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
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Oct 10, 2013, 3:52pm MST
Bob Parsons

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
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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 »

Cycling fundraiser benefits veterans

October 3, 2013

The Foothills Focus

Staff Report~ 10/3/2013
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A team of cyclists that includes several Marines, including those injured in combat, and families of fallen soldiers will pedal 430 miles in 4 days through Arizona’s mountain ranges to support military service people and their families.
“The Ride 430 Challenge” begins Oct. 9, leaving from DNA Cycles in Scottsdale. It ends Oct. 12 at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum in Mesa.

In 2012, “The Ride 430 Challenge” raised $520,000.

For the event’s sixth year, the cycling team will travel through Arizona towns, including Cave Creek, Wickenburg, Prescott, Payson and Mesa. New this year will be “fan zones” located just outside select towns along the Yarnell Mountain climb during day two of the ride. Family, friends and local residents can line up in these fan zones to support and cheer on the team as they cycle through. Read the rest of this entry »

Using brawn to raise bucks

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September 16, 2013

Using brawn to raise bucks | Navy Times | navytimes.comBy Patricia Kime | Navy Times - Washington, DC | navytimes.com | Published: September 14, 2013 - 3:46PM | Link to article |
Marine Lt. Col. Bill Conner was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2008 when he got an email telling him he had won a spot in the prestigious Hawaii Ironman triathlon, a berth he had sought for 13 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund is highlighted in Stars and Stripes!

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September 6, 2013

2013-09_stars_and_stripes_karen_guenther's_semper_fi_fund_-_spouse_calls_-_stripesBy Terri Barnes | Stars and Stripes - Washington, DC | stripes.com | Published: September 5, 2013

At a luncheon to honor outstanding military spouses from all service branches, Marine wife Karen Guenther was introduced by Bonnie Amos, the first lady of the Marine Corps.

Guenther’s family was at a nearby table. Her husband sat tall and straight in his uniform as the wife of the Marine Corps Commandant described the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit Guenther started in 2003 to meet the needs of those returning injured from war. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi Represented in Para Cycling World Champions

August 22, 2013

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Please join us in congratulating the following Team Semper Fi Athletes who are in Baie-Comeau Canada preparing to compete in the Para Cycling World Championships

*SSgt Jeffrey Scott Martin (TBI/PTSD)
*LCDR Steven Peace (Stroke/right side paralysis) and TSF Mentor
*Lcpl Jon Copsey (TSF Mentor)
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Star News Online: Semper Fi Fund helps wounded Marines get back to life

July 27, 2013

By Thomas Brennan | Jacksonville Daily News | starnewsonline.com | July 27, 2013

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Vickki and Raymond Mackey gather in front of their Beulaville home. Mackey, a double amputee, landed his all-terrain mobility with aid from the non-profit, Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Thomas Brennan/Jacksonville Daily News

As the dust from the blast began to settle, Raymond Mackey knew his life had changed forever.

Vickki and Raymond Mackey gather in front of their Beulaville home. Mackey, a double amputee, landed his all-terrain mobility with aid from the non-profit, Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Thomas Brennan/Jacksonville Daily News

"We were doing a company-sized patrol near Marjah, Afghanistan – a sweep for improvised explosive devices," said the 50-year-old retired Marine sergeant. "I was with the rear element with a couple Marines when a Marine fell into a ditch. I reached down to help him up right as the explosive was detonated."

It was Dec. 23, 2009, and the explosive left Mackey with both legs amputated above the knee and wounds to his right arm and abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »

Star News Online: Semper Fi Fund celebrating a decade of charity

July 27, 2013

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Sometimes, a name says it all.

May marked a decade that the Semper Fi Fund has remained always faithful to wounded, ill and injured Marines and sailors across the country.

The organization's team of several hundred volunteers across the United States provides services to military families, service members and veterans, aiding treatment for conditions that include post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, among other conditions.

For a decade in North Carolina alone, more than 17,000 grants worth more than $22 million have been issued to active duty service members and veterans.
Nationally, more than 59,000 grants exceeding $78 million have been distributed to at least 10,000 service members.

"Hitting 10 years is absolutely a celebration," said Laura Castellvi, 49, of Camp Lejeune. "It has been a true privilege to be with an organization that has accomplished so much in just 10 years. We're not going to stop at 10, though. We have so many service members out there that still need us."

Many of the men and women granted aid from the Semper Fi Fund will need assistance during and after their service, Castellvi said. Read the rest of this entry »

Exclusive Semper Fi Fund Interview with Rock Legend Ted Nugent

July 26, 2013

Legendary musician Ted Nugent made it big in the 1960’s and 70s with classic hits like Cat Scratch Fever and Stranglehold, and went on to become one of the biggest names in rock and roll. But you may not know that he’s also an activist and advocate for the men and women who serve. Last Tuesday, Ted took the stage in support of our troops and other safety personnel, performing at SafetyHeroes.org’s 5th annual fundraiser and raising $14,000 for Semper Fi Fund. We had a chance to interview the rock star and get some exclusive insight into his take on music, the military, and what it means to be American. Read the rest of this entry »

The Daily News: From Amputation to Independence

Raymond Mackey and the Semper Fi Fund
July 21, 2013

By Thomas Brennan | The Daily News - Jacksonville, NC | jdnews.com | July 21, 2013

As the dust from the blast began to settle, Raymond Mackey knew his life had changed forever.

“We were doing a company-sized patrol near Marjah, Afghanistan – a sweep for improvised explosive devices,” said retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Raymond Mackey, 50, of Beulaville. “I was with the rear element with a couple Marines when a Marine fell into a ditch. I reached down to help him up right as the explosive was detonated.”

It was Dec. 23, 2009 and Mackey, the battalion sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, was only a few weeks into his tour in Afghanistan. The explosive left him with both legs amputated above the knee, and severely wounded his right arm and injured his abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »