USA Today: Disabled vets get hot wheels despite their wheelchairs

May 9, 2012

By Chris Woodyard | USA Today | USAToday.com| May 9, 2012

Left a paraplegic by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan two years ago, retired Marine Jack Pierce vows not to let his disability leave him in life's slow lane.

Pierce applies that attitude to pretty much everything, including. right now, his summer vacation.

Pierce plans to drive his wife and two-year-old son a tour of national parks and monuments in their 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup, towing a fifth-wheel RV trailer specially outfitted for his needs. And tethered to the trailer will be a three-wheel motorcycle that lets him drive in his wheelchair. Read the rest of this entry »

KXAN Austin: Man on 100-day trek on special bicycle

May 4, 2012

KXAN Austin | Kxan.com | May 4, 2012

AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's not a bicycle. It's not a Segway. But it looks like a cross between both.

Rick Hermelin, 71, is the man on the ElliptiGo. He's taking it on a 100-day trek to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

KPBS San Diego: Marine Veteran Finds Success With Energy Drink Invention

May 1, 2012

By Beth Ford Roth | KPBS | KPBS.org | May 1, 2012

A California Marine veteran is preparing for a new kind of battle - the cola wars. He's invented the energy beverage "Re-Up," but competing against the big guys won't be easy. Michael Spearman lives in Northern California, where he invented - and now markets - an energy drink called Re-Up. Its target market is the military. Read the rest of this entry »

Times Herald: Former Marine prepared for long battle against beverage giants with Re-Up

April 29, 2012

By Rich Freedman | Times Herald | TimesHeraldOnlinecom | April 29, 2012

Michael Spearman is looking for the few, the proud, the thirsty. Actually, he already has more than a few. A few million, however, would be good.

When first interviewed by the Times-Herald in April, 2009, the former U.S. Marine started Re-Up, an "energy supplement" beverage strictly targeting the military. Read the rest of this entry »

DVIDS: Program helps Marines with invisible wounds

April 26, 2012

By Aquita Brown | USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment | DVIDS | April 26, 2012

FORT CARSON, Colo. — “There is nothing wrong with having post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. You are not letting anyone down when you seek help for the symptoms that you are encountering and you are not alone in the fight.”

Two members of the Wounded Warrior Regiments Medical Cell are the voices behind this powerful statement. Sharon Cross and Karola Thurman have made it a top priority to continue educating Marines and their leadership about the causes and effects of invisible wounds.

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Military Press: Semper Fi Fund Receives $30,000 Grant from Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo presents Semper Fi Fund with grant
April 23, 2012

By Military Press | Militarypress.com | April 23, 2012

The Semper Fi Fund has been named the recipient of a $30,000 grant from Wells Fargo as part of the bank’s 160th Anniversary. Read the rest of this entry »

KLTV: Former Marine, 71, EliptiGo’s across the country for a cause

April 19, 2012
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By KLTV website | KLTV.com | April 19, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For his three-month trip, Rick Hermelin packed light: two changes of clothes, a laptop computer, a sleeping bag and two GPS devices.

"The small one keeps track of where I've been," Hermelin said. "And, the big one tells me where I'm going."

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NBC33 LA: Coast to Coast for a Cause

April 18, 2012

By Matt Boudreaux | Louisiana NBC 33| NBC33TV.com | April 18, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — There’s something about the number 100 that has Rick Hermelin on the move. The 71-year old former marine has run 100 marathons, 100 half-marathons and 100-10K races. His next challenge travel coast to coast on an ElliptiGO, a low-impact fitness bike designed to emulate the running motion, will happen in 100 days. He’s not just doing for his health. His ultimate goal is to raise $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Click on the video for the complete story. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Enterprise: Golf tournament to benefit Semper Fi Fund

April 18, 2012

By The Press Enterprise - Riverside | PE.com | April 18, 2012

KWB Wealth Managers Group and Arrowhead Orthopaedics are teaming up to sponsor a golf tournament May 4 to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

The event has been inspired by U.S. Marine Cpl. Justin Crabbe, a native of the Inland Empire who is undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for injuries sustained Aug. 26 in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

DVID News: Marines raise money, awareness for Semper Fi Fund

Marines raise money, awareness for Semper Fi Fund
April 16, 2012

Marines take on Egg Challenge for the Semper Fi FundBy Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | Defense Video & Distribution System | DVidshub.net | April 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO — Marines and guests gathered to raise money and awareness for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Broken Yolk Café in Oceanside, Calif., April 13. Read the rest of this entry »

WDSU New Orleans: Retired Marine Crossing Country To Aid Wounded Warriors

April 16, 2012

By WDSU 6 New Orleans | WDSU.com | April 16, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- A 71-year-old former Marine has taken to the road to help raise money for injured servicemen and women.

"Once a Marine, always a Marine, and it's just a part of who I am," Rick Hermelin said. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside NOVA: Wounded warriors work on their equine skills

April 15, 2012

By Julia Ledoux | Inside NOVA | InsideNOVA.com | April 15, 2012

NOKESVILLE, Va. -- Doctor’s appointments and medical tests were forgotten, at least temporarily, as Marines gal­loped around a horse corral Fri­day, grins wide and a competitive fire in their eyes.

As part of the Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Pro­gram, 10 wounded, ill or injured Marines from the Corps’ Wound­ed Warrior Regiment at Quantico Marine Corps base were selected to participate in the Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic III, held at the D&M Cattle Company in Nokesville from Tuesday to Saturday.

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Herald-Tribune: Tournament supports Semper Fi’s mission

April 11, 2012

By Betsy Williams | Herald-Tribune Sarasota | heraldtribune.com | April 11, 2012

The Semper Fi Fund was established in 2004 to help defray the expenses during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery for members of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy injured in the line of duty or critically ill.

Semper Fi has expanded to help service members of all the U.S. forces and their families in need. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama NBC 15: Veteran Treks Across U.S. to Raise Money for Injured Service Men and Women

April 9, 2012

Local 15 News Alabama | Local15tv.com | April 9, 2012

(ORANGE BEACH, Ala.) - Rick Hermelin is an incredible man, in incredible shape. He's a former Marine who refuses to let his age stand in the way of his goals. He's fast too, covering about 12 miles per hour. LOCAL 15 News caught up with him, in Orange Beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Pensacola Fox 10 News: Man journeys cross-country for veterans

April 8, 2012

By Cory Pippin | Fox 10 News Pensacola | Fox10tv.com | April 8, 2012

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - As cars zoom by, Rick Hermelin, 71, steadily makes his way up the highway, his legs pumping the pedals on his elliptical bike.

Hermelin is on a 100 day, 3,000 mile trip across the country to support the "Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund." Read the rest of this entry »