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 »
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 »
By Amy Binkley | Camp Lejeune Globe | CampLejeuneGlobe.com| July 28, 2011
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 »
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 »
By Elisah Sauers | USMC | Marines.mil | April 11, 2011
Six-hour run raises money for troops, families.
While most of Annapolis was still asleep at 7:30 a.m. yesterday, basking in air-conditioned bedrooms, about 60 brave - or possibly depraved - people slipped on sneakers and doused themselves in insect repellent for a run.
Not a little sunriser. An intense six-hour run looping on a 4.2-mile course. The event was perhaps appropriately named when the organizers called it "The Endless Summer Six-Hour Run."
And by the way, the extreme heat was pushing 100 degrees even early in the morning.
Crazy? They prefer the label "committed."
They're called the Annapolis Striders, and they turned out for the Quiet Waters Park race for a good cause. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rick Rogers | North County Times | NCTimes.com | July 15, 2011
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." ---- Author unknown
The music of ukuleles backed by guitars and suffused with horns will soon flow from a corner of Camp Pendleton that silence once commanded.
Might even hear a keyboard and a drum set, if a benefactor or two comes through.
A partnership between the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and Camp Pendleton's Rotary Club is putting the instruments into hands at the Wounded Warrior Battalion at the base.
Sponsored by the nonprofits Resounding Joy Inc. and the Semper Fi Fund, the music therapy program is a first for the battalion that opened in 2007. (Music lessons have been offered on base to the Wounded Warriors, but this focused music therapy program is new.) Read the rest of this entry »
Beltsville, MD — As a triple amputee, Marine Corporal (Cpl) Todd Love was not sure he would be able to drive again but now he is one step closer to overcoming that obstacle. This week Cpl Love and his family were presented with a specially adapted vehicle by the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »
By Efram Ramirez | PCS-Lodging.com | July 20, 2011
Children of injured soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune spent a week together in the mountains of Pennsylvania at an overnight camp run by the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to injured and ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Jacksonville Daily News reports.
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By Deb Peterson | St Louis Today | Stlouistoday.com | July 20, 2011
Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Force Command, has agreed to be on the links at the Seventh Annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Gen. James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing at the Country Club at the Legends on Aug. 28.
The Marine guest of honor at the outing will be Cpl. Todd Nicely, one of three surviving quadruple amputees of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Nicely lost his arms and legs when he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
Staff writer | JDNews | JDNews.com | July 16, 2011
Children of injured Camp Lejeune Marines were set to be welcomed home late Saturday night with a party after spending a week at a special camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
More than 50 children who have been at the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp were to return at 7 p.m., but traffic in Virginia pushed their return later in the night. Parents and family were waiting for them at Marston Pavilion. Read the rest of this entry »
On March 14, Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer was on his third combat deployment when the bomb he was attempting to defuse in the deadly Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province detonated.
The blast sheared off his right leg, his right hand and three fingers of his left hand. Read the rest of this entry »
By FOX News | Foxnews.com | July 9, 2011
A Marine who nearly died in Iraq is giving back to his fellow servicemen and women by biking for the second time 430 miles from Scottsdale, Ariz., to San Diego, Calif., MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.
The annual Bike430 ride, which will be held October 12 this year, raises money for injured Marines and their families through the Injured Marine Fund.
"As long as I can ride my bike I'm going to start helping Marines and any veterans that need help," Angel Gomez said. Read the rest of this entry »
By E. J. Montini | The Arizona Republic | Azcentral.com | July 7, 2011
Charlene Bruce is having trouble finding words to describe how her family's world has changed since receiving a call months ago saying that her son, Robert, a Marine corporal, had been gravely wounded in Afghanistan.
"It was the worst news you can get," she says. "But now it's really good. But when I put it that way, people look at me with this expression that says, 'What?' It's hard to explain in a few words." Read the rest of this entry »
By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel | USMC | Marines.mil | July 7, 2011
Arlington, VA. In seven years, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a civilian operated support fund for Marines, raised and provided $50 million in financial assistance to injured and critically ill service members and their families.
This milestone signifies the growth of the fund and its ability to support injured Marines. The program provides financial relief to qualified service members and their families to cover costs for hospitalizations and recovery. It also helps with recurring needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Linda McIntosh | Sign On San Diego | Signonsandiego.com | July 5, 2011
Camp Pendleton- The Semper Fi Fund recently surpassed the $50 million mark in financial assistance to injured service members. The nonprofit, founded in 2004, provided 31,000 grants to 6,000 military members and their families to help with expenses for hospitalization and long-term rehabilitation from post 9-11 combat injuries. The fund also helps cover the cost of modifying a home or car to make it wheel-chair accessible and buy adaptive equipment and has pitched in for families who lost jobs in order to be at the bedside of a wounded loved one. Read the rest of this entry »