Two-wheeled trek: Double amputee cycles cross country to raise money for vets

January 5, 2014

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ALTO PASS — Rob Jones may have lost his legs in Afghanistan in 2010, but he has not lost his sense of adventure.

The retired Marine sergeant from Lovettsville, Va., is cycling from Bar Harbor, Maine to southern California in an effort to raise money for veterans.

Jones said his trip started in October and he has been riding about 35 miles a day. He has ridden a total of 2,093 miles Wednesday with his trip from Goreville to Von Jakob Winery & Brewery in Alto Pass. Jones said he has calculated his whole trip will be around 5,400 miles. He plans to finish his journey in April. Read the rest of this entry »

39th Marine Corps Marathon, 10K and Historic Half: 2014 Semper Fi Fund Team

January 1, 2014

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2014 is just hours away!

December 31, 2013

2014 is just hours away – but before the midnight fireworks and celebrations, we want to remind you of a few ways you can end 2013 in style:

GIVE THE GIFT OF RECOVERY AND INDEPENDENCE: Your donation speeds the recovery process of a wounded veteran by bringing family to his or her bedside, and means independence in the form of adaptive equipment or vehicles to our recovering service members. Read the rest of this entry »

$2.5 Million x You = An Amazing December to Remember!

December 27, 2013

As 2013 comes to an end, we are grateful beyond words for the generosity of our supporters—and have some incredibly exciting news to share.

Donors like you have come together in a big way to support the Semper Fi Fund in our mission to serve those who serve us all: You’ve met the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matching donations challenge and pledged $2 million in this holiday season to support our efforts.

But wait: There’s more! The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has once again increased the maximum amount of the matching donations challenge. First, they doubled the $1 million GoDaddyTBRPF matching campaign to $2 million (Bob Parsons is the founder of GoDaddy)—and now they’ve upped the ante to $2.5 million! Read the rest of this entry »

Surfside PX

December 15, 2013

Surfside Beach, SC - Located in Surfside Beach, SC, Surfside PX is a non-profit thrift store operating on donations with the express purpose of supporting wounded military veterans. All merchandise is donated and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund and other military charities. Please visit their website to learn about how you can help today www.surfsidepx.org. Read the rest of this entry »

Short Rations for Marines

December 13, 2013

Short Rations for Marines - is an exquisite, easy to read, collection of 57 true stories authored by 34 very different writers that takes readers through a domain, not only of tragic historical significance, but also through humorous, often ridiculous incidents that flawlessly become antidotes for the conventional. These stories characterize everyday life, in war and peace, of these extraordinary people who, collectively, make up the Corps of Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

ThermoWorks Thermapen to Support the Semper Fi Fund

December 13, 2013

Thermoworks is at it again this year! They have created and specially designed the Super-Fast Thermapen, a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer cooking thermometer for home use. Its popularity among celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, top foodies, bloggers and competition BBQ teams have made the Thermapen into an essential tool in the best-equipped home kitchens and backyard BBQ rigs. $9 from each Thermapen sold will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund to benefit our wounded and critically injured service members. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle, USMC (Ret.)

December 11, 2013

We wouldn’t be at all surprised to find this photo of Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle and his wife Kelly on many “best of 2013” lists. It’s a remarkable illustration of service and love—and the Semper Fi Fund is honored to have played a small part in it.

Jesse joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and served three deployments as a radio operator in Iraq. He transferred to an EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team, spent two years in Japan, and was deployed to Afghanistan in February 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Creations-by-Suzi Jewelry Show

December 10, 2013

San Clemente, CA - "Creations-by-Suzi Jewelry Show" is an in-home event to raise money for Semper Fi Fund and bring awareness to the needs of our military families.

100% of funds raised will be donated to Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

In their own words – a service member’s word of thanks

December 10, 2013

"Thank you and the Semper Fi Fund for the Emwave and the Alpha Stim devices. The generosity and follow through to get me the gear is much appreciated. It is very rare to find both of these qualities, of giving and tenacity, today and proves that the Semper Fi Fund is a great organization. These two devices help me daily deal with symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and chronic Post Traumatic Stress. Know that these expensive devices are utilized often and make a huge difference for me. My family also thanks you. My mood is definitely improved with the use of these items.”

Corporal Anthony Sanza, USA (Ret.)

December 9, 2013

From July 2007 through June 2008, Corporal Anthony Sanza was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a sniper attached to the 1st Marine Division. He brought home stories that would impress and amaze Ashley, the woman he married on September 4, 2010. He also brought home a very rare form of cancer.

When he first returned stateside, Anthony was being treated for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and a variety of physical injuries to his back, knees, shoulders and ankle. Then came the stomach pains. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Million Reasons to Love The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation!

December 9, 2013

Wow. No, really—that’s it in a nutshell: Wow.

Because The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has doubled down on their commitment to the Semper Fi Fund: The $1 million matching campaign announced last month has just become a $2 million matching campaign. (Read the official press release.) Read the rest of this entry »

PLEDGE TO HELP SEMPER FI FUND DOUBLES TO $2MM

December 9, 2013

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Steps Up with More $ to Match

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 9, 2013) –The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is raising the stakes in order to help even more injured or critically ill military service personnel by doubling the matching fund limit from $1 million, up to $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund. This means donations through December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to another million. The initial charity drive in partnership with GoDaddy, has already reached its goal for $1 million in matching funds almost one month ahead of schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Every Bead and Stone Tells a Story

December 8, 2013

San Clemente, CA - Suzi Burke is a 73-year-old mother of two, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of three. Speaking with her, one is immediately struck by a boundless energy and enthusiasm that most people one-half (or even one-third) her age can’t ever hope to match.

This spirit has enabled her and a veritable platoon of Marine wives to raise $96,000 for the Semper Fi Fund over the past five years by creating Read the rest of this entry »

In their own words – a service member’s word of thanks

December 8, 2013

“Semper Fi Fund paid to get my service dog Phoebe. In the short time we have had Phoebe, it already feels like we've had her from the very beginning. She has been a perfect addition to our family. Semper Fi Fund has never hesitated to help our family when we have needed the help and we'll be forever grateful.”