Tim Tuomey understands the sacrifices service members make to protect American freedom, especially after serving with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battlion, 2nd Marine Division more than two decades ago. While on a climbing trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he experienced what he called an "awakening" where he fully realized that what was truly important to him were the Marines and Sailors protecting his freedom. He organized Operation Awakening, in which he aims to "make a difference in someone else's life" by riding his bike 3,168 miles across the United States. He will leave Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., on April 12 and arrive at his former home base of 2nd Marine Division in Jacksonville, N.C., approximately 70 days later. Tuomey plans to raise money and awareness through his ride for The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support for ill and injured service members and their families.
By Lee Goodwin | The Record Herald | TheRecordHerald.com | February 7, 2012
Mont Alto, Pa. – If sports and competition is the ship, then compassion and caring are the anchors.
Both emerged as the true winners Monday night as Penn State Mont Alto held a Semper Fi Rally before and during their PSUAC men’s basketball game against Penn State Lehigh Valley at the Mont Alto Multipurpose Activities Center.
All proceeds from donations raised from the event — which included a silent auction, a raffle and t-shirt sales — will be given to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization dedicated to helping wounded Marines as well as wounded veterans in other branches of the military who have been in support of Marines. The Semper Fi Fund raises money to assist these wounded veterans in need of special care. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brad Cooper, Director of Joining Forces | White House Blog | WhiteHouse.gov/blog | January 30, 2012
Earlier today, I had the great privilege of joining First Lady Michelle Obama and many of the nation’s leaders in announcing proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that recognize the unique circumstances faced by the caregivers of our country’s wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.
By Elaine Sanchez | American Forces Press Service | Defense.gov | January 30, 2012
WASHINGTON ‐ First Lady Michelle Obama announces measures to increase support for caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members at the Labor Department in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2012. These proposed rules would, in part, enable more military family members to take the time they need to care for their loved ones without fear of career repercussions.
Joined by Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and senior military leaders, Obama announced the Labor Department’s proposal to expand military family leave protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
By The Daily News Jacksonville, NC | www.jdnews.com | January 28, 2012
New River Harley Davidson hosted its 5th annual chili cook-off Saturday, feeding a crowd of hundreds to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
The cook-off had 24 team entrants this year, and three received trophies at a 3 p.m. closing ceremony.
The team from Flanagan’s Bar received the Judges’ Choice award; Rolling Thunder took Peoples’ Choice; and team Stanfield Stampede received a trophy for Best Presentation.
The event also included a gun raffle and performances by the band Freeway.
The event raised about $3,500 to help and support wounded troops and their families.
By PRWEB | January 26, 2012
ElliptiGO Press Release
Rick Hermelin to trek more than 3,000 miles from South Carolina to San Diego to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and raise awareness about the benefits of physical fitness. Read the rest of this entry »
Maryland Coast Dispatch: First State Detachment Marine Corps League Sends Check To Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
By Maryland Coast Dispatch | MDCoastDispatch.com | January 20, 2012
Ocean City, MD – Thanks to the generosity of the people in lower Sussex County and northern Worcester County, the First State Detachment Marine Corps League was able to send a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Pictured, from left, are Past Detachment Commandant Wally Stevenson, Detachment Sgt. At Arms Frank Conlon, Detachment Commandant Fred Wise and Del. State Commandant, Dick Tanner.
By Mike Castellucci | KUSI San Diego | KUSI.com | January 19, 2012
Rick Hermelin, a former Marine, is riding cross-country on an ElliptiGO to raise money for Semper Fi Fund. KUSI's Mike Castellucci was in Solana Beach where he got the chance to speak with Rick and hear his story. Read the rest of this entry »
By Ted Cotti | Ventura County Star | VCStar.com | January 10, 2012
Rick Hermelin took his first run in 1976 on a 24-lap-per-mile track on the roof of a Torrance workout facility.
Now, at age 70, he plans to run and ride across the country in 100 days aboard a seatless bicycle called an ElliptiGO that's propelled by a running motion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Greg Emerson | MSN Money MainStreet | Finances.msn.com | January 10, 2012
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By Gregg Zoroya | USA Today | USAToday.com | January 3, 2012
COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Jane Horton wears a small Gold Star pin honoring her husband, Christopher, who was killed by Taliban gunfire four months ago.
"It's like an outward expression of a burden carried deep inside," Jane says about an emblem Congress created after World War II for those who lost loved ones to war.
By Tim Sherno | KSTP News | KSTP.com | January 1, 2012
Nearly 900 people jumped through a hole in the ice covering Lake Minnetonka New Year's Day as part of the annual ALARC Ice Dive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gordon Tokumatsu and Olga Spilewsky | NBC News Los Angeles | NBCLosAngeles.com | December 30, 2011
Rick Hermelin is a marathon runner and a former U.S. Marine. The 70-year-old plans to give back to his fellow servicemen and women by trekking coast-to-coast on his very unique bicycle.
By Susan Abraham | Los Angeles Daily News | Dailynews.com | December 29, 2011
Rick Hermelin served his country as a Marine, worked in the Southern California aerospace industry as an engineer, became a massage therapist, and has run in 100 marathons.
But Hermelin, who is 70, slender and tan, says he is still seeking that journey of a lifetime.
"The idea of doing coast-to-coast is something I wanted to do for many years," Hermelin said Thursday morning at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area.
"I feel good. Nothing hurts, so why not?"
Since July, the Westlake Village resident has been preparing for a 100-day road trip from South Carolina to California, pedaling on an odd device called an ElliptiGO. The hybrid of a bike and elliptical machine will make him look like he is gliding down 3,000 miles of concrete.
By John Carlson | The Star Press | TheStarPress.com | December 20, 2011
MUNCIE -- For David and Carol Williams, this Christmas' most precious gift will come through the door on crutches and one leg.
"This will be a very special Christmas," said Carol, whose son, Marine Corps Cpl. Murphy D. Hueston, lost a leg to the war in Afghanistan on Sept. 11. "We could have been a gold star family." Read the rest of this entry »