Semper Fi Fund Helps Injured Troops Get Back on Track

July 3, 2011

By Joseph Espiritu | Camp Pendleton Patch | Camp.Pendleton.patch.com | July 3, 2011

What began as a “welcome home” project for nurse Karen Guenther and other Marine spouses seven years ago has blossomed into the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which helps critically ill and injured soldiers and their families.

“The $50 million represents assistance that we’ve given out to more than 6,000 service members and their families,” said Director of Community Outreach Kirt Rebello, noting that it was a financial milestone no one expected to reach this early. “It represents everything from specially adapted housing, specialized vehicles, family assistance and programs we work with.” Read the rest of this entry »

Valley Marine home in time for July 4th

July 2, 2011

By Catherine Holland & Steve Bodinet | 3TV | AZFamily.com | July 4, 2011

MESA, Ariz. -- One Valley family is celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in the best possible way. They're welcoming home their Marine.

Cpl. Robert Bruce of Mesa was wounded in Afghanistan during a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A roadside bomb cost him both of his legs below the knees. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Marines wounded in Afghanistan reunite

July 2, 2011

By Brian Webb | ABC 15 | ABC15.com | July 2, 2011

MESA, AZ - Two Marines injured at the same time in Afghanistan met up in the Valley Saturday for the first time since that fateful day.

“I remember every part of it,” said Corporal Robert Bruce. He was given a hero’s welcome today in Mesa where he grew up. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebs help raise money for wounded warriors

July 2, 2011

By Joshua Sudock | The Orange County Register | Orangecounty.com | July 2, 2011

Ted Nugent and Davey Lind at Fundraiser in OC

Ted Nugent, left, shares some words with Master Sergeant Davey Lind Photo by Joshua Sudock, The Orange County Register

ANAHEIM - Marines, celebrities, philanthropists and other dignitaries including famed sports agent Leigh Steinberg and rocker Ted Nugent attended a fundraiser on Thursday at The Grove in Anaheim. Proceeds benefit The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that helps military families deal with the immediate aftermath of a wounded warrior's injuries.

An otherwise festive evening turned serious when Marines Master Sgt. Davey Lind, took center stage to emphasize the real-world value of the charity. Lind lost both his legs below the knee after an improvised explosive device detonated under his vehicle while he served in Iraq in 2007.

He and his family received assistance from the group shortly after arriving at Bethesda National Naval Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Marine (and parents) still stand tall

July 1, 2011

By E. J. Montini | Arizona republic | Azcentral.com | July 1, 2011

Charlene Bruce had a dream earlier this year in which her mother promised from heaven to watch over Charlene's son, Robert.

He is a Marine who at the time was serving in Afghanistan.

"That is exactly where he wanted to be," Charlene told me. Read the rest of this entry »

Races honor North residents

June 30, 2011

By Olivia Garber | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Post-gazette.com | June 30, 2011

Independence Day weekend will mark a tradition of a different kind as two races in the North Hills commemorate the lives of two residents. Read the rest of this entry »

Bialla Vineyards does its part to support the troops

June 30, 2011

By Nancy Hawks Miller | Napa Valley Register | Napavalleyregister.com | June 30, 2011

When Vito Bialla is asked why he spends so much time and effort fundraising for the Wounded Warrior project, the Navy SEALs Foundation and the Semper Fi Fund for Marine veterans, his response is matter-of-fact: “There are 25 million vets in the U.S. and 18 suicides a day.”

Bialla, owner of Bialla Vineyards, on Atlas Peak, describes his friend, Spanky Gibson, a decorated Marine who lost his leg during his first tour of duty and yet went back, eventually completing three tours of duty in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Stars and Stripes: Marine wife’s charity passes $50 million mark

Karen Guenther - Founder of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
June 29, 2011

By Bill Murphy Jr. | Stars and Stripes | Stripes.com | June 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Iraq War, Karen Guenther, a nurse and Marine wife, was deeply moved by the sacrifices of the first wounded Marines and sailors who came home from the war. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse riding program named after Marine Corps legend

June 28, 2011

By Cpl. Damien Gutierrez | USMC | Marines.mil | June 28, 2011

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The legacy and tradition of one Camp Pendleton Marine who changed the lives of hundreds of wounded veterans was given new life at the place where it all began. Read the rest of this entry »

Run raises money for wounded marines

June 26, 2011

The Herald | Heraldonline.com | June 26, 2011

Miles for Marines held its "Crucible 15K" and its "Double-Time 5K" Saturday at Westminster Park in Rock Hill to honor those who have served in the Corps.

This year's run was dedicated to Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, still recovering from a November hand grenade blast in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

Miles for Marines event Saturday in Rock Hill

June 23, 2011

By Sheila Caldwell | WRHI | WRHI.com | June 23, 2011

Miles For Marines 2011 is scheduled to have their 3rd annual trail race on Saturday, June 25 at Westminster Park with a race start time of 8am. Spectators and runners alike will enjoy the shear beauty of Westminster Park and Camp Canaan and the 100’s of acres that the trails weave through. Distance of races are 15k (Crucible), 5k (Double Time), and a 1M fun run (Run For A Marine). Read the rest of this entry »

Cardinals Honor Injured Marines

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June 23, 2011

By Andy Banker | KY3 TV | ky3.com | June 22, 2011

Maryland Heights, Mo. - It was all downhill for the Cardinals after Wednesday's first pitch against the Phillies at Busch Stadium, but wow, what a first pitch.

It was a night to remember at the ballpark as St. Louis celebrated Marine week. It was one of those nights where what happened during the game really didn't matter much. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Marines to Gather on Field Before Tonight’s First Pitch

June 22, 2011

By John H. Tucker | River Front Times | Riverfronttimes.com | June 22, 2011

Last night's Cards game was a lesson in humility. Perhaps the bullpen can take notes on how to make a comeback during tonight's pregame ceremony, which honors a few local Marines who've battled back from war injuries that led to amputation and paralysis. The ceremony is part of the Marine Week festivities in the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy Lt. Runs 100 Mile Endurance Race to Honor Fallen Service Members

June 21, 2011

By Lee H. Saunders | Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs | Navy.mil | June 20, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) -- A Navy Lt. competed in the ultra-marathon San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run to honor fallen service members, June 12.

"I completed the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run after 31 hours and 32 minutes of continuous forward motion in the Laguna Mountain Recreational Area, and on the Pacific Crest, Noble Canyon, and Cuyamaca Trails 10 miles south of Julian, Calif.," said Lt. Paulstephen Chierico, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Works Department (PWD). Read the rest of this entry »

Marine: God only reason we lived

June 21, 2011
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Darla Woodard, from left, Mike Woodard, U.S. Marine Cpl. Colte James and Jared James take time for a photograph on Friday at their home in Petal. Photo by Matt Bush | Hattiesburg American

By La Tonya Frelix | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com | June 21, 2011

The first couple days of June started out promising for Marine Cpl. Colte James. June 1 meant only two more months left of deployment for James, a Petal native, and the other members of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. James, who was on his second tour in Afghanistan, was promoted June 2 to corporal. And on June 3, he celebrated his 22nd birthday - complete with a package of goodies sent from his mom.

But everything changed on June 4.

James and four other Marines were in a military vehicle when it drove over an improvised explosive device. James suffered a fractured vertebrae, cranial bleed and several bruises, but he said he and the others are expected to make full recoveries. Read the rest of this entry »