Veterans’ Needs, Charitable Dangers

January 5, 2013

By Richard C. Morais | Barron's | barrons.com | Jan 5, 2012

Military personnel are committing suicide at a rate greater than they are dying in battle. In 2011, there were 283 confirmed Army, Reserve, and National Guard suicides, according to the Defense Department. Last year, it appears, the tolling bells rang an even sadder result. In the first 11 months of 2012, there were 303 "potential" suicides among the same group, with 210 so far confirmed by investigators. In contrast, the Stars and Stripes military newspaper reports that, as of Dec. 7, 212 soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Boeing Workers Donate $420,000 to Vets

January 4, 2013

The grants, through an employees fund, were given to nine groups that help military veterans transition into civilian life.

By OC Patch Staff | Los Alamitos – Seal Beach Patch | losalamitos.patch.com | Jan 4, 2013

Boeing's California employees recently gave more than $400,000 to groups that aid military veterans, according to the aerospace and defense company. Read the rest of this entry »

Antlered runners hit the beach for 21st Red Nose Run

December 18, 2012

By Bianca Kaplanek | The Coast News | thecoastnews.com | December 18, 2012

DEL MAR – Clouds and rain couldn't dampen the holiday spirits of the more than 200 runners and dogs who took part in the 21st annual Red Nose Run, a 3K and 5K run/walk hosted by The Low & Slow Running Club to benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

The Del Mar Times: Tee it Up for Troops donations

December 14, 2012

By The Del Mar Times | delmartimes.net | December 14, 2012

Tee it Up for Troops made a significant donation to the Semper Fi Fund for the benefit of the Navy Medical Surf Clinic that occurs every Thursday morning at Del Mar Beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Daddy Goes "Gangnam Style" to Celebrate Spectacular 2012 Success

December 8, 2012

By BUSINESS WIRE | CNBC | cnbc.com | December 8, 2012

Legendary Party Featured $2MM Donation to Semper Fi Fund & $1MM in Employee Prizes.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Go Daddy's end-of-year holiday parties have become legendary and 2012 was no exception. Last night, a few thousand Go Daddy employees and their guests were wined and dined, entertained and awarded cash prizes in honor of a record-breaking Go Daddy year.

Go Daddy, the world's largest Web host and domainname provider, is the go-to choice for small businesses looking to leverage the power of the Internet … but there was nothing small about last night's big bash at Phoenix's Chase Field.

Together, Go Daddy and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation presented the Semper Fi Fund with checks totaling $2 million to help injured military veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Times: In Veterans’ Aid

New York Times
November 8, 2012

By James Dao | New York Times | nytimes.com | November 8, 2012

GATHERING over a kitchen table and glasses of wine in early 2003, a group of officers' wives at Camp Pendleton, Calif., cobbled together a plan for helping Marines injured during the invasion of Iraq.

First they distributed snacks and toiletries at hospitals, then they bought plane tickets and special equipment for wounded Marines and their families. Volunteers all, the wives assumed that the war would end in 2004, allowing them to go happily out of business.

But the war not only continued, it expanded – and so did their endeavor. Today their organization, the Semper Fi Fund, has nationwide reach Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: Wounded Marines help raise $300K in ride

October 31, 2012

By Linda McIntosh | North County Times | nctimes.com | October 31, 2012

Camp Pendleton Marine Lt. Col. Tres Smith was one of three injured servicemen who accompanied 65 cyclists earlier this month on a 430-mile fundraising bike ride from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Camp Pendleton that raised $300,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured Marines and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines help build fence for wounded warrior’s home

Volunteer Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines
October 25, 2012

By Amanda Wilcox | The Daily News | jdnews.com | October 25, 2012

Johnny McCallon felt forgotten.

He served his country for 16 years and suffered a traumatic brain injury after an improvised explosive device blew him out of a second story window during a tour of duty in Iraq. He later developed post traumatic stress disorder in addition to back and leg injuries he sustained during the blast. As a result, he was medically discharged from the Marine Corps in 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: Actor Gary Sinise as "the new Bob Hope": Advocate for wounded troops performing at Naval Medical Center San Diego

October 19, 2012

By Gretel C. Kovach | North County Times | nctimes.com | October 19, 2012

Some of actor Gary Sinise's most memorable roles have been public servants injured in the line of fire who found solace in the healing power of relationships.

As Lt. Dan in the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump," he played an angry Vietnam War veteran whose friendship with the title character helps him make peace with life as a double amputee. In the television series "CSI: NY," Sinise is a police detective who leans on his girlfriend to recover from a gunshot wound.

His interactions with real-life men and women on the front lines or struggling at home to overcome disability inspired another major role – globe-trotting fundraiser, entertainer and advocate for military and law enforcement personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund winners announced

October 18, 2012

By U.S. PARALYMPICS | teamusa.org | October 18, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Veterans Affairs announced that more than $2M in grant funding has been awarded to a total of 97 organizations in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

The Olympic Opportunity Fund is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically and visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs. Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: 430-mile bike ride with wounded Marines raises $300,000

ride 430 riders approaching finish line
October 16, 2012

By Linda McIntosh | North County Times | nctimes.com | October 16, 2012

Camp Pendleton Marine Lt. Col. Tres Smith was one of three injured servicemen who accompanied 65 cyclists on a 430-mile fundraising bike ride from Scottsdale, Arizona to Camp Pendleton that raised $300,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured Marines and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Norwich’s Semper Fi Club Raises $4,000 in Levy Challenge

October 11, 2012

By PRWeb | Danbury News Times | newstimes.com | October 11, 2012

The money raised will go to the Semper Fi Fund, and $2,000 will go towards the Walter N. Levy NROTC Scholarship.

Northfield, VT (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
Norwich University's Semper Fidelis Club raised $4,000 to be split evenly between the club and an NROTC inaugural scholarship from this year's Walter N. Levy Challenge, a Marine endurance race held on campus last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Around Annapolis: Ripley Race holds youth running clinic

ripley race clinic runners
September 28, 2012

By Diane M. Rey | The Capital | capitalgazette.com | September 28, 2012

Jon Brianas wants to inspire young runners to reach for more than just medals and trophies.
On Sunday, he gave a pep talk and led warm-up exercises to kick off a new six-week running clinic to encourage more youth to participate in the upcoming Ripley Race and promote its message of public service.

"This is an opportunity to connect the youth in our community to our nation's veterans and the sacrifices they make for our freedoms while encouraging children to participate in a healthy and active lifestyle," Brianas, race co-founder, said in a release. Read the rest of this entry »

Woodbridge Bike Tour To Support The Semper Fi Fund

September 28, 2012

By New Jersey Today | njtoday.net | September 28, 2012

WOODBRIDGE – On Sunday, Sept. 30, Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac and the mayor's Wellness Campaign will host the "Tour de Woodbridge Bike Tour" with a portion of the proceeds of this year's ride benefiting the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Making the best of bounty suspension, New Orleans Saints Joe Vitt will coach wounded veterans

Joe Vitt and New Orleans Saints
September 21, 2012

By Mike Triplett | The Times-Picayune | nola.com | September 21, 2012

It should come as no surprise to anyone who's ever met Joe Vitt that he's not well-equipped to handle a six-week suspension away from coaching. The football lifer can rarely even manage six hours of sleep without heading back into the office.

So the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach has found a remarkable way to turn this whole sordid bounty mess into a positive.

Vitt will head to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Monday, where he plans to live around the clock for the next few weeks while working with wounded combat veterans from the United States armed forces through the Semper Fi Fund program. Read the rest of this entry »