Ventura County Star: Westlake Village man to run-ride across U.S.

January 11, 2012
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Rick Hermelin. Photo by Carlos Chavez.

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 »

MSN Money: Highest-rated charities in America

Bob Barker presents Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund with support
January 11, 2012
Bob Barker presents check to Semper Fi Fund

By Greg Emerson | MSN Money MainStreet | Finances.msn.com | January 10, 2012

You want your donation to go to the right organization, so here are some top places to consider according to charity-rating website Charity Navigator. Read the rest of this entry »

USA Today: Military’s Gold Star families often feel disconnected

January 4, 2012

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.

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KSTP News: Annual Ice Dive Draws Hundreds to Lake Minnetonka

January 1, 2012

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 »

NBC News LA: Former Marine to Give Back With Cross-Country Bike Trip

December 30, 2011

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.

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LA Daily News: At age 70, Rick Hermelin will cross country for injured Marines

December 29, 2011

By Susan Abraham | Los Angeles Daily News | Dailynews.com | December 29, 2011

Rick Hermelin will start his cross-country ride at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina on March 23, the day he first reported for basic training in 1959.

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.

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Star Press: Christmas will be an especially happy time for a wounded local Marine’s family

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December 20, 2011

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 »

Tampa WTSP: New wheels and independence for Iraqi Veteran

December 16, 2011

By Isabel Mascarenas | | WTSP Channel 10 News | December 15, 2011

Tampa, Florida -- A local Iraq War Veteran injured stateside has regained some independence of his own after fighting for the independence of Iraqis eight years ago.

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North County Times: Semper Fi Fund keeps focus on our warriors

December 9, 2011

By Greg Scharf | North County Times | Nctimes.com | December 9, 2011

Not long ago, I went ballistic. I saw a table in front of a local grocery store with two well-dressed young women soliciting donations for Toys for Tots; while the familiar barrel was there, they were also taking credit card orders for toys from a catalog. When I saw them leave in a very expensive car, I suspected they were a fraud. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured veteran competes in Marine Corps Marathon

December 5, 2011
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Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Blair, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student, rode as part of Team Semper Fi during the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

By Lisa Irish | Prescott Daily Courier | Dcourier.com | December 4, 2011

About 4 miles into the Marine Corps Marathon, Michael Blair of Prescott saw another injured veteran like himself having an issue with a derailleur on his bike so he stopped to help him out.

Then Blair helped fix a chain that cut a slot three-quarters of the way through another Wounded Warrior's seat post during the Oct. 30 race in Washington, D.C.

"Later, a cyclist I'd helped out earlier gave me a push when I needed it," said Blair, a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who rode his bike with Team Semper Fi.

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SouthWood couple’s holiday display has patriotic flair

December 2, 2011

By Desiree Stennett | Tallahassee News | Tallahassee.com | December 2, 2011

Derek and Courtney Whitis light their SouthWood home every holiday season.
This year, they’ve outdone themselves.

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An early Christmas present for Marines who have received Purple Hearts

November 30, 2011
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Scores of volunteers packed Purple Heart ornaments for combat wounded Marines Nov. 20 at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City. Photo by Julia LeDoux.

By Julia LeDoux | News and Messenger | Insidenova.com| November 30, 2011

DALE CITY, Va --It looked a lot like Christmas at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503 in Dale City on Nov. 20 as hundreds of community volunteers came together for a Purple Heart ornament stuffing party.

Approximately 9,500 envelopes – the majority destined for every combat wounded Marine who has been injured since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011 -- were stuffed with a Purple Heart ornament during the events. Read the rest of this entry »

Vancouver Marine organizes marathon

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November 30, 2011

By Paul Danzer | Columbian News | Columbian.com | November 29, 2011

Getting more than 300 military personnel moved 26 miles in less than seven hours might seem like a straightforward task.

But for Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Lee, it was an exercise in determination and cooperation.

Lee was the race director for a version of the Marine Corps Marathon held recently at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marine plans coast-to-coast trek for injured troops

November 27, 2011
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Rick Hermelin, 70, plans to use a Solana Beach-built ElliptiGO to travel from the South Carolina's Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego next year to raise money for injured troops. Photo by Rick Hermelin.

By Mark Walker | North County Times | NCTimes.com | November 27, 2011

Take an aging marathoner and a contraption produced in Solana Beach known as an ElliptiGO, then toss in the Marine Corps, and the result is a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast run-ride from South Carolina to San Diego to raise money for injured troops.

That's the plan for 70-year-old Rick Hermelin, a runner with 100 full and 100 half-marathons under his belt.

In March, the former Marine is planning to propel an ElliptiGO from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. And do it in 100 days.

"My support team will be the pack on my back," said Hermelin, a Ventura County resident who plans to move to North County soon to complete his training.

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Marines.mil: Marines hike 1,000 miles for wounded warriors

November 22, 2011

By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel | Headquarters Marine Corps | Marines.mil | April 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Fortunate Sons, a group of Marines from North Carolina, accomplished a monumental task by hiking across the state’s 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail to raise awareness and support for Marines wounded in support of their freedom. Read the rest of this entry »