New Hampshire Christmas Tree Sales 2013

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November 27, 2013

Milford, NH – 'Tis the season! Come on out and purchase your Christmas tree knowing that a portion of the proceeds will go to support our wounded and critically ill service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Signing – Meet the Author, Meet the Legend – Lunch with General Al Gray

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November 27, 2013

Quantico, VA - The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and the Semepr Fi Fund invite you to a no-host lunch at the Clubs of Quantico with General Al Gray, USMC (Ret), 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps and Scott Laidig, Marine Vietnam Veteran and author. The lunch will take place on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:30pm, with General Gray and Mr. Laidig giving a brief presentation and question and answer session about the book "AL GRAY, MARINE, The Early Years 1950-1967." Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds of Volunteers, Thousands of Ornaments – One Goal

Dale City, VA - Ready to mail! More than 10,700 ornaments were packaged by volunteers and stand ready to mail!. (Click photo for larger image)Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
November 26, 2013

Dale City, VA - VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia, was the place to be on November 24 as hundreds of volunteers came together for the Semper Fi Fund’s fifth annual Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party.

The job at hand was to package and prepare more than 10,700 holiday ornaments for mailing, but the goal was singular: to help brighten the holidays for Marines who have been wounded since the attacks of 9/11 and are Purple Heart recipients. Read the rest of this entry »

After Cyber Monday, join us in the #Giving Tuesday movement!!

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November 26, 2013

Save the Date! December 3rd is #GivingTuesday!

Dear SFF Supporters,
As we approach the holidays, we find ourselves thankful for so much and pondering ways to pay our blessings forward by helping others. Semper Fi Fund is excited to partner with the 2nd Annual #GivingTuesday movement on Dec. 3rd.

This world-wide one day event celebrates a day of Giving as an alternative to shopping on Black Friday. #GivingTuesday founders have said, “We have two days that are good for the economy. Here’s a new day good for the soul.” Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund hosts 2013 Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party

Dale City, VA -  Hundreds show up this morning to help the Semper Fi Fund mail more than 10,700 Purple Heart ornaments to more than 10,700 injured Marines who have received the Purple Heart. Click photo for larger imagePhoto courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
November 23, 2013

UPDATE - November 24 @ 10:45AM: Hundreds showed up to help us mail ornaments to our injured Marines. A story is forthcoming but in the meantime, check out the photos from this heartwarming event!

DALE CITY, Va. – For the fifth year-in-a-row the Semper Fi Fund will be sending out more than 10,700 holiday ornaments to Marines who have been wounded since the attacks of 9-11 and are Purple Heart recipients. To help with packing and shipping the ornaments, the Semper Fi Fund will be hosting its annual “Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party” at the VFW Post 1503 in Dale City. Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees 2013

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November 23, 2013

Carlsbad - CA To continue the wonderful tradition of the “Festival of Trees,” we would like to invite you to join us in our efforts to support the local military families of North County.

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100% of the “net” proceeds will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund.

Our theme this year is “Park Hyatt’s of North America” and showcase the beautiful locations of each along with two beautiful patriotic themed trees! All trees are professionally designed and will be featured in the hotel lobby during a month-long silent auction from November 28 – December 22.

However, the holiday décor will remain for all to enjoy through December 27. Hotel guests and local visitors will be able to place bids on their favorite tree in hopes of having the winning bid to take home their holiday tree.

We value and appreciate your partnership. We hope you or your company can participate in this event and bring joy to the families of North County this holiday season!

Sponsorship Package:
$ 1,000 Sponsor
$ 750 Co-sponsor
$ 450 Co-sponsor

***All sponsors will receive a 3’ x 4’ sign with logo placed adjacent to a beautiful holiday tree!

Please contact Gigi Knowles gigi.knowles@hyatt.com by November 30 if you would like to be a sponsor!! Show your support!

Journal Sentinal – All-terrain wheelchair re-opens outdoors to disabled hunters

Jake Janes uses a duck call while hunting with Chad Hermansonn Tuesday, November 12, 2013 while duck hunting near Evansville, Wis. Jake Janes and Chad Hermanson, who have been friends and hunting buddies for years, are still able to pursue their passion with the development of high-mobility tracked wheelchairs.   MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM
November 22, 2013

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel | Nov. 21, 2013 4:00 a.m. | Link to article

Evansville — In the predawn icy darkness, Jake Janes and Chad Hermanson head to their duck blind near a creek that flows into Lake Leota. Wearing head lamps, they traverse snow-covered ground as Hermanson's Labrador retriever, Cooper, bounds ahead of them, whining with excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

Medford and Moteng Knife Auction

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November 21, 2013

Online Auction - Medford Knife and Tool and Moteng have teamed up for a good cause! Medford has created a one-of-a-kind Praetorian folder for Moteng, the wholesale knife distributor, to auction off. All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund and Moteng will match the winning bid up to $2,500. Read the rest of this entry »

25 Hours of Thunderhill 2013

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November 20, 2013

Willows, CA – For the fourth year in a row, Davidson Racing, the road racing team based out of Sparks, Nevada owned by Bob Davidson and managed by long-time NASA racer and crew chief Ron Carroll, will participate in the longest endurance car race in the world, 25 Hours of Thunderhill (see highlights from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yt-MtCDbDQ). The team will be racing two cars this year; the first will be a BMW powered Norma sports racer whose drivers will be: Bob Davidson, Brian Frisselle, Remo Ruscitti, Randy Pobst and Michael Valiante. The 2nd car will be an Elan V8 powered DR eagle prototype whose drivers will be: Bob Davidson, Burt Frisselle, Brandon Kraus, Anthony Lazzaro and Mark Wilkins. 100 percent of the Davidson Racing Team's race proceeds will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund. For more information, please visit http://25forsemperfi.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Lights in Delaware 2013

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November 18, 2013

Townsend, DE - For the 6th year in a row, Townsend’s Bob Hairgrove will be lighting his home with an outdoor Christmas display of more than 150,000 lights and for the 2nd year, the display will also raise awareness and donations for the Semper Fi Fund. Bob's son has recently begun boot camp at Parris Island, SC. 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 »

Fox 45 Baltimore – Marine Corps Vet Cycling From ME to CA

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November 16, 2013

Baltimore, MD - A Marine Corps Veteran is cycling across America, going from Maine to California. Today in Howard County, FOX45 had the privilege of getting the meet the double amputee, who hopes to 'pay it forward.'

Rob Jones, a Marine Corps Veteran, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, when the IED he was searching for exploded. Jones lost both of his legs below the knee. Jones told FOX45 he wanted to do an adventure after he finished recovering.

"So I figured riding a bike across the country would be pretty cool," Jones said. Read the rest of this entry »

Baltimore Sun – After cycling stop in Howard County, Marine sets sights on California

November 15, 2013

Columbia native, injured in Afghanistan, wants to raise $1 million for veterans

By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group, 9:23 a.m. EST, November 15, 2013, Link to Article

On a bicycle built just for him, 28-year-old Rob Jones rode into the parking lot of Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville on Thursday to the cheers of the student body and the family and friends who came to see him. Read the rest of this entry »

Tulsa World – Nonprofits aid veterans, families

November 12, 2013

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 4:33 pm, Mon Nov 11, 2013.
By CASEY SMITH World Staff Writer | Comments | Link to Article

Tulsa, OK - When their military family moved back to Oklahoma last year, Sgt. Legrand and Carrie Strickland were determined to find a way to send their teenage sons to private school.

They wanted Noah, 16, and Nathan, 15, to be in a stable, Christian environment. One where class sizes were small enough for students and teachers and parents to really get to know and understand each other. Read the rest of this entry »

ALWAYS FAITHFUL, NEVER FORGOTTEN – To all of our Veterans… Thank you for your service

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November 11, 2013

A Note From Our Founder

Dear SFF Supporters,

Every November, we come together to remember those who sacrifice so much for our freedom. It's easy to forget that the liberty we enjoy as Americans is only possible because of the brave men and women who risk everything to maintain it. Read the rest of this entry »