Every Bead and Stone Tells a Story

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December 8, 2013

San Clemente, CA - Suzi Burke is a 73-year-old mother of two, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of three. Speaking with her, one is immediately struck by a boundless energy and enthusiasm that most people one-half (or even one-third) her age can’t ever hope to match.

This spirit has enabled her and a veritable platoon of Marine wives to raise $96,000 for the Semper Fi Fund over the past five years by creating Read the rest of this entry »

Journal Sentinal – All-terrain wheelchair re-opens outdoors to disabled hunters

Jake Janes uses a duck call while hunting with Chad Hermansonn Tuesday, November 12, 2013 while duck hunting near Evansville, Wis. Jake Janes and Chad Hermanson, who have been friends and hunting buddies for years, are still able to pursue their passion with the development of high-mobility tracked wheelchairs.   MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM
November 22, 2013

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel | Nov. 21, 2013 4:00 a.m. | Link to article

Evansville — In the predawn icy darkness, Jake Janes and Chad Hermanson head to their duck blind near a creek that flows into Lake Leota. Wearing head lamps, they traverse snow-covered ground as Hermanson's Labrador retriever, Cooper, bounds ahead of them, whining with excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox 45 Baltimore – Marine Corps Vet Cycling From ME to CA

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November 16, 2013

Baltimore, MD - A Marine Corps Veteran is cycling across America, going from Maine to California. Today in Howard County, FOX45 had the privilege of getting the meet the double amputee, who hopes to 'pay it forward.'

Rob Jones, a Marine Corps Veteran, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, when the IED he was searching for exploded. Jones lost both of his legs below the knee. Jones told FOX45 he wanted to do an adventure after he finished recovering.

"So I figured riding a bike across the country would be pretty cool," Jones said. Read the rest of this entry »

Baltimore Sun – After cycling stop in Howard County, Marine sets sights on California

November 15, 2013

Columbia native, injured in Afghanistan, wants to raise $1 million for veterans

By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group, 9:23 a.m. EST, November 15, 2013, Link to Article

On a bicycle built just for him, 28-year-old Rob Jones rode into the parking lot of Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville on Thursday to the cheers of the student body and the family and friends who came to see him. Read the rest of this entry »

Tulsa World – Nonprofits aid veterans, families

November 12, 2013

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 4:33 pm, Mon Nov 11, 2013.
By CASEY SMITH World Staff Writer | Comments | Link to Article

Tulsa, OK - When their military family moved back to Oklahoma last year, Sgt. Legrand and Carrie Strickland were determined to find a way to send their teenage sons to private school.

They wanted Noah, 16, and Nathan, 15, to be in a stable, Christian environment. One where class sizes were small enough for students and teachers and parents to really get to know and understand each other. Read the rest of this entry »

Entrepreneur – Go Daddy Founder Bob Parsons: I Owe My Success to the Marines

November 11, 2013

BY Kate Taylor | November 11, 2013 | Link to article

When most people think of Go Daddy, they're more likely to think of its racy Super Bowl ads (which actually won't happen this year) than its commitment to U.S. military veterans.

But that's where they're mistaken. Read the rest of this entry »

GoDaddy and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to Match Up to $1 Million!

2012  $1 million check presentation from GoDaddy and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. Photo courtesy of GoDaddy
November 1, 2013

Web Hosting Company and Charitable Organization to Match Customer Donations Dollar-for-Dollar

The incredible support continues for the Semper Fi Fund and our program America's Fund! As this month marks the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps (November 10th), GoDaddy and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation are giving our injured and critically ill service members and their families a very special gift. From November 1 through December 31, the charitable foundation and Web hosting company will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million to the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

USA Today Sports – Marine wounded in combat is about to compete in the hardest race on Earth

Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
October 29, 2013

First an Ironman, then he hopes to make the U.S. Paralympic team.
By Laken Litman – October 29, 2013 at 9:47am EDT
ARLINGTON, Va. — Jose Ramos is an example of why there should be no excuses in life.

Ramos, a retired Navy Corpsman who was also a member of a Marine Scout Sniper Platoon, had his arm blown off by a rocket in Iraq in 2004. Sunday, he was one of 30,000 people who competed in the Marine Corps Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy Times – Mission: Family – Charities shift with changing needs

October 25, 2013

By Karen Jowers, Staff writer | Oct. 24, 2013 - 08:35PM | Link to Navy Times Article | Filed Under Pay & Benefits

Many military-affiliated charities have been re-evaluating their missions recently. Often, charities can adapt to the changing needs of the community faster than the Defense Department can. That’s good for the military community today, and it will be even more important down the road as DoD resources are constricted, even as the needs of wounded service members and their families continue. Read the rest of this entry »

Observer-Dispatch – ‘Team Eli’ running for Semper Fi Fund

October 17, 2013

By - STAFF REPORT, Observer-Dispatch, Link to article
Posted Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:12 AM
REGION - The third annual Empire State Marathon/Half Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, in Syracuse and members of “Team Eli” of Camden, will be participating as community athletes for the Semper Fi Fund.

Named in memory of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Elisha Parker, a 2002 Camden High School graduate who was killed in action in Iraq on May 4, 2006, Team Eli will run to support our nation’s wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN – All-terrain wheelchair helps disabled get back on track

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October 17, 2013

By Natalie Angley, CNN
updated 3:03 PM EDT, Wed October 16, 2013 | Filed under: Innovations | Link to article

(CNN) -- Cpl. Michael Boucher will never forget June 12, 2011. He was on his second deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan. Another squad had been hit by two improvised explosive devices, and he was helping to clear the landing zone so a helicopter could pick up the casualties.

"An IED was set off, and at first I didn't realize it was me Read the rest of this entry »

WNCT9 – Service dog helps Marine veteran manage PTSD

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October 17, 2013

Posted: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Updated: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Link to article
By Madeleine Wright, Digital Journalist - email

RICHLANDS, N.C. - Military veterans sometimes find it difficult re-adjusting to life at home after a combat tour. But one former Marine with post traumatic stress disorder is not letting his disability get in the way of life.

For 28-year-old Tom Brennan of Richlands, going out in public was sometimes a challenge. A doctor diagnosed him with post traumatic stress disorder, Read the rest of this entry »

GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Donates $1 Million to Semper Fi Fund for Injured Service Members!

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October 10, 2013

Released: October 10, 2013
Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has made a $1 million donation to help provide critical financial support for injured and critically ill service members in their time of need. This marks the second year in a row that The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has pledged its support, to which it has donated a collective $2.8 million. These funds will assist service members in all branches of the military, through Semper Fi Fund and its program America’s Fund.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by award-winning business leader Bob Parsons and his wife Renee Read the rest of this entry »

Phoenix Business Journal – Parsons Foundation donates $1 million to Semper Fi Fund

October 10, 2013
Tim Gallen Reporter - Phoenix Business Journal Email | LinkedIn | Twitter | Google+
Oct 10, 2013, 3:52pm MST
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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation donated $1 million to the Washington-based Semper Fi Fund.

The fund provides financial support for injured and critically ill military service members. This latest gift brings the Parsons Foundation’s total donation to the military support charity to $2.8 million over the past two years.

Bob Parson, founder of Scottsdale-based GoDaddy, is a Marine Corps veteran. The Semper Fi gift marks the second $1 million donation in recent weeks. The Parsons gifted a million bucks to the University of Baltimore to establish the Bob Parsons Veteran Center.

“We are so grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from Bob and Renee Parsons, whose generosity is only matched by the size of their hearts,” said Karen Guenther, CEO of Semper Fi Fund. “Their donation will touch the lives of countless service members and their families, and on their behalf, we thank Bob and Renee from the bottom of our hearts.”

The Parsons Foundation also gifted $75,000 each to Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale and Free Arts of Arizona.

In addition to doling out charitable donations, the GoDaddy founder has been shelling out some hefty amounts for real estate properties around the Phoenix area. Parsons paid $38 million for the Centerpoint development on Mill Avenue in Tempe late last month. Parsons also bought the ultra-exclusive Golf Club of Scottsdale.
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VMI cadets ride 102 miles for charity, fallen soldiers

October 4, 2013

WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va
Posted: Oct 04, 2013 6:06 PM EDT Updated: Oct 04, 2013 6:06 PM EDT
By Tim Ciesco, Reporter - email
Link to article

LEXINGTON, VA - VMI cadets Keith MacDonald, Ryan Long, Schafer Wymond, and Travis Via got one last practice in Friday before they embark on a "modest" 102 mile bike ride.

"It's really mental," said Wymond. "You gotta be ready for it."

They're riding in the Martin's Tour of Richmond Saturday and have put many hours and miles on their bikes to prepare. But they say what they've done is small compared to what our armed forces do daily.

That's why they're riding for them -- raising money for a charity called the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial help to soldiers who return home with physical or mental disabilities, or in dire financial straits.

"We liked Semper Fi because 96 percent of their donations go directly to assisting these veterans," said Long, who organized the team. Read the rest of this entry »