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 »

Reasons for running

June 21, 2011

| Air Forces News | 307bw.afrc.af.mil | June 21, 2011

US Naval Sea Cadet Corpsfrom the Lone Star Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas (Courtesy photo by Scott Moeller)

Members of a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Color Guard from the Lone Star Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, present the colors at the “Wounded Warrior Half Marathon 10K and Military Mile Fun Run” in Los Colinas, Texas, June 12, 2011.

According to the Wounded Warrior website, more than 1,500 runners took part in the event to honor our men and women of the military and help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance to Marines and Sailors injured in post 9-11 combat, and ReserveAid, which gives financial support to Reserve Service Members from all branches of the military. The Lone Star Squadron is commanded by LTJG Jayne Bell, NSCC. Read the rest of this entry »

Leatherneck 5k raises $5,000

June 16, 2011
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Photos by Gunnery Sergeant James R. Hardy. Denis Oliverio's dog has the Leatherneck attitude. To his right, No.18 is John Williamson.

DC Military | DCMilitary.com | June 16, 2011

5th Annual Leatherneck 5k Race/ Fun Run/Walk was held on May 21, with a course starting and finishing on Cedar Point Road in front of the golf course.

Entry fees amounted to more than $5,000, and all proceeds will be donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

The fund is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

They direct urgently needed resources to post 9/11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Gary Sinise Launches Foundation – Press Release

June 14, 2011

Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning actor Gary Sinise will launch the Gary Sinise Foundation July 4th, 2011 to honor the Nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The foundation will provide and support unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Documentary captures life of wounded Marines

June 14, 2011

By Gretel C. Kovach | Union Tribune San Diego | Signonsandiego.com | June 14, 2011

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Cpl. Justin McLoud, his wife Amber and son Desmond. — Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune

Amber McLoud was shopping in Walmart when she got the call. A gunnery sergeant wanted to inform her of some “really bad news” about her husband, an infantry Marine deployed to Afghanistan.

McLoud feared the worst — that her husband was going to be sent home in a flag-draped coffin. She abandoned her basket and rushed outside, leaving her wallet and keys behind with the socks she meant to purchase for their newborn son.

Cpl. Justin McLoud, a 23-year-old fire team leader, was not dead, Amber learned when she resumed the call. He had been severely injured by a roadside bomb blast on patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, with Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi helps wounded warriors compete in athletics

June 11, 2011

T.J. Pemberton of Edmond, a Marine veteran, competes in archery during the Endeavor Games at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

By Ed Godrey | News OK | Newsok.com | June 11, 2011

If not for Team Semper Fi, injured Marine veteran Dan Govier says he probably would just be sitting in the basement of his Wisconsin home.

Instead, Govier, who was wounded in Iraq in 2003, competes in archery at Paralympic events across the country, including this weekend's Endeavor Games in Edmond.

“I didn't even know about Paralympic events or even that I qualified for them,” said Govier, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and other wounds in combat. “That's what Team Semper Fi does. They get us up to be active.”

It's desperately needed for some, he said. Read the rest of this entry »