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 »

Thousands Honor Fallen Firefighter In Tunnel To Towers Run

September 26, 2011

By New York CBS | Newyork.cbslocal.com | September 25, 2011

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Thousands of runners retraced the steps of hero firefighter Stephen Siller during the annual Tunnel to Towers Run Sunday morning.

Nearly 30,000 people followed in Siller’s footsteps, including New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano and a dozen wounded soldiers. Read the rest of this entry »

MSNBC: Wounded Warrior begins Olympic bid

Brand Pelletier on MSNBC
September 24, 2011

Team Semper Fi member Brandon Pelletier was recently interviewed by MSNBC's Martin Bashir.

Martin Bashir begins with "Now to much needed good news. A Marine is now fighting for something else. A chance to compete in the Olympics in 2012. Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Pelletier had his arm crushed in Iraq four years ago and proving to be an amazing example of strength and determination." Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hike 1,000-miles to support injured comrades

September 23, 2011

The Mountaineer | themountaineer.villagesoup.com | September 23, 2011

JACKSONVILLE — 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.

The 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 »

CBS New York: Team Semper Fi Ready To Honor Firefighter Siller At Tunnel To Towers Run

TSF on CBS sept 22 11
September 23, 2011

By Cindy Hsu | CBS New York | NewYork.cbslocal.com| September 22, 2011

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — On Thursday more than 30 injured Marines arrived in New York City for this weekend’s Tunnel To Towers Run. They’re here to honor the memory of Firefighter Stephen Siller, and to join the thousands who will be re-tracing his steps. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund announces the “Day of Inspiration” contest in conjunction with the major motion picture release of “Dolphin Tale”

September 20, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA – In conjunction with the upcoming release of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” The Semper Fi Fund, Inc. http://www.semperfifund.org would like to announce a special contest to send one lucky U.S. military family (up to 5 people) on an all-expense paid trip to the Clearwater Aquarium, in Clearwater, FL for a “Day of Inspiration” with the dolphin named Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” and several of our injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

2,000 American flags sold to benefit wounded Marines

September 20, 2011

By Grant Bissell | KSDK 5 TV | KSDK.com | September 19, 2011

St. Louis (KSDK) - Hundreds of St. Louisans now own a piece of a very special 9/11 memorial that graced Art Hill in Forest Park. The memorial was one of the most popular displays in St. Louis over the past week.

Nearly 3,000 American flags that paid tribute to the victims of the September 11th terror attacks were removed from the display Monday.

Around 2,000 of the flags were sold. Many of the buyers were looking for the individual flag that represented their friend or family member killed on 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »