Disabled veterans hit the slopes at Breckenridge this week

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December 2, 2014

KDVR FOX 31 DENVER | BY KENT ERDAHL | LINK TO COVERAGE | POSTED 8:06 PM, DECEMBER 2, 2014

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A unique ski event in Breckenridge this week is helping our wounded warriors hit the slopes, many for the very first time. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2014 39th Marine Corps Marathon: We Can’t Thank Everyone Enough!

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October 29, 2014

Here’s the bottom line up top: The weekend of October 23-26 was absolutely amazing!

It marked the 39th running of the Marine Corps Marathon--and the 10th year that the Semper Fi Fund has been involved with this incredible and inspirational event. Of the 27,422 entrants in this year’s Marathon, more than 900 runners and cyclists participated as Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes (more than 730 of them!) and members of Team Semper Fi and Team America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Medal of Honor recipient to start marathon with skydive

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October 27, 2014

Fox News | Oct. 25, 2014 - 2:51 | Link to Video

Kyle Carpenter on record-breaking attempt and representing the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps Marathon Filled With 30,000 Stories

Finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon. (Photo by Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)
October 27, 2014

CBS DC | By Chuck Carroll | October 26, 2014 1:59 PM | Link to Article

WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The Marine Corps Marathon, also known as “The People’s Marathon,” symbolizes the values of the Marine Corps.

Many service members ran or pedaled the 26.2 miles for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For Marine Gunnery Sgt. Guillermo Tejada it’s more than a marathon. It’s a reminder of Nov. 11, 2010.

“That day I got struck by an I.E.D. and I lost both of my legs on impact,” Tejada says. Read the rest of this entry »

Handcyclist Competing in Third Marine Corps Marathon

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October 27, 2014

4 NBC Washington | By Julie Carey | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 | Link to Article

Washington, DC - A Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan will be one of dozens of handcyclists racing alongside runners in the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday.

Sgt. Michael Frazier was introduced to his first handcycle while being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the explosion. Frazier has also served three tours in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Returns to Marine Corps Marathon 900+ Strong to Raise Funds and Awareness for Injured Veterans

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October 18, 2014

Washington, DC – On Sunday, October 26th, before most of us have even had our morning coffee, a sea of red-shirted runners and hand-cyclists will queue up for the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund. For the fifth year in a row, the Semper Fi Fund will be the MCM’s largest charity partner, with over 900 runners and hand-cyclists raising funds and awareness for injured, ill and wounded service members. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Warrior Games: Medals and Memories

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October 10, 2014

When more than 200 service members from all branches of the military gather to test each other’s skills in seven sports (archery, swimming, shooting, cycling, track and field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball), the result is a level of competition that is both intense and inspiring -- and memories that will last a lifetime.

“The 2014 Warrior Games have come and gone,” said Semper Fi Fund Chairman and CEO Karen Guenther, “but for everyone who competed in Colorado Springs, and for everyone who cheered on the competitors, the excitement and inspiration will never be forgotten.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rico Roman, U.S. Paralympic star, helps open 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte

Paralympic champion Rico Roman, a retired Army Staff Sergeant, was an honorary torchbearer for the 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte. He lit the cauldron after receiving the torch from teammate Paul Schaus, a retired Marine Corps Corporal. 
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October 2, 2014

BY SCOTTIE BIBB | SEPT. 28, 2014, 10:30 P.M. (ET) | Link to Article

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Paralympic gold medalist and retired Army Staff Sergeant Rico Roman — alongside fellow Paralympic teammate and retired Marine Corps Corporal Paul Schaus — lit the cauldron to kick off the fifth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte at the Olympic Training Center today in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Supports Service Members and Families at 2014 Warrior Games!

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September 26, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Every year, thousands of injured, ill and wounded service members vie for just 200 coveted slots in the annual Warrior Games, a six-day, Paralympic-style competition for the five branches of the military. Next week, the exceptional athletes who made the cut for the 2014 games will go head to head in seven different sports starting September 28 and running through October 4. Thanks to the Semper Fi Fund, their friends and family will be at the games to cheer them on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marine veteran Chris Lowe competes in pole bending at a Jinx McCain event.
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September 11, 2014

Ranch & Reata Magazine | A.J. Mangum | September 11, 2014 | Link to Article

Horsemanship offers veterans relief from the traumas of combat.

In 2002, Chris Lowe was a teenager from a small Texas town, a 19-year-old community college student with an ambition to serve his country. Following a family tradition of military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Two years later, he was in Iraq, on a combat deployment in the chaotic hotbed of Fallujah, providing security for an explosives disposal team, when an enemy mortar exploded just feet away from him. Only luck saved his life. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veterans begin healing process in Big Horn Mountains

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July 18, 2014

Q2-KTVQ TV | Jul 18, 2014 8:03 PM | by Aja Goare - Q2 News | Link to Article

BILLINGS - Speaking of veterans, recovery through sport is the idea behind a program devoted to helping service men and women recover from traumatic injuries.

It's called the Semper Fi Fund, an organization helps wounded veterans with the recovery process, but not with hospitals or therapy. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney received 2014 Pat Tillman Service Award on ESPN!

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July 17, 2014

Team Semper Fi member and 2014 Team USA Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Josh Sweeney, who scored the winning goal against Russia, is received the first ever Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by ESPN and the Pat Tillman Foundation at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16th at 9pm ET (http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/). Josh was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both legs in October 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Saddle Up For Doublerafter Cattle Drive

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July 11, 2014

Injured Veteran Athletes Gear Up for Cowboy-Style Adventure

RANCHESTER, WY July 11, 2014 - Next week, from July 15 to July 18, the injured veterans of Team Semper Fi (TSF) and Team America’s Fund (TAmF) are saddling up for the adventure of a lifetime: for four days and three nights, these athletes will become cowboys, driving cattle through the mountains of Wyoming for the Doublerafter Cattle Drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Athletes Saddle Up For Cowboy Challenge

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April 30, 2014

Injured and Ill Athletes Go Head-to Head in the Annual Horseman Competition

Escondido, CA - For the fifth year in a row, the injured athletes of Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund are saddling up for an incredible challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney scores winning goal in sled hockey and helps bring home the gold for Team USA!

Sgt. Josh Sweeney scores winning goal for Team USA Sled Hockey for 1-0 win over Russia on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia..  Photos from USA Hockey Team article.
March 17, 2014

Sochi Russia - Sgt. Josh Sweeney, a Marine veteran from Phoenix, Arizona (double above-the-knee amputee) and member of Team Semper Fi scored the winning 1-0 goal over Russia in ice sled hockey this Saturday, bringing home the gold-medal for Team USA for the second year-in-a-row. This victory for Team USA Read the rest of this entry »