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

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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 »

More than 30 injured service members will attend special screening of “Dolphin Tale” in New York City to benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

September 20, 2011

New York, NY – In conjunction with the upcoming release of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” the makers of the film are hosting a special screening for the Semper Fi Fund (www.semperfifund.org) Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the AMC Loews Theatres,19th Street East 6, New York City, NY.

Approximately 200 supporters of the Semper Fi fund will be in attendance, to include more than 30 injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund's "Team Semper Fi" who will be in town for this weekend's “Tunnel to Towers” race in Brooklyn.

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9/11 Memorial Flags on Art Hill Coming Down Monday

September 19, 2011

By George Sells | KTVI | fox2now.com | September 19, 2011

Flags can be purchased on site for a $40 donation

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI - FOX2now.com)--It has been one of the most talked about artistic displays to come to St. Louis in some time. The 9/11 flag tribute on Forest Park's Art Hill has been the talk of the town since the nearly three thousand flags were placed there early in September. Monday, it was taken down, but its impact is sure to be long lasting. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund helps veterans

September 19, 2011
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Marine Cpl. Kevin Chambers is home after a tour in Afghanistan. For now, he is stationed at the Home Base program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Courtesy photo.

By Bruce Coulter | Wicked Local| Wickedlocal.com | September 16, 2011

Maynard — Kevin Chambers has been in the Marine Corps for five years. At his choosing, he was sworn in on Sept. 11, 2006 and left for boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

As could be expected, Chambers was deployed to Afghanistan, in Helmand Province, from August 2008 to April 2009.

Kevin, who has been home since June 1, said he was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of repeated exposure to IED (improvised explosive devices) blasts while in Afghanistan with Alpha Co., Second Combat Engineer Battalion. He was part of the unit’s road clearance platoon.

“We were constantly out on the road looking for IEDs. We’d clear the road ahead of everybody else,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Car show at Rose Bowl to benefit Marine fund

September 16, 2011

By Pasadena Star News | PasadenaStarNews.com| September 16, 2011

PASADENA - The first-ever U.S. Marines Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in Parking Lot K at the Rose Bowl, to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

USS Green Bay Marines, Sailors run in honor of Green Bay native

September 16, 2011

USMC 13th MEU | 13thmeu.blogspot.com | September 15, 2011

13th MEU Jerabek Challenge deck photo

(Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin)(Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2011) Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Sailors with the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), run in the early morning hours during the 2011 Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge aboard ship, Aug. 20. Marines and sailors ran 40 laps around the ship’s flight deck or approximately four miles in honor of Jerabek, a Green Bay native who died April 6, 2004 during combat action in Ramadi Iraq. A run was held in Hobart Wisc., a week earlier in his honor. Governor Scott Walker proclaimed Aug. 13, 2011 to be Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Semper Fi Fund Day with proceeds from the run in the United States to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Libertyville Boys Cross Country Team Donates $1,600 to Nonprofit

September 13, 2011
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Libertyville Patch | Libertyville.patch.com | September 13, 2011

The Libertyville High School Boys Cross Country Team raised $1,600 for the Semper Fi Fund by selling cookie dough with the help of NFP Sports fundraising. Top fundraisers were Alex Zoellick and Tyler Chen.

Following a seven-year team tradition, the team members elected to give half their proceeds to charity, and this year they selected the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

3,000 Flags On Art Hill Will Honor 9/11 Victims

September 11, 2011

By Fox 2 Now | Fox2now.com| September 11, 2011

 
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