Semper Fi Fund’s Horsemanship Program Offers Peace to Veterans

November 6, 2014

New York Times | By DAVE CALDWELL | NOV. 6, 2014 | Link to Article

Eleven years after he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident that no one thought he would survive, Mike Johnston found himself on a horse last spring, a cowboy for a week, herding cattle through rolling Wyoming terrain with a dozen other former and current members of the United States military. Read the rest of this entry »

Fidelis Beer brews up a birthday gift for the Corps and the Semper Fi Fund

November 6, 2014

Burke, Virginia - Marine-owned brewery, Fidelis Beer Company, launched in August with a mission to craft world-class beers for world-class causes. Already, their flagship beer, a farmhouse ale, has achieved a 95/100 rating on Beer Advocate—a consumer-based rating system for beer. Read the rest of this entry »

Brio Tuscan Grille – Dine to Donate

November 6, 2014

Maryland and Virginia - Our friends at Brio Tuscan Grille in Annapolis, Baltimore, and Bethesda, MD along with Tysons Corner, VA are hosting a Veterans Day Dine to Donate Event. Read the rest of this entry »

THE CONCERT FOR VALOR – STARBUCKS, HBO AND CHASE RECOGNIZE SEMPER FI FUND WHILE SALUTING U.S. VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THIS VETERANS DAY

November 4, 2014

Co-Sponsors Celebrate Veteran Service Organizations as Part of a First-of-Its-Kind Event

Washington, DC – The Semper Fi Fund has been recognized by Starbucks, HBO and Chase, co-sponsors of THE CONCERT FOR VALOR, for outstanding service and support of veterans and their families. THE CONCERT FOR VALOR a first-of-its-kind concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to be presented live on HBO this Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11 (7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT). Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Matthew B., USMC (Ret.)

November 3, 2014

“Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I don’t have vision. I believe God kept me alive for a reason, and that’s to tell my story.”

So says Marine Corporal Matthew B — the first blinded amputee in history to re-enlist in the Corps.

Matt’s story begins in Petersburg, Virginia, where he was born; and in Winchester, Kentucky, where he was raised. He was always interested in sports, playing baseball until he was 13 and starting with basketball during his freshman year of high school. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Raise $10 Million to Celebrate 10 Years… Join the 10 for 10 Challenge!

November 2, 2014

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, to match donations dollar-for-dollar to Semper Fi Fund

This November, the Semper Fi Fund rounds out its 10th anniversary year with the 10 for 10 Challenge – a matching campaign with the potential to raise $10 million for wounded, critically ill and injured veterans. The challenge, issued by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, is one of the largest matching campaigns in the history of veteran nonprofits. Through December 31, 2014, all donations to the Semper Fi Fund and Americas Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Cody S., USA (Ret.)

November 2, 2014

“I want people to know that we are at war, and we still have guys getting injured all the time,” said Nancy, the mother of Corporal Cody S. “The day after Cody was injured, I did an interview—I wanted people to know that this is happening. I don't think people are really aware. All these guys need support.”

Born and raised in North Carolina, Cody was planning on being a missionary before he enlisted in the Army.
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GoDaddy Founder Doubles Up His Year-End Donation for Veterans’ Care

November 1, 2014

The Chronicle of Philanthropy | November 24, 2014 | By Tom Held |Link to Article
For the second year in a row, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is doubling up his year-end matching-gift push to raise money for wounded veterans through the Semper Fi Fund.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation pledged $5-million as a matching gift this year after Mr. Parsons offered matching grants of $1-million in 2012 and $2.5-million in 2013, with support from GoDaddy Cares. Read the rest of this entry »

5th Annual Chandler Rotary Club Golf Classic

October 30, 2014

Chandler, AZ - This December, the Chandler Rotary Club will be hosting their 5th Annual Golf Classic. This fantastic event has a new twist this year, proceeds from the tournament will be donated directly to Semper Fi Fund as well as America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Hugh Hewitt Veterans Day Show 2014

October 30, 2014

San Diego, CA and National - This This Veteran's Day, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, will be hosting his annual three hour special on the Semper Fi Fund at 3:00PM PST, as we celebrate a Decade of Dedication supporting our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members and their families. Hugh will be talking to our service members about their injuries, their recoveries and the assistance they've received from the Semper Fi Fund and our America's Fund Program, and highlighting 10 inspiring years of serving those who preserve our freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 »

43rd Annual Rink Roast: Charleston, SC

October 29, 2014

Charleston, SC - Please join us for the 43rd Annual RINK (Reserves in Nautical Kinship) Roast on November 9th, 2013 at 4pm at the Elks Lodge in Charleston, SC.  Together, a group of retired Naval officers meet annual to celebrate camaraderie along with a barbecue dinner, auctions, raffles and live music, all to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. This is the 6th year this dedicated group has supported Semper Fi Fund with this great event. Read the rest of this entry »

Annual Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon

October 29, 2014

There will be an annual Marine Corps Birthday luncheon on Monday November 10, 2014 from 12pm-2pm at Marina Jack's, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. There will be guest speakers and 50/50 raffle, and proceeds to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

For more information contact Tom Smith, 941-320-9594 tomsmithfla@yahoo.com Read the rest of this entry »

Medal of Honor recipient to start marathon with skydive

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

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 »