Veteran begins cross-country trek by horseback

Raymond Avery and Matt Litrell shake hands facing the Atlantic ocean before turning west on their cross country trip on horseback to benefit the Semper Fi fund on Thursday morning.
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May 2, 2014

By THOMAS BRENNAN - Thomas.Brennan@JDNews.com
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 16:56 PM. | Link to Article

More than one year ago, Matt Littrell sat at his kitchen table staring intently at his pistol, wondering whether the next day was worth living for.

Now he hopes to show the nation’s veterans that it is.

He said he realized there was a greater good he could accomplish by sending a message to those who may someday contemplate suicide. Over the next eight months, Littrell will ride horseback from Camp Lejeune to Camp Pendleton, Calif., to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and raise awareness that suicide is letting the enemy win the battle from across the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

Service Members Compete In Cowboy Challenge

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May 1, 2014

Escondido, CA - Nine veteran and active duty service members from around the country are city slickers not more as they compete for bragging rights as real-life saddle stars in the 5th annual Semper Fi Cowboy Challenge

Link to Article | Source: KSWB - San Diego, CA Read the rest of this entry »

Service members saddle up for cowboy challenge

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May 1, 2014

San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com | Link to Article
Posted: Apr 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Updated: Apr 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT
By Alicia Summers, Reporter - bio | email

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the fifth year in a row, the injured athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are saddling up for an incredible challenge. Ten veteran and active duty service members, some of them amputees, will learn the skills to become cowboys, then go head-to-head in the ring - and they have just three days to do it. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Athletes Saddle Up For Cowboy Challenge

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April 30, 2014

Injured and Ill Athletes Go Head-to Head in the Annual Horseman Competition

Escondido, CA - For the fifth year in a row, the injured athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are saddling up for an incredible challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Our Heroes golf scramble a big success

April 28, 2014

More than $6000 raised

By Tammy Wilhite | Sports editor | pistol@myspartanews.com | Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 12:05 AM CDT | Link to article

Sparta Country Club played host to the Help Our Heroes Golf Scramble on Saturday, April 19th.

When it comes to the heroes mentioned in the title, one of Sparta’s own was the celebrity guest of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi golf tournament raises more than $170,000

Semper Fi men's golf tournament winners, from left: Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Joe Dettbarn, Bill Adderman, Al Eggleston. COURTESY PHOTO
April 24, 2014

Herald Tribune | Link to Article | Submitted by Gail Choate
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

The Fifth Annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Golf Tournament, hosted April 11, raised more than $170,000 before expenses.

The event featured an 18-hole golf tournament and gourmet dinner with Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marines Forces, Central Command, as guest speaker. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi golf tournament raises more than $170,000

Semper Fi men's golf tournament winners, from left: Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Joe Dettbarn, Bill Adderman, Al Eggleston. COURTESY PHOTO
April 23, 2014

Herald Tribune | Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:04 p.m. | Submitted by Gail Choate | Link to Article

The Fifth Annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Fund Charity Golf Tournament, hosted April 11, raised more than $170,000 before expenses.

The event featured an 18-hole golf tournament and gourmet dinner with Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marines Forces, Central Command, as guest speaker. Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations, Rob Jones!

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April 16, 2014

The numbers are amazing: Over $125,000 raised as the result of traveling more than 5,200 miles by bicycle over nearly 200 days using two prosthetic legs to propel one amazing Marine from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, California—and here’s one more amazing number: Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded hero goes extra mile for fellow Marines

April 14, 2014

Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:37 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
By Marcella Lee, Anchor/Reporter - bio | email

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Biking across the country is hard enough, but doing it without legs, makes it amazing. Monday, a double-amputee Marine veteran was honored for doing just that for a worthy cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veteran honored after cross-country journey

April 14, 2014

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Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 PM EDT

By Lauren Phinney - email

Rob Jones completed his journey on Saturday, and there's one thing for sure, he's a man on a mission to raise $1 million for three different charities that are dedicated to helping wounded vets like himself. On April 12th, Jones finished his remarkable venture: 5,200 miles on a bicycle from Ben Harbor, Maine to Camp Pendleton. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Rides Bike Across Country

April 12, 2014

NBC News 7 | San Diego | April 12, 2014 | Link to Source | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

San Diego, CA - If riding from Maine to California isn't impressive enough, Rob Jones did it without the use of his lower legs. NBC 7's Steven Luke has his story. Read the rest of this entry »

MEDIA ALERT – Injured Veteran and Paralympian Comes to End of Cross-Country Fundraising Journey

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April 9, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Double-amputee completes extraordinary feat with welcome home hosted by Semper Fi Fund

WHAT: Six months ago, Rob Jones embarked upon the journey of a lifetime, trekking over 5000 miles from coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for veteran charities, including the Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Paralympian on Cross-Country Cycling Journey Close to the Finish Line!

Rob Jones is followed by his brother, Steve Miller, in a moving truck they converted into a sleep area on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Murphysboro, Ill. (Steve Matzker / The Southern)
April 3, 2014

Wounded Marine Rob Jones' quest to raise $1 million for charities that supported his recovery

Bar Harbor, ME to San Diego, CA - Rob Jones has never taken the easy route. So it was no surprise that the U.S. Paralympian and combat-wounded retired Marine chose Bar Harbor, Maine, as the starting point for his epic cross-country cycling trek. He began his adventure back on October 14th and is now making his way down the coast to the sandy beaches of Southern California. He's due to complete his journey at Camp Pendleton, CA on April 12th - the perfect place for a Marine veteran to be welcomed by fellow Marines after cycling over 5,000 miles! Read the rest of this entry »

Being there for Boston

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April 2, 2014

Boston, MA - The Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund Program had a heartwarming reunion dinner with our friends in Boston this past week.

The reunion started with the Celtics' owners hosting our Veterans to amazing court side seats for their Wednesday night game against the Toronto Raptors the night before the dinner. It was an amazing experience and, once again, we were welcomed Read the rest of this entry »

In Any Clime and Place – Even Antarctica!

Lt.Col William "Wild Bill" Conner finished the 2014 Antarctica Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund.
March 25, 2014

We hope you’ve been reading about the incredible adventure of Lieutenant Colonel William Conner—the 40-year-old Hawaii-based Marine who raised money for the Semper Fi Fund on March 9 by running a marathon … in Antarctica.

Bill’s fundraising goal was initially $17,750, to honor the USMC being founded in 1775. He raised his goal to $53,250 (17,750 x 3) and as of this writing is just over $46,000. His other goal was to reach 239 individual donors; Read the rest of this entry »