The Pain Within: War Wounds Run Deep for Returning Veterans

January 23, 2013

By Karen Guenther: Founder, President and CEO of the Semