Donor, party help heal Marines’ wounds

July 8, 2011

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 »

Wounded Marine charity reaches $50 million mark

July 7, 2011

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 »

Semper Fi Fund marks 7th anniversary and $50 million in assistance to service members

July 5, 2011

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 »

More than 700 Turn Out for Race for Young West View Marine

July 4, 2011
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Marine Sgt. Joesph Caskey, in whose honor Saturday's race was held, grew up in a military family. Photo by Kristy Snyder.

By Kristy Snyder | North Hills Patch | Northhills.patch.com | July 3, 2011

More than 700 people participated in Saturday's Fearless 5K, a race organized to honor Marine Sgt. Joseph Caskey, 24, of West View, who was killed last June in Afghanistan.

His girlfriend, Megan Clark, organized the race. The couple had known each other since they were children and planned to marry.

“Things went so well,” said Clark, 24. “I’m very happy. We are just so appreciative of everyone who came out, our sponsors, our volunteers. It wouldn’t have happened without any of them.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds run for wounded warriors in Anacostia Park

July 4, 2011
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Nearly $25,000 was raised for the Semper Fi Fund. (Photo by Max Smith/WTOP)

By Max Smith | WTOP | WTOP.com | July 2, 2011

WASHINGTON - The July Fourth weekend is about celebrating our country, and hundreds spent Saturday morning celebrating our troops, raising money for wounded warriors.

More than 600 runners registered for the second annual Semper Fi 5K in Anacostia Park.

Some runners were out to prove they could do it - a few with prosthetic legs, one grandmother who was stuck in a wheelchair 15 years ago, and another who recovered from a more recent stroke. Others just wanted to offer their support. Read the rest of this entry »

On Independence Day, Some Ideas to Help Our Troops

July 4, 2011

By Christine Vega | Technorati | Technorati.com | July 4, 2011

Today is a day of patriotism, honor, respect, celebration and remembrance. While many of you are at the beach, lake, or any other sunny locale, I hope that you take the time to read this and donate to one of these charities.

1. Armed Services YMCA: This organization does everything that they can to ensure that military families are taken care of at all times.

2. Semper Fi Fund: The charity makes sure that injured Marines are taken care of by providing them with immediate financial support. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »