American Hero Jumps Into AirVenture

August 18, 2011

Air Adventure Post | Airadventure.com | August 18, 2011

Marine Sergeant Jonathan Blank, of Augusta, Kansas, received a nice gift at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 when he was provided with a tandem jump with the Liberty Parachute Team to open the air show on Friday, July 29. Last October Blank, 24, lost both of his legs and sustained internal injuries from an improvised explosive device while serving with the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The incident occurred four days before he was scheduled to rotate back to the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

WyoTech’s 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

August 16, 2011

By Bobby Kimbrough | Networked Blog | Networkedblogs.com| August 16, 2011

Marine Staff Sergeant Guillermo Tejada grew up around cars and his dream had always been to own a Camaro. A career Marine, SSgt Tejada had become accustomed to making sacrifices. With a growing family, he would have to put aside his dream and go to work at other passions, being a United States Marine, a father and a loving husband. Things changed dramatically for the 31 year old Marine on November 11, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ Bill Hoover to Co-Host IMSFF Fundraiser

August 16, 2011
AMERICAN SYSTEMS' Bill Hoover

AMERICAN SYSTEMS' Bill Hoover

By Molly Mulrain | GOV Con Executive | govconexecutive.com | August 16, 2011

President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS Bill Hoover has been a leader in the information systems and services market sector for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, his passion and vision for the industry have allowed him to succeed in various executive roles for several companies.

However, while Hoover's impact on the IT market has been substantial, this veteran officer of the U.S. Navy has also been a force in supporting his fellow service men and women. As part of these efforts, he is co-hosting a fundraiser Sept. 8, 2011, with the Tavern at Great Falls in Great Falls, Va. to the benefit of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Hoover recently spoke with GovCon Executive and shared why this particular cause is important to him and what attendees can expect. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Ball tickets on sale now

August 15, 2011

Sonoma News | Sonomanews.com | August 15, 2011

The Wine Country Marines' annual Birthday Ball is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma.

This will be the 26th anniversary of the popular, patriotic event in Sonoma. Gen. Paul X. (P.X.) Kelley, USMC (ret.) - the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps, will be the guest of honor. Kelley served as commandant under President Ronald Reagan. He is currently the oldest living former commandant of the Marine Corps. Read the rest of this entry »

Jerabek Challenge helps injured Marines

Jerabek Challenge photo
August 15, 2011

By Mark Leland | Fox 11 | www.fox11online.com | August 13, 2011

HOBART - Governor Scott Walker proclaimed Saturday in Wisconsin "Private First Class Ryan Jerabek--Semper Fi Fund Day" to mark the 6th annual Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge.

The event is a 4-mile run-walk named after the fallen Marine from Hobart with proceeds going to a fund to help injured Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Gets Hot New Set Of Wheels

August 14, 2011

CBS Los Angeles | losangeles.cbslocal.com | August 14, 2011

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Staff Sergeant Guillermo Tejeda lost both his legs to an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in Afghanistan.

Driving, it would seem, would be more than just a bit of a challenge.

Not for some local students – also veterans – who wanted to find a way to honor a hero.
So, they designed and customized a hot Camaro (make that very hot! red and black!) so Tejada could drive using hand controls.
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Memorial Run Honors First Female Marine Killed in Action During OIF

August 14, 2011

By 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio |Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Whidbey Island | Navy.mil | August 14, 2011


NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS)
-- More than 225 competitors hit the pavement during the 5th Annual Major Megan McClung Memorial Run aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Aug. 13.

The memorial run, consisting of five- and 10-kilometer runs, is held each year in remembrance of McClung, who died Dec. 6, 2006 in Ramadi, Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds Take Part in 6th Annual Jerabek Challenge

August 14, 2011
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PFC Ryan Jerabek. Photo courtesy of WBAY News.

By Molly Hendrickson | ABC 2 WBAY | wbay.com | August 14, 2011

An annual run in Hobart keeps an area Marine's memory alive.

Pfc. Ryan Jerabek died in 2004 while serving in Iraq.

Saturday marked the sixth annual Jerabek Challenge in Hobart.

