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

Using brawn to raise bucks | Navy Times | navytimes.com
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 »

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

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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

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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 »