On Wisconsin: Danger and hospitality on the Mississippi River

July 7, 2014

July 06, 2014 8:00 am | By Barry Adams | Wisconsin State Journal | Link to Article

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN – The mosquitoes are thick, the storms relentless and the river high.

This is a dangerous time to be on the rain-swollen Mississippi River, especially for those with little experience on the water.

The current is deadly. Debris is prolific, often out of sight but just below the murky surface. The conditions have limited recreational traffic, but barges and winds persist, teaming at times to create waves that could easily swamp a kayak. Read the rest of this entry »

Young, active war wounded pushing medical science

July 5, 2014

Merced Sun Star | by JULIE WATSON | Associated Press | July 3, 2014 | Link to Article

SAN DIEGO — The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer’s leg and hand.

It’s his smile.

The bomb technician had asked a team member to take the picture. He knew his defiance in the face of death would keep his comrades going and ease the torment caused by what they had witnessed. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine on Horseback Fights for Fellow Veterans

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July 4, 2014

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:26 PM EDT | Updated: Jun 26, 2014 9:32 PM EDT | By Kristin Tallent, Anchor/Reporter - email | Link to Article

TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) - Saddling up for those who have fought for our country.

Marine veteran Matt Littrell, who served two tours in Iraq, is riding his horse coast-to-coast hoping to raise money for wounded and critically-ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

His trip is not just about raising money; it's about letting American heroes know they still matter, once their service is finished. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marines intend to kayak length of Mississippi to raise money for veterans’ charity

Former Marines Gabriel Vasquez, left, of Austin, Texas, and Nic Doucette, of Jefferson, Wis., paddle into Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday, June 30, 2014. Doucette and Vasquez are paddling the Mississippi River from St. Paul to New Orleans to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund that provides financial assistance to families of Marines who were wounded in combat. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Nicki Kohl) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
July 3, 2014

Article by: Associated Press | Updated: July 1, 2014 - 7:50 PM | Link to Article in Minneapolis Star Tribune

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Two former Marines are raising money for a charity by kayaking the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Checker Star makes donation to benefit injured service members

Yellow Checker Star CEO Gene Auffert (right) gives check to Sgt. Thomas “Trey” Humphrey, a marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan three years ago. Humphrey, who accepted the check on behalf of the Semper Fi Fund, is a lifelong friend of Joel Willden, Yellow Checker Star field operations manager and grandson of one of the co-founders of Yellow Checker Star.
July 3, 2014

KTNV ABC Channel 13 | By Dyuce Woodson | CREATED Jun 24, 2014 | Link to Article

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Taxicab company Yellow Checker Star donated $5,000 to the Semper Fi Fund on Tuesday.

The donation contributes to financial assistance and additional services the nonprofit provides for military service men and women, veterans and their families, not just in Nevada but across the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

SURVIVE. RECOVER. LIVE. See Rob Jones’ documentary of his journey!

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July 3, 2014

We all watched in amazement as Rob Jones embarked on his incredible 5,181 mile cross-country bicycle journey to bring support and awareness to our wounded, the Semper Fi Fund and others. Today, Rob released a documentary of his bike ride and it's filled with heart-warming insight to his humble grit and determination, and the challenges he faced while accomplishing his ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Former USMC colonel on track to run 25 marathons this year

Col. Hank Donigan is halfway to his goal of running 25 marathons this year to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. 
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June 26, 2014

U-T San Diego | By Tom Pfingsten | 6 a.m.June 22, 2014 | Link to Article

FALLBROOK — For Hank Donigan, a 58-year-old Marine Corps veteran who retired a colonel in 2007, the magic number is 25.

That’s how many marathons Donigan plans to run by the end of 2014, and it’s no pipe dream, either: As of last Thursday, when we met in a coffee shop downtown, he had completed 12 events that were at least 26.2 miles in length — one was 51 miles, he admits, but he still only counted it once. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine vet treks across the country

June 25, 2014

WTVA | Reported by: Trevor Gray | Published: 6/24 5:47 pm | Link to Article

ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) --A Colorado man, making his way across the country, made a stop in Mississippi on Tuesday.