From the moment you step foot in the small Hobart park, it's clear you're somewhere special. Read the rest of this entry »

Honoring a fallen hero, Jerabek Challenge Aug 13

August 13, 2011

By Dustin Alexander | The Examiner | Examiner.com | August 13, 2011

Ryan Jarabek's mom by the Examiner 8.13.11

Rita Jerabek holds a picture of her son Ryan. Credit: Taylor Weidman of The Christian Science Monitor

Hobart, WI — On Saturday, August 13 runners will be taking on the Jerabek Challenge in honor Marine Private First Class Ryan Jerabek who died in combat in Iraq in 2004. Proceeds from the run will be given to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Ryan Jerabek, an 18-year-old Hobart, Wisconsin native, joined the Marine Corps after graduating from Pulaski High School. He gave his life for the cause of freedom on April 6, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The run will take place on the roads that Ryan ran to prepare himself for service to his country and the Marine Corps. Read the rest of this entry »

Whidbey Island Race Remembers Iraq’s First Fallen Female Marine Officer

August 12, 2011

By Jessica Robinson | KUOW | KUOW.org | August 12, 2011

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A 5K and 10K foot race on Saturday at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island will honor the first female Marine officer killed in combat in the Iraq War. Simultaneously, Marines stationed in Afghanistan will participate in a race honoring their fallen comrade. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rabbi Comes to the Mountain — Chaplain and Son climb Mt Kilimanjaro for SFF!

Capt Elson photo from DVIDS 441323_q75
August 10, 2011

By Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | DVID | Dvidshub.net | August 10, 2011

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA — Some families take a vacation as a yearly tradition to a nice resort by a beach to relax and soak under the sun. Others might choose a cabin to fish and enjoy the outdoors, yet others might just want to take a few days off to get away from the rigors of work. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warriors participate in inaugural Cutting Horse Classic!

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July 31, 2011

Nokesville, VA -- As a part of Semper Fi Fund's new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors, ten select wounded Marines from the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment will be participating in the inaugural Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Horses and cattle and Marines, oh my!

July 29, 2011
Inside Nova Horse cutting classic photo 7.29.11

Photo by Jeff Mankie/News & Messenger. Veteran Sgt. Lee Randles, team coordinator with the Semper Fi Fund, practices his horse cutting in the ring to at at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville. Horse cutting is the sport of corralling cattle to separate one from the herd.

By Julia LeDoux | Inside Nova | Insidenova.com | July 28, 2011

MONTCLAIR, Va. — Cutting horses and working cattle, just what the doctor ordered for 10 wounded Marines from the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment at Quantico Marine Corps base.

The Marines spent this week participating in the Semper Fi Fund's new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors inaugural Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville.

"These guys are good," said D & M Cattle Company owner Don York. "These men and women Marines, they're good. They're very impressive. They weren't afraid of getting dirty, they weren't afraid of getting beat up."

The Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors is a new facet of the Semper Fi Fund's Team Semper Fi and will provide horsemanship clinics across the nation to wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Military children learn to lead at Outdoor Odyssey

July 28, 2011

By Amy Binkley | Camp Lejeune Globe | CampLejeuneGlobe.com| July 28, 2011

GLOBE NC PHOTO SFF KIDS CAMP

Hiding in the shadows of those who have gone before them, lies a generation of leaders waiting patiently for their turn to change the world.

Military children are a special breed, carrying the weight and responsibilities of a unique lifestyle, for which they didn't sign up, with grace and maturity beyond their years.

Children of injured service members, however, have another load added to their pack and little knowledge of how to deal with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Kunkletown man runs for his health and Semper Fi

July 27, 2011
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Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Linda Koehler Times News

By Linda Koehler | Times News | TNOnline.com | July 27, 2011

Angelo Stambolis admits he wasn't getting the exercise he should have.

Then one day, the national construction firm where he works as an electrical estimator presented health insurance incentives to its employees.

"That's when I decided to go from a couch potato to a 5K runner," says the 45-year-old Kunkletown man.

In order to motivate and commit himself to the health pledge he made, he added another commitment to the Semper Fi Fund as a Community Athlete. Read the rest of this entry »