Marines.mil: Riders for Semper Fi donate $320,000

October 15, 2011
Ride for Semper Fi check presentation photo

Representatives from Ride for Semper Fi present a check for $320,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Bay View Restaurant aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 15. Sixty-five riders spent six months fundraising in their communities to donate to the fund after completing a 430-mile bicycle ride from Scottsdale, Ariz., to MCRD.

By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla | USMC | Marines.mil | October 15, 2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Friends and family cheered as their loved ones crossed the finish line of the fourth annual Ride for Semper Fi at the Bay View Restaurant aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Oct. 15.

The 430-mile bicycle ride began in Scottsdale, Ariz. and helped raised money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Our Heroes Golf Tournament Raises $65K for the Semper Fi Injured Marines Fund

October 13, 2011
Helping our Heroes golf 2011

Cpl. Patrick Meyers and General Don Lynch (Photo by Neighbor Go)

Neighbors Go | Neighborsgo.com | October 13, 2011

The Brookhaven Country Club was home course to some 200 golfers teeing up for a cause on September 12, 2011. The Helping Our Heroes Golf Tournament and Dinner, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, raised $65,000 to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Participating in this first year event were local notables Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Jr., and Steve and Lauren Christensen. Read the rest of this entry »

President George W Bush honors America’s Wounded Warriors

October 12, 2011

By Focus Daily News | Focusdailynews.com | October 11, 2011

President Bush with wounded warriors photo

President Bush presents the trophy to the Warrior Open winner, Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer, United States Army (Retired) PRNewsFoto/The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Eric Draper

DALLAS—President George W. Bush today congratulated the wounded warriors who participated in the first-ever Warrior Open, presenting the Winner's Trophy to Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer, United States Army (Retired), currently of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Warrior Open is a two-day golf tournament that continues President Bush's efforts to honor the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces who have sacrificed to protect America's freedoms.

The tournament, held at Las Colinas Country Club in the Dallas area, featured 20 members of the military who served their country honorably and were severely wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. President Bush joined the veterans during a practice round on Sunday, and then watched them on the course during the two-day event. Read the rest of this entry »

Biking for a Good Cause in Scottsdale

October 12, 2011

Fox News Phoenix | myfoxphoenix.com | October 12, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - It's a grueling ride, but the cyclists who join it every year get their motivation from the Marines they're riding for.

The group is headed to San Diego and for every mile they ride for injured Marines, they're raising money. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Pendleton Patch: The Ride for Semper Fi

October 12, 2011

By Laura Crawford | Camp Pendleton Patch | Camppendleton.patch.com | October 5, 2011

The Ride for Semper Fi kicks off Oct. 12 from Scottsdale, Ariz. and ends in MCRD San Diego. The 70 participating riders of the event, which supports the Semper Fi Fund, have been training for five months—some longer—completing rides of up to 100 miles a day.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports critically ill and/or injured members of the United States Armed Forces. Four of the riders have benefited from the fund in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

People rally for wounded Marine

October 11, 2011

By Howard Altman | Tampa Tribune | Tbo.com | October 11, 2011

For Rob Barrow and Richard Hartmann, perhaps the hardest part of trying to build an addition to the home of a severely wounded Marine is finishing a sentence.

"Every time I tell someone the story of Cpl. Mike Nicholson, I get ready to start a sentence asking for help, but I can't finish it," said Barrow, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel. "Can you help with the conc?… Can you help with the dry wa? … I can't finish the sentence because people have been so eager to help, and they just jump in and offer." Read the rest of this entry »

CBS News – Bush still supports troops

October 8, 2011

CBS News | CBS News | Cbsnews.com | October 8, 2011

(AP) DALLAS - George W. Bush says that after eight years in the White House, he's happy to be back home in Texas and out of the spotlight.

But the former commander-in-chief tells The Associated Press there's one aspect of his presidency he still misses: interaction with U.S. troops. And Bush, who sent them to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, says that despite his desire to remain largely out of the public eye, he wants to make sure veterans and military members know they still have his support. Read the rest of this entry »

Poway: Polo club hosts military match

October 8, 2011

North County Times | Nctimes.com | October 8, 2011

Poway Polo photo injured service members

Staff Sgt. Stefan Banks of the Army team sends the ball forward during a polo match against the Marine team Saturday at the Poway Polo Fields in Poway. Photo by MISAEL VIRGEN

The Poway Polo Club is holding its inaugural Inter-service Military Polo Match this weekend at the Poway Polo Fields in Poway. Teams from the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force compete in a round-robin tournament. Admission is free but donations will be taken to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. The tournament, which has been in the planning stages for more than a year, was conceived as a means to provide assistance for wounded service members. Events continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured Marine is behind the wheel of dream truck

October 7, 2011

By Suzanne Laurent | Eagle Tribune | Eagletribune.com | October 7, 2011

LONDONDERRY — Marine Cpl. Charles Donnelly picked up his dream truck yesterday — a F250 Super Duty — and it will be sporting Purple Heart plates.

It was delivered to Donnelly during a presentation at Ride-Away in Londonderry.

Donnelly, 26, was injured May 13 when he stepped on an improvised explosive devise, or IED, while on patrol with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in the amputation of his left leg, below the knee. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Afghan war vet gets a sweet ride on the road to recovery

Marine Charles Donnelly in new truck
October 7, 2011

By April Guilmet | Union Leader | Unionleader.com | October 7, 2011

LONDONDERRY -- Moments after being handed the keys to his new Ford F-250 pickup truck, Marine Cpl. Charles Donnelly could barely conceal his excitement, even skipping a few steps as he hopped into the driver’s seat, his wife of a year and a half, Kerry, by his side.

With his boyish grin and confident swagger, it’s hard to imagine that Donnelly, a resident of Merrimack, is still recovering from a serious injury received while serving in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan last spring. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps League donates $10,000

October 6, 2011

Metrowest Daily News | Metrowestdailynews.com | October 5, 2011

Metrowest Marine Corps League Detachment 1037 in Natick donated $10,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Five members of the detachment traveled to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., recently to present a check that will be used to support this fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Bush Center Announces Field for Inaugural Warrior Open Golf Tournament

October 3, 2011

Highlights 4 military service organizations for their dedication to serving U.S. Armed Forces and their families

PRESS RELEASE

Posted on September, 28, 2011 @ 03:38PM

Contact: Hannah Abney, habney@bushcenter.com, 202-271-3456

DALLAS – The George W. Bush Presidential Center today announced the field of competitors for the 2011 Warrior Open, a two-day golf tournament featuring members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served their country honorably and were severely wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Times: For military charities, demands for assistance soar

October 2, 2011

By Karen Jowers | The Federal Times | Federaltimes.com | October 2, 2011 Read the rest of this entry »

BRETT: Preventing injured military families from falling through the cracks

September 30, 2011

By Brigid Brett | North County Times | NCTimes.com | September 30, 2011

Richard "Sunny" Farrand hates to see anyone who has been injured while serving in the military falling through the cracks. Which is why he spends pretty much all his time checking up on wounded warriors at Naval Medical Center San Diego and helping military families who are trapped in bureaucratic limbo.

A Vietnam War Air Force veteran, Farrand knows what it's like to fall through the cracks. Sixteen years ago he was sleeping on the streets of San Diego, and couldn't have imagined that one day he'd be chairman of San Diego Heroes to Hometowns.

Farrand met Marine Sgt. Charlie Linville, his wife, Mandi, and their two small daughters at the Naval Medical Center. In January, in Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines (3/5), an IED explosion left Linville with two amputated fingers, injured his spine and crushed his foot. He also returned with the invisible wounds of war: mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Because the family was based in Okinawa before coming to San Diego for Linville's treatment, "there were so many complications with communications between San Diego and Okinawa" that they lived in a San Diego hotel for three months, Mandi told me this week.

The hotel served cheese and crackers in the evening and each Thursday they got to have a "really good meal with amazing people who cared" because of Marine Parents (marineparents.com). Without organizations like the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund helping to pay for their lodging and car rental, she doesn't know what they would have done. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines to hike 1,000-mile trail

September 29, 2011

By Smokymountain News | smokymountainnews.com | September 28, 2011

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 active duty Marines, is planning to collectively hike the entire 1,000-mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail in the name of both charity and awareness.

Their 42-day journey begins on Oct. 2 at Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains and ends at Jockey’s Ridge on the outer banks on Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 13. All funds raised in support of the event will go directly to the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »