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 »

Institute Donates $25,000 to Semper Fi Fund

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July 18, 2013

The Potomac Institute donated $25,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, representing proceeds from sales of "Al Gray, Marine: The Early Years." Gen. Al Gray and author Scott Laidig were on hand to present the check with Mike Swetnam, CEO. Receiving the check were Karen Guenther, President, CEO and Founder of the Semper Fi Fund; and Bob Bowlin, Semper Fi Fund treasurer. Read the rest of this entry »

CBS: Marine wife raises $101M to support troops

Karen and Glen Guenther
July 4, 2013

Karen Guenther, named the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Marine Military Spouse of the Year, and her husband, Col. Glenn Guenther, speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about founding the Semper Fi Fund, which has provided millions to troops and families in need. Watch the video of the interview: Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Chai: Marine spouse promotes healing power of tea

May 19, 2013

By Hope Hodge | Military Times | militarytimes.com | May 19, 2013

A Marine spouse believes she has found a remedy for deployment separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress and even battlefield wounds — and it’s all in a cup of hot tea.

For Rachel Crawford, wife of a Marine major stationed aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., her discovery of the healing powers of tea began after the loss of her prematurely born twin girls. Finding that a mug of tea was the only thing that brought her any comfort in her grief, she was inspired, as time passed, to learn more about the potency of tea and its uses. Her digging led her to adaptogens, compounds within medicinal herbs that some believe enhance performance and promote wellness, stability and healing. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego Union Tribune: Marines win Warrior Games

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Lori Yrigoyen at Warrior Games
May 17, 2013

By Gretel C. Kovach | San Diego Union Tribune | utsandiego.com | May 17, 2013

The Marines fought off a near upset from the Army this week in the 2013 Warrior Games, claiming a fourth Chairman’s Cup and another year of bragging rights as undefeated champion of the athletic competition for troops injured by combat, illness or accidents.

At closing ceremonies Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 50-member team of active duty and veteran Marines belted their hymn for the crowd, singing “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…” Some of the athletes sat in wheelchairs or stood on prosthetic legs. Some couldn’t see the cup they passed around, but they kissed and hugged it and each other. Read the rest of this entry »

Run for the Fund coming May 11

May 3, 2013

By John V. Ciani | The Daily Independent | ridgecrestca.com | May 3, 2013

The fifth annual Run for the Fund will take place May 11 at 8 a.m. at Leroy Jackson Park, with a new twist thanks to cooperation with China Lake.

The fifth annual Run for the Fund will take place May 11 at 8 a.m. at Leroy Jackson Park, with a new twist thanks to cooperation with China Lake.

This year, the Run for the Fun will feature the traditional 5 and 10K runs, but will also include a half marathon.

The event will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Take their pain away’: Ganem helps lift spirits of Boston victims

May 1, 2013

By Kim Lamoreaux | Reedsburg Times-Press | wiscnews.com | May 1, 2013

Even after his foot was amputated from an injury in the Iraq War, Reedsburg veteran BJ Ganem never stopped answering the call of duty.

Last week, Ganem, along with six other wounded comrades from around the United States, answered a different kind of call.

This time it was to Boston to help victims of the bombing attack on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that claimed three lives and wounded nearly 300 people, many of them critically from limbs blown off in the bombing. Read the rest of this entry »

BPR: Talking to Primary Winners Gabriel Gomez And Rep. Ed Markey, Lessons Learned From Allston Fire

May 1, 2013

By BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO STAFF | wgbhnews.org | May 1, 2013

Click Here to visit the web page and listen to the radio show!

Highlights:

– Michael Goldman, president of Goldman and Associates, and former Massachusetts GOP Chair Jennifer Nassour weighed in on Tuesday's primary results.

– Iraq War veteran Bobby Donnelly talked about comforting victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Donnelly lost a leg in a military parachuting accident. He now works for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

War amputees to Boston’s injured: ‘Life’s not over’

April 28, 2013

By Oren Dorell | USA Today | usatoday.com | April 28, 2013

Veterans who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan traveled to Boston to provide information and moral support to those seriously injured in the bombings.

BOSTON – Cameron West used two hands to lift his right leg into the SUV that would take him from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to Boston's Logan Airport.

The move was the only visible sign, apart from West's prosthetic limb and a barely noticeable limp, that he doesn't have a right leg anymore. West, 27, stands, walks and works pretty much like a full-bodied person. And during his visit to Spaulding that's what he wanted to show amputees who were injured in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. Read the rest of this entry »

The BMC Brief: Amputee Marines Provide Comfort, Relief to Marathon Bombings Patients

SFF visits hospital in Boston
April 27, 2013

Hope. Inspiration. Support. That's what Marines who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan provided to amputee victims of the Boston Marathon bombings when they visited BMC April 21. The Marines, members of Semper Fi Fund, a veteran non-profit organization that supports critically injured soldiers, met with five patients who lost limbs.

Semper Fi Fund thanks ED staff for their heroic efforts caring for patients.
“As soon as we heard about the bombings, the Marines were texting me that we had to come to Boston and visit with the amputee victims,” says Karen Guenther, President and Founder, Semper Fi Fund. “They knew they could help.” Read the rest of this entry »

Boston Globe: Marines’ Visit Brings Hope And Laughter

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April 27, 2013

By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | bostonglobe.com | April 23, 2013

Looking up from her hospital bed through tears, she is at first morose and mournful, six days after losing both of her legs below the knee.

"I can't do anything right now," Celeste Corcoran says, voice sodden.

That is why the two Marines are here: Between them, they lost three legs and part of a hand in Afghanistan in separate bomb blasts in 2010, their agony then just as unimaginable, their futures just as uncertain.

But the Marines brim with vitality now -- smiling, laughing, living examples of overcoming pain and loss like this, standing before Corcoran atop artificial legs purposefully exposed beneath shorts. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN: Marine amputee has walked in marathon victims’ shoes

April 26, 2013

Gabe Martinez is a member of Team Semper Fi, and he recently traveled with the Semper Fi Fund to visit the patients who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

By Gregory Wallace, Jake Tapper | CNN | thelead.blogs.cnn.com | April 26, 2013

When the ground exploded under Gabe Martinez’s feet in Afghanistan three years ago, the Marine corporal’s next step set him on a journey to help others who also lost limbs.

That’s how he ended up in the Boston-area hospital room of Celeste and Sydney Corcoran on Sunday, sharing his experience as a double amputee with a mother and daughter who were seriously injured in the marathon bombing last week. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN: Tragedy in Boston – How to help

April 23, 2013

By Rebecca Angel Baer and Katie Walmsley | CNN | cnn.com | April 23, 2013

CNN – Patriots Day is the third Monday in April marking the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also the date for the Boston Marathon every year. It is meant to be a joyful celebration for the city, but yesterday that all changed.

Tragedy struck and lives were changed forever after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon. Instead of celebrating the city, a nation now mourns the loss of three and the injuries of more than 100. But true to the American spirit, there are people and organizations on the ground helping the victims, and you can join their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Veteran amputees visit bombing victims at Boston hospitals

April 23, 2013

By Healio | healio.com | April 23, 2013

A group of amputee veterans visited the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured more than 175 people, according to the Boston Medical Center Facebook page.

“We are happy to report that all of our amputation patients are nearly completed,” Jeffrey Kalish, MD, director of endovascular surgery at Boston Medical Center, stated during a press conference on April 22. “These patients are starting the process of both physical and mental rehabilitation, which is really going to be the next step in their care.” Read the rest of this entry »