Matt Littrell, a veteran, is making the trip to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund to help his fellow veterans with physical and emotional wounds. He started at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and is headed to Camp Pendleton in California. Read the rest of this entry »

Golf tournament raises money for wounded warriors

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June 24, 2014

KFMB-TV (CBS 8) | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:02 PM EDT Updated: Jun 23, 2014 11:25 PM EDT | Link to Article

VISTA, CA (CBS 8) – More than 100 golfers teed off in the North County Monday in support of our wounded warriors.

The third annual Semper Fi Open Golf Tournament was held Monday morning at Shadow Ridge Golf Club. The tournament raises money for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps Marines and sailors who have been hurt on the battlefield since 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »

Groups come together to fund smart home for injured Navy SEAL

June 22, 2014

Billings Gazette | June 21, 2014 4:51 pm | By Susan Olp | Link to Article

On a high, grassy hill in Lockwood that boasts a panoramic view of five mountain ranges, Bo Reichenbach will soon rebuild another part of his life.

Reichenbach, a U.S. Navy SEAL who lost his legs to a makeshift bomb in Afghanistan in 2012, joined a crowd of people Saturday afternoon on the hill to celebrate the groundbreaking for his future home. Read the rest of this entry »

Fallbrook’s ‘Hammerin Hank’ runs for Semper Fi Fund; retired Marine’s goal is to run 25 marathons in 2014

June 15, 2014

Fallbrook Bonstall Village News | Issue 24, Volume 18 | Thursday, June 12th, 2014 | Debbie Ramsey, Managing Editor | Link to Article

When 58-year-old ‘Hammerin Hank’ sets his mind to do something, the retired Marine Corps veteran gets it accomplished. Colonel Hank Donigan, a Fallbrook resident since 2003, plans to run a total of 25 marathons this year to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund.

His goal is to raise a total of $25,077 by the end of those races. Donigan breaks it down to $1,000 per race with an extra $77 to signify the year (1977) he graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Read the rest of this entry »

A Decade of Dedication

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May 16, 2014

Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has given more than 71,500 grants to post-9/11 service members and their families for a wide range of assistance, totaling more than $91 million. While the numbers are impressive, they’re just the smallest part of what we’ve accomplished. Read the rest of this entry »

Hugh Hewitt Memorial Day Show 2014

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May 16, 2014

National - This Memorial Day weekend, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, will be hosting a special on the Semper Fi Fund as we celebrate a Decade of Dedication supporting our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members and their families. Hugh will be talking to our service members about their injuries, their recoveries and the assistance they've received from the Semper Fi Fund. Our President/CEO and Founder, Karen Guenther, will also be on the show with several of our staff, Read the rest of this entry »

Jefferson native kayaking Mississippi to aid fellow vets

Paddling Practice Nic Doucette, a 2005 graduate of Jefferson High School, will be paddling 2,552 miles to raise $25,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans recover from catastrophic injuries in a number of ways. He will kayak the entire length of the Mississippi River this summer. He will start at Lake Itasca in Minnesota on May 31, and spend approximately two-and-a-half months paddling south until he reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Pictured above left, Doucette kayaks on the Rock River last week as he trains for his trip.
May 9, 2014

The Daily Union | By Chris Welch, Union staff writer | Link to Article | Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:56 am | Updated: 10:15 am, Wed May 7, 2014.

JEFFERSON, WI — Jefferson native Nic Doucette soon will help his friends and fellow veterans by traveling 2,552 miles ... by kayak.

But first, he needs your help. Read the rest of this entry »

SEMPER FI FUND: “Serving Those Who Preserve Our Freedom”

May 2, 2014

By Amanda Causey | Link to Article

This story begins in the spring of 2003 when the U.S. military mission Operation Iraqi Freedom began. The engagement’s first wave of wounded Marines and sailors landed at Camp Pendleton, a U.S. Marine Corps Base in California. There, Karen Guenther, a registered nurse and spouse of an active-duty Marine, saw firsthand the challenges they faced as they returned from Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »