On Fund Raising For THE SEMPER FI FUND To Help Marines

March 19, 2013

PR Web – After a stunning Underground Homeland Terrorism Survey success that produced over 14,000,000 responses, Lee Dodson, author of the novel Infiltration, has taken aim at helping the already popular SEMPER FI FUND that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families."

“The admittedly unscientific survey was an unqualified success. It revealed that there are a lot of people out there in Internet Land who are thinking the same ideas I was, that the War on Terror is not over, that the risk is still palpable, that our first line of defense is still vital,” the writer said. “We send courageous men and women into harm’s way, and we need to be aware of it, not just the serving, but those we have sent…and their families. They are the best we have, and that’s why the SEMPER FI FUND is not just important, it’s crucial. Donations say that we don’t forget.” Read the rest of this entry »

USA Today: Ailing veterans turn to charities in record numbers

Brandon Pelletier
February 26, 2013

By Gregg Zoroya | USA Today | | February 21, 2013

Susan Rocco starts authorizing help on a litany of pleas from wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at 7 a.m. in her home north of Quantico, Va.

One is a young Marine veteran living in a shelter who needs clothing and electricity turned on so he can go back home; another is a Marine missing a leg who visits his parents, but needs a ramp built to get into their house; and a third is hospitalized for attempted suicide and his wife needs travel money to visit him.

Rocco is eastern-region case director for the military charity Semper Fi Fund. As the hours unwind through the day, she authorizes 34 grants worth $37,000 to help dozens of current and former troops in need.

And that's just on Friday, Feb. 1. Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom Autosport Ready To Show Off The Mazda MX-5 In Austin

February 25, 2013

By PaddockTalk | | February 25, 2013

Freedom Autosport is looking forward to introducing a new group of fans to their Mazda MX-5s this weekend, when GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge has their inaugural event at Circuit of the Americas.

Rhett O'Doski and Andrew Carbonell had a strong start to the season, finishing sixth at Daytona, and they will be hoping for an even better result at Austin in the No. 26 Mazda MX-5. Derek Whitis and Tom Long, who co-drive the No. 25 Mazda MX-5, were 13th at Daytona.

"Going to a new track is always a fun challenge, and this is a great chance to not only show off what a great car the Mazda MX-5 is, but to promote the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund," says O'Doski. "We encourage veterans to stop by our pits so we can say thank you in person." Read the rest of this entry »

Marine wife runs to help wounded troops get back on their feet

February 21, 2013

By DAVID LAUDERDALE | The Island Packet | | February 21, 2013

A young Beaufort couple stepped out of church to face news they instantly knew would not be good.

"We had missed text messages and phone calls from both my parents – on my phone and my husband's phone – so we knew something was wrong," Jenifer Keller said this week from her home in the Habersham neighborhood.

Keller's younger brother was then a 24-year-old Marine Corps corporal serving his third combat tour in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet America’s five quadruple amputees injured in Iraq, Afghanistan

January 29, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to support each of the injured service members discussed in this article. We are always excited to have others share with us in the successes of our servicemen and women as they travel along their very difficult roads to recovery. The Semper Fi Fund provides long-term assistance for life-long needs so that none of our injured or critically ill service members, like the five amazing men mentioned below, will ever be alone or forgotten.

American Homecomings | | January 29, 2013

Early Easter morning in 2009, about 125 miles north of Baghdad, U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco was riding in an armored vehicle that tripped a roadside explosive device.

The explosion blew Marrocco's arms and legs off, severed his left carotid artery and broke his nose, left eye socket and facial bones. It blew shrapnel into his face, burned his neck and face and damaged his eyesight. Read the rest of this entry »

Jacksonville Daily News: Warm bite for a good cause

January 26, 2013

By Don Bryan | The Daily News | | January 26, 2013

Hundreds gathered at New River Harley-Davidson Saturday to get a warm bite of chili and raise money for the Semper Fi Fund.

The 6th annual Screamin Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge included a chili contest, sampling and live music. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pain Within: War Wounds Run Deep for Returning Veterans

January 23, 2013

By Karen Guenther: Founder, President and CEO of the Semper Fi Fund | The Huffington Post | | January 23, 2013

Amidst the end-of-year hustle and bustle, most Americans were understandably preoccupied with shopping, travel and family. So many Americans also failed to notice the tragic milestone we passed this holiday season: in 2012, combat deaths were outnumbered by veteran suicides, reaching a record high. It's a startling statistic, particularly when you pause to consider its implications. For the last decade, we've seen tens of thousand of soldiers return home with injuries, many of whom had serious brain or spinal damage. But these numbers only account for the wounds we can see -- and it's the damage outside our field of vision that's sometimes the most lethal. Read the rest of this entry »

Patriots Hockey checks Semper Fi Fund

Patriots Hockey Check Presentation
January 16, 2013

By Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | DVIDS | | January 16, 2013

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A Southern California ice hockey team comprised of active and former service members made a huge play Jan. 13 when they presented the Semper Fi Fund with a check for $1,400.

The team, Patriots Hockey, raised the money at the ECHL’s Ontario Reign game Dec. 1 in Ontario, Calif. After spending three periods and an overtime in the corridors of Citizens Business Bank Arena, home of the Reign, raising money for the fund by selling Patriots Hockey t-shirts and accepting donations, the team then took the ice to take on Ontario Fire Department’s hockey team. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready, Set, Go: Second Annual Flight Line Dash

January 15, 2013

By Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza | DVIDS | | January 15, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – At 6 a.m., with the cold San Diego breeze making them shiver, volunteers with the Officers' Wives' Club hosted the second annual Flight Line Dash aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 12.

Approximately 500 members of the San Diego community ran to support and raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the MCAS Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the MCAS Miramar Children's Library. Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Redefined: Encouraging Veterans with physical disabilities to take on sports

January 15, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to have paratriathlete Michael Johnston on Team Semper Fi!

By Doug Williams | U.S. Paralympics | | January 15, 2013

Michael Johnston is a paratriathlete with hopes of competing in the sport’s Paralympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But he is also part of another mission: He’s trying to encourage fellow Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with physical disabilities to get involved in sports to help open doors to new activities, enrich their lives and get them moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Veterans’ Needs, Charitable Dangers

January 5, 2013

By Richard C. Morais | Barron's | | Jan 5, 2012

Military personnel are committing suicide at a rate greater than they are dying in battle. In 2011, there were 283 confirmed Army, Reserve, and National Guard suicides, according to the Defense Department. Last year, it appears, the tolling bells rang an even sadder result. In the first 11 months of 2012, there were 303 "potential" suicides among the same group, with 210 so far confirmed by investigators. In contrast, the Stars and Stripes military newspaper reports that, as of Dec. 7, 212 soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Boeing Workers Donate $420,000 to Vets

January 4, 2013

The grants, through an employees fund, were given to nine groups that help military veterans transition into civilian life.

By OC Patch Staff | Los Alamitos – Seal Beach Patch | | Jan 4, 2013

Boeing's California employees recently gave more than $400,000 to groups that aid military veterans, according to the aerospace and defense company. Read the rest of this entry »