MSNBC: Sort of a really long, one-man parade for injured troops

March 10, 2012

By Andrew Dallos | | | March 10, 2012

On Friday, March 23, former Marine Rick Hermelin will head out on his elliptical bike from South Carolina -- and just keep going. Hermelin, 71, plans to ride cross the country, reaching San Diego in 100 days. Minus food, which he'll buy along the way, he'll carry everything he needs in a small backpack.

He's raising money for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured and ill troops. "You just get started to push off and then it's just keep moving," he says.

'Push off and then it's just keep moving' from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.

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Pensacola News Journal: More than 13,000 show their Irish spirit at McGuire’s 5K

March 10, 2012

By Lindsay Ruebens | Pensacola News Journal | | March 10, 2012

A man in a green plaid kilt jigged his way to the starting line while a real-life toy plastic soldier tramped across the pavement.

One woman got ready by strapping on a belt with holsters for beer cans.

A gaggle of Marines in orange Spandex shorts and tight Hooters tanks Oorah'd, and an enormous green banana, a beer maid and graffiti-covered human dollar bills took off as bagpipes blared.

Saint Patrick himself — in all his bearded glory with staff, cardinal hat and shamrock-patterned robes — even showed up.

These racers were just a handful of the record 13,350 participants in the 35th annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Run on Saturday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox and Friends: 71-year-old rides cross-country for wounded Marines

March 9, 2012

By Steve Doocey | Fox and Friends | | March 9, 2012

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Military Times: Meet Marine Capt. Mosi Smith, then follow his journey to the Badwater Ultra finish line

March 1, 2012
Mosi Smith 1 in 10 campaign running Blue Crab Bolt 2011

Mosi Smith "1 in 10 campaign" running Blue Crab Bolt

By Sara Davidson | Military Times PT 365 | | March 1, 2012

I’ve known of Marine Capt. Mosi Smith for almost a year now and met the man in the flesh in January. A logistics officer by MOS and currently the 19th Company Officer at the Naval Academy, Mosi has a reputation in ultrarunning circles for being one of the nicest, most-welcoming and all-around-good-people type of runner. And though he’ll deny it, he’s also very fast. Read the rest of this entry »

Houston News: Golf tournament to benefit ‘fallen heroes’

February 23, 2012

By Carrie Thornton | Your Houston News | | February 23, 2012

During his two years of service as a U.S. Marine, Major John Postorino took his duty of looking out for injured service men and women and their families seriously.

In between visiting hospitals to ensure the fallen warriors were receiving proper care and treatment, Postorino encountered several nonprofit organizations aimed at providing funds for military families in need and one in particular stuck with him. So much, in fact, that the retired Marine and current vice president for Skylla Engineering has organized a series of fundraisers benefiting the organization.

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Joint Forces Quarterly: An Interview with General James F. Amos

February 9, 2012

Story by William T. Eliason, Joint Forces Quarterly
February 9, 2012

JFQ: One of the areas all Services are working hard to improve is in energy cost reductions. Can you discuss some of the efforts the Corps has undertaken both at home and in combat to address this challenge?

General Amos: The effort of trying to change our energy culture began around 2009 at our bases and stations where we've had notable success. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps Connection: Marine’s Cross Country Ride

February 7, 2012
Tim Toumey's Operation Awakening for the Semper Fi Fund

Marine Tim Toumey with Operation Awakening

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.

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The Record Herald: Penn State Mont Alto plays game that matters

February 7, 2012

By Lee Goodwin | The Record Herald | | February 7, 2012

Penn State Mont Alto plays game that matters

Brooke Jacobs (left) and Emily Walck work the silent auction and raffle tables during Monday’s Semper Fi Rally at the PSU Mont Alto-PSU Lehigh Valley mens’ basketball game in Mont Alto. Photo by Lee Goodwin.

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 »

White House Blog: Joining Forces for Caregivers

January 31, 2012

By Brad Cooper, Director of Joining Forces | White House 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.

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DOD: Proposal Would Expand Support for Military Caregivers

January 30, 2012
Michelle Obama joining forces with Semper Fi Fund

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. DOD photo by Elaine Sanchez

By Elaine Sanchez | American Forces Press Service | | 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.

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Jacksonville Daily News: Taking the chill off for charity

January 28, 2012

Jack Stanfield passes chili to Lisa Wilson at the Stanfield Stampede Bar & Grill tent during the 5th annual Screaming Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge. Photo by Don Bryan/The Daily News

By The Daily News Jacksonville, NC | | 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.

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71-year-old Former Marine Running Across Country on an ElliptiGO to Raise Money for Injured Marines

January 26, 2012

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

January 20, 2012

By Maryland Coast Dispatch | | 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.

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KUSI San Diego: Rick Hermelin, 70, rides cross-country to raise money for Fund

Rick Hermelin on KUSI News
January 19, 2012

By Mike Castellucci | KUSI San Diego | | 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 »

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

January 11, 2012
Rick Hermelin Ventura County Star photo

Rick Hermelin. Photo by Carlos Chavez.

By Ted Cotti | Ventura County Star | | 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 »