Sergeant Shurvon Phillip, USMC (Ret.)

May 15th, 2014

Shurvon was finishing a patrol in his HUMVEE returning to base when it was hit by an IED in May of 2005. All were injured, but Shurvon was most serious. He suffered a broken left leg, lung blast, six broken ribs, and his jaw was broken in four places. Six days after Shurvon’s brain was deprived of oxygen resulting in his traumatic brain injury. Shurvon is now paralyzed and is unable to communicate with speech.

Over the years Shurvon has made progress and is now able to sit up in a chair, lift one of his arms, although each movement requires much concentration and effort. Shurvon continues with weekly therapy at the VA in Ohio, where he lives with his Mom, Gail. Gail is Shurvon’s primary caregiver and has been by his side 24/7 since his injury. As a mother “you have to do what you have to do”. She has given hope and faith to Shurvon throughout his long recovery. At the time of his injury she was working full-time, but after spending two weeks with Shurvon, she realized that her job was to care for her son.

“The Semper Fi Fund has helped Shurvon and I, in those very dark days, with paying my bills and rent. Because of this, I was able to stay by my son’s bedside 24hrs a day. When I cried, they were there - and cried a lot I did. Thank God for the Semper Fi Fund! They were, and still are, a great help. When Shurvon needed his handicap wheels, the Semper Fi Fund was there. They were there when I needed to get some much needed sleep providing overnight care for Shurvon. They make our new life a little easier, thank you Semper Fi Fund.” - Gail Ulerie, Shurvon’s mother

Shurvon Phillip on deployment prior to getting injured.

Shurvon Phillip on deployment prior to getting injured.

Shurvon and his mother, Gail.

Shurvon and his mother, Gail.

Shurvon in his specially adapted van.

Shurvon in his specially adapted van.