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 »

Veteran begins cross-country trek by horseback

Raymond Avery and Matt Litrell shake hands facing the Atlantic ocean before turning west on their cross country trip on horseback to benefit the Semper Fi fund on Thursday morning.
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May 2, 2014

By THOMAS BRENNAN - Thomas.Brennan@JDNews.com
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 16:56 PM. | Link to Article

More than one year ago, Matt Littrell sat at his kitchen table staring intently at his pistol, wondering whether the next day was worth living for.

Now he hopes to show the nation’s veterans that it is.

He said he realized there was a greater good he could accomplish by sending a message to those who may someday contemplate suicide. Over the next eight months, Littrell will ride horseback from Camp Lejeune to Camp Pendleton, Calif., to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and raise awareness that suicide is letting the enemy win the battle from across the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

Service Members Compete In Cowboy Challenge

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May 1, 2014

Escondido, CA - Nine veteran and active duty service members from around the country are city slickers not more as they compete for bragging rights as real-life saddle stars in the 5th annual Semper Fi Cowboy Challenge

Link to Article | Source: KSWB - San Diego, CA Read the rest of this entry »

Service members saddle up for cowboy challenge

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May 1, 2014

San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com | Link to Article
Posted: Apr 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Updated: Apr 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT
By Alicia Summers, Reporter - bio | email

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the fifth year in a row, the injured athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are saddling up for an incredible challenge. Ten veteran and active duty service members, some of them amputees, will learn the skills to become cowboys, then go head-to-head in the ring - and they have just three days to do it. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Athletes Saddle Up For Cowboy Challenge

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April 30, 2014

Injured and Ill Athletes Go Head-to Head in the Annual Horseman Competition

Escondido, CA - For the fifth year in a row, the injured athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are saddling up for an incredible challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Our Heroes golf scramble a big success

April 28, 2014

More than $6000 raised

By Tammy Wilhite | Sports editor | pistol@myspartanews.com | Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 12:05 AM CDT | Link to article

Sparta Country Club played host to the Help Our Heroes Golf Scramble on Saturday, April 19th.

When it comes to the heroes mentioned in the title, one of Sparta’s own was the celebrity guest of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi golf tournament raises more than $170,000

Semper Fi men's golf tournament winners, from left: Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Joe Dettbarn, Bill Adderman, Al Eggleston. COURTESY PHOTO
April 24, 2014

Herald Tribune | Link to Article | Submitted by Gail Choate
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

The Fifth Annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Golf Tournament, hosted April 11, raised more than $170,000 before expenses.

The event featured an 18-hole golf tournament and gourmet dinner with Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marines Forces, Central Command, as guest speaker. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi golf tournament raises more than $170,000

Semper Fi men's golf tournament winners, from left: Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Joe Dettbarn, Bill Adderman, Al Eggleston. COURTESY PHOTO
April 23, 2014

Herald Tribune | Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m. | Submitted by Gail Choate | Link to Article

The Fifth Annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Golf Tournament, hosted April 11, raised more than $170,000 before expenses.

The event featured an 18-hole golf tournament and gourmet dinner with Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marines Forces, Central Command, as guest speaker. Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations, Rob Jones!

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April 16, 2014

The numbers are amazing: Over $125,000 raised as the result of traveling more than 5,200 miles by bicycle over nearly 200 days using two prosthetic legs to propel one amazing Marine from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, California—and here’s one more amazing number: Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded hero goes extra mile for fellow Marines

April 14, 2014

Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:37 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
By Marcella Lee, Anchor/Reporter - bio | email

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Biking across the country is hard enough, but doing it without legs, makes it amazing. Monday, a double-amputee Marine veteran was honored for doing just that for a worthy cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veteran honored after cross-country journey

April 14, 2014

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Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 PM EDT

By Lauren Phinney - email

Rob Jones completed his journey on Saturday, and there's one thing for sure, he's a man on a mission to raise $1 million for three different charities that are dedicated to helping wounded vets like himself. On April 12th, Jones finished his remarkable venture: 5,200 miles on a bicycle from Ben Harbor, Maine to Camp Pendleton. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Rides Bike Across Country

April 12, 2014

NBC News 7 | San Diego | April 12, 2014 | Link to Source | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

San Diego, CA - If riding from Maine to California isn't impressive enough, Rob Jones did it without the use of his lower legs. NBC 7's Steven Luke has his story. Read the rest of this entry »