Stars of Sochi: Petty Officer First Class Kevin Burton

Picture 3: Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Burton (Visually Impaired) - Nordic/Biathlon
Kevin Burton served with the Navy from 2002-11, retiring as a Petty Officer 1st class. Burton, who has a degenerative eye condition that has left him with just a pinhole of sight, is now aiming for a spot in the biathlon and cross-country skiing competitions at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. A six-time medalist on the world cup circuit, he is a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Development Team. Photo James Netz 2013
February 24, 2014

A Paralympics Profile

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Kevin Burton (visually impaired) will be representing Team USA in Nordic skiing. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

The Winter Paralympics are Coming – Meet our Sochi Star, Tyler Burdick

February 22, 2014

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Tyler Burdick (double leg limb salvage) will be representing Team USA in snowboarding. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

BJ Ganem and Dan Lasko on ESPN

January 30, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Our own B.J. Ganem and Cpl. Dan Lasko, USMC (Ret.) joined ESPN's "Outside the Lines" to discuss their involvement in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and their game against former NFL players and 9/11 first-responders!

See their appearance on the show and learn more Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi – Athlete Update – 2013 Veteran’s Day edition

Sgt Jon Lujan (Incomplet Spinal Cord Injury) - Alpine Skiing
Jon Lujan, who served in the Marine Corps for nearly eight years, suffered two ruptured discs in his back during his missions in Kuwait. During the surgery to repair his back, his spinal cord was damaged and initially Lujan was left unable to feel either leg. Following the advice of a fellow wounded veteran, Lujan took to sport for rehabilitation, eventually becoming a ski racer. He was named to his first U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team in 2012. In his first season with the team, Lujan earned three NorAm Cup silver medals. He is now attempting to qualify for his first Paralympic Winter Games.
November 17, 2013

Dear Supporters,

The US Paralympics website gave a Veteran's Day tribute to the 19 Service Members competing for spots on the 2014 US Paralympic team in Sochi Russia. Team Semper Fi is proud to be represented by 9 of these amazing athletes: 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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Team Semper Fi Represented in the 2013 Paratriathlon World Championships

Team Semper Fi in the USA Paratriathlon
August 20, 2013

USA Paratrithlon team semper Fi wounded warrior Marines USA Triathlon just announced who will be representing Team USA at next month's Paratriathlon World Championships in London England. Team Semper Fi athletes:

*HMC Jose Ramos (left arm amputee) and finished 4th place at the US National Championships

*Sgt Allen Young (GSW left shoulder) and finished 5th place at the US National Championships

*MAA3 Nathan DeWalt (SCI) and finished 9th place at the US National Championships

All competed at the US National Championships in Austin Texas in May to earn their spots on Team USA in London.

Let's also send some encouragement and good vibes for a quick recovery to PO3 Mike Johnston (Left BK) who also made the World Championship Team but had to pull out after injuring himself in a race accident recently.Mike is a Paratriathlon National Team member and won a Bronze medal at this year's US National Championships.These amazing athletes have proved that they are a force in the United States and are looking to make some noise on the international stage for Team USA!

Go Team Semper Fi and Go Team USA!!!!

Semper Fi Fund Returns to Germany

Semper Fi Fund visits Germany
June 25, 2013

Recently, Semper Fi Fund traveled to Germany to visit the Landstuhl hospital, Ramstein flight line, Helicopter unit, and the Landstuhl Fisher House to wrap our arms around our liaisons, injured service members, and hospital staff. As always, it was one of our most touching annual trips. 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 | | 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 »

Boston Globe: Marines’ Visit Brings Hope And Laughter

April 27, 2013

By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | | 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 »

Team Semper Fi Takes On Cowboy Challenge

Cowboy Challenge 2013
April 7, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund's Team Semper Fi – "Recovery Through Sport" program – took on the Cowboy Challenge once again on Saturday, April 6th. Read the story, see the pictures, and share in the memories made at this amazing event! Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi competes in 2013 Marine Corps Trials

Marine Corps Trials awards
March 7, 2013

The 2013 Marine Corps Trials were held at Camp Pendleton, CA from February 27 – March 7, 2013. This year nearly 300 injured Marines and allied service members participated in the trials, including athletes from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Of course veteran US Marines, and Marines from Wounded Warrior Battalions East and West, were also at Camp Pendleton competing for a spot on the all-Marine team that will represent the US Marine Corps at the Warrior Games in May. Congrats to all of our Team Semper Fi members who competed! Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Redefined: Encouraging Veterans with physical disabilities to take on sports

January 15, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to have paratriathlete Michael Johnston on Team Semper Fi!

By Doug Williams | U.S. Paralympics | | January 15, 2013

Michael Johnston is a paratriathlete with hopes of competing in the sport’s Paralympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But he is also part of another mission: He’s trying to encourage fellow Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with physical disabilities to get involved in sports to help open doors to new activities, enrich their lives and get them moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi members visit the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany

Commanding Officer and Team Semper Fi
October 29, 2012

Recently, several members of Team Semper Fi traveled with our CEO, President, and Founder, Karen Guenther, to the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany. It was a powerful and emotional trip, as the service members reunited with the medical technicians who helped them through the initial stages of their survival and recovery.

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to share some special moments from the amazing visit: Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks for Supporting the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)

marine corps marathon logo 2012
October 28, 2012

Special thanks to all supporters who came out for the 37th Marine Corps Marathon to cheer on our Team Semper Fi, and thanks to all of our runners who raised awareness and love for our crucial mission!

Check out what happened over the MCM weekend: Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund winners announced

October 18, 2012

By U.S. PARALYMPICS | | 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 »