Leatherneck Magazine: 70 Cyclists Journey 430 Miles To Raise $300,000 For Wounded Vets

August 29, 2011
Angel-Gomez photo by RFSF

Nineteen-year-old Angel Gomez's skull was shattered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his combat troop in Iraq. Doctors had to remove part of the young Marine's brain just to keep him alive. The explosion left him clinging to life, unable to walk or talk. But, it did nothing to his spirit. Today, he's training to ride 430 miles on a retrofitted bike from Phoenix to San Diego with The Ride for Semper Fi, a charity ride that raises awareness and money for military men and women who have suffered life-changing combat injuries like his own. Photo provided by Ride for Semper Fi.

Leatherneck Magazine | Mca-marines.org/leatherneck | August 29, 2011

The Ride for Semper Fi grows into one of the southwest’s premier fundraising events

PHOENIX, Ariz. — 70 Phoenix-area cyclists, including several Marines, are set to pedal 430 miles from Phoenix to San Diego to raise $300,000 for injured Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Ride for Semper Fi kicks off Oct. 12 from Scottsdale, Ariz., and ends three days later at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Ca. The 70 participating riders, including four injured Marines who have benefited from the fund in the past, will devote nearly five months to a rigorous training regime, completing training rides of up to 100 miles a day. The money they raise will go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

“In our first three years, our riders have raised more than $500,000 for the cause,” said John Greenway, founder and chairman of The Ride for Semper Fi. “That money is essential to helping returning Marines and their families pay for medical expenses, physical therapy and other necessary equipment, such as wheelchairs and prostheses—equipment that helps them return to a fulfilling life.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fox 2 News: Military Wives Set Up Special Fund To Help Injured Marines

Gen and Mrs. Conway at the 2011 Gen James T Conway Golf Tournament
August 29, 2011

By Teresa Woodard | Fox 2 News | Fox2now.com| August 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com)

More than $52 million has been donated to injured Marines and their families, thanks to a special fund created by Marine wives. And St. Louis has played a critical role in its success.

There couldn't have been a more glorious day than Sunday at Legends Golf Course in Eureka: blue sky, warm sun, a gentle breeze, and American flags waving. Read the rest of this entry »

Leatherneck Magazine: Horse Riding Program Named To Honor Legacy of Marine

August 28, 2011
Mounted Color Guard Photo by Damien Guttirez in Leatherneck Sept 11

The Marine Corps’ Mounted Color Guard from Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., passes by attendees at the Jinx McCain Warrior Riding Program dedication ceremony June 22 at MCB Camp Pendleton’s Stepp Stables. Photo by Cpl Damien Gutierrez.

By Cpl Damien Gutierrez PAO, MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif. | Leatherneck Magazine | Leatherneckmagazine-digital.com | September, 2011

The legacy and tradition of one Marine who changed the lives of hundreds of wounded veterans was given new life at the place where he did so much good—at the Stepp Stables on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The Jinx McCain Warrior Riding Program, a program under the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and in conjunction with Camp Pendleton’s Stepp Stables, kicked off with the June 22 dedication of the riding program in honor of Colonel Jinx McCain, USMC (Ret), who died May 3, 2003.

In the early 1960s, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, McCain would host trail rides for amputees from Vietnam to help rehabilitate their spirits. McCain was awarded the Purple Heart four times in a career that included combat in World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, in the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. Read the rest of this entry »

Local golfers tee-off for American heroes

August 26, 2011

By Heidi Glaus | KSDK TV | Ksdk.com | August 26, 2011

Eureka, Mo (KSDK) -- This weekend, local golfers will tee-off in honor of American heroes.

The Missouri Friends of Injured Marines General James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing is this Sunday at The Legends. The event raises more money for the Semper Fi Fund than any other such organization in the country.

Each year they honor an enlisted man who has been the recipient of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and this year Corporal Todd Nicely will be honored. Read the rest of this entry »

Golf Event Honors Soldiers and Families

August 26, 2011

By Julie Brown Patton | Eureka Wildwood Patch | Eureka-wildwood.patch.com | August 26, 2011

Golfers will play in honor of American heroes on Sunday in Eureka, per a report Friday morning from KSDK-TV.

The Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Gen. James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing will be played at The Legends course. The event raises more money for the Semper Fi Fund than any other such organization in the country, stated KSDK. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy.mil: Green Bay Sailors and Marines Complete the Jerabek Memorial Challenge Run at Sea

August 26, 2011
Navy.mil photo of sailors running on the deck of the USS GreenBay

Sailors and Marines run across the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during the Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge 4-mile run. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Ryan Bareng)

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Larry S. Carlson | USS Green Bay (LPD 20) Public Affairs | Navy.mil | August 26, 2011

INDIAN OCEAN (Aug. 20, 2011) - Sailors and Marines run across the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during the Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge 4-mile run. The Jerabek Challenge is held every year in Hobart, Wis., the hometown of Ryan Jerabek, and also on board Green Bay to honor his memory. Green Bay is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

The Pfc. Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge is an annual run hosted in Hobart, Wis.,the hometown of Jerabek who was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on April 6, 2004.

As part of Green Bay's ties to the state of Wisconsin, Jerabek is one of several fallen heroes from the state memorialized in the ship's main passageway, referred to by the crew as the "Hall of Heroes." Read the rest of this entry »

Ride for Semper Fi: Prescott man will bicycle 430 miles to benefit injured servicemembers

August 26, 2011

By Lisa Irish | DC Courier | DCCourier.com | August 25, 2011

Daily Courier photo of RFSF Chris Hummel

Dr. Chris Hummel, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center, will be participating in Ride for Semper Fi in October to raise money for injured Marines. The ride begins in Scottsdale and ends in San Diego four days later. Photo by Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Dr. Chris Hummel's work with veterans and his father's involvement with The Ride for Semper Fi compelled him to sign up for the 430-mile ride Oct. 12-15 to benefit wounded service members.

Hummel, a clinical psychologist, helps residents of the domiciliary at the Bob Stump Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott, and in the past worked with children whose parents were deployed.

"It's giving back to the people I serve," Hummel said. "There has to be a lot of different avenues to address all the things going on for veterans coming back."

Hummel's father, Larry, has helped with the fundraising ride from Scottsdale to San Diego since it began in 2008. "He drives the RV and carries water and food," said Hummel, adding that his mother, Shirley, prepares food and his nephews, Wesley, 8, and Nicholas, 4, hand out water and snacks at each stop. Read the rest of this entry »

Oorah! City Honors Marine Corps Athlete

August 25, 2011
Capt Rob Hillery photo Carlsbad Patch 8.24.11

Capt. Robert Hillary poses with his proclamation. Photo by Oren Goodman

By Oren Goodman | Carlsbad Patch | Carlsbad.Patch.com | August 24, 2011

Capt. Robert Hillery is both the U.S. Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2009 and a humanitarian. At Tuesday night's council meeting, he was honored for both with a city proclamation.

As Mayor Matt Hall introduced Hillery, the traditional Marine Corps yell of "Oorah!" was shouted from Hillery's friends and family. The mayor, an Army veteran, wanted a better cheer.

"Want to do that once more, in sync?" Hall asked with a grin. Hall joined them in the cheer, and then gave background information about Hillery, saying the captain had moved to Carlsbad in 2004 to serve at Camp Pendleton and has been a Marine for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded corpsman transferred to Florida trauma unit

August 23, 2011
Cherokee Scout Photo of Andrew Long 8.23.11

Andrew Long, a U.S. Navy corpsman who was wounded in Afghanistan, uses a special door to get into the driver’s seat of his extended cab Chevrolet 2500-series truck that the Veterans Administration paid to modify extensively to meet his needs. Photo by Scott Wallace/Cherokee Scout

By Scott Stambaugh | Cherokee Scout | Cherokee Scout | August 23, 2011

Andrew Long, a U.S. Navy corpsman shot in Afghanistan in October, has transferred to the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Florida, a Veterans Administration facility that provides intensive rehabilitative care to veterans.

The transfer comes after nearly a year of recuperation at various VA facilities, as well as at home in Murphy. It required much lobbying by Long for the transfer to be affected.

Long, who is still technically on active duty, said the Navy was unreceptive to his lobbying and the transfer would not have happened without the intervention of the U.S. Marine Corps and affiliate organizations. Long was attached to a Marine Corps unit at the time of his injury.

“[The Navy] didn’t want to pay for the move, they didn’t want to pay me to go down there. They pretty much just sent me home and forgot about me, and said, ‘Take care of your own [problems].’ They left it up to me to find my rehab places, to find my tri-care and work all my insurance out. So the Navy has done nothing,” Long said. Read the rest of this entry »

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


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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