The Paralympics Are Here – Meet Our Team Semper Fi Athletes!

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March 5, 2014

The eyes of the sporting world have turned to Sochi, Russia, and the beginning of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

Exactly one month after the opening ceremonies, though—on March 7—Fisht Olympic Stadium will play host to a second opening ceremony: that of the XI Paralympic Winter Games, a 10-day celebration of athleticism and competitive spirit Read the rest of this entry »

SI Now: Semper Fi Fund helps veterans heal through sports

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March 5, 2014

MORE SPORTS | Posted: 2014/03/04 | Source: SI | Link to Video
On Tuesday's SI Now, BJ Ganem and Cedric King of the Semper Fi Fund discuss how Team Semper Fi backed their personal and athletic goals, playing Wounded Warrior Football with NFL stars, and how sports help people heal. Read the rest of this entry »

Stars of Sochi: Sgt. Omar Bermejo

Picture 1: Sgt Omar Bermejo (single arm amputee) - Nordic/Biathlon
In 2000, 17-year-old Omar Bermejo joined the Marine Corps. “The Marines were my way of life until a motorcycle accident took what I thought was going to be the rest of my life in just a couple of seconds,” he wrote in his blog. Just four months after his right arm was amputated as a result of the accident, he rediscovered sport. “It was time to start dreaming again. Dreaming of becoming a Paralympic cross-country skiing athlete.”  He is a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Development Team.
March 1, 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 Omar Bermejo (single arm amputee) 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 »

Stars of Sochi: Lieutenant Commander Dan Cnossen

Lt Dan Cnossen (double above the knee amputee) - Nordic/Biathlon
Navy Lt. Dan Cnossen, who competed in multiple sports at the 2011 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, hopes to make his Paralympic Games debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in biathlon and cross-country skiing. He joined the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing program in 2010. At the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wis., he won four of the 13 medals claimed by Team USA, with two each in cross-country skiing and biathlon. He went on to compete at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Final as well as the world championships. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Cnossen stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, resulting in the amputation of both legs. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V (for valor) from the Secretary of the Navy.
February 26, 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 Dan Cnossen (double above the knee amputee) 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 »

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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 »

Team Semper Fi Takes On Cowboy Challenge

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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

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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 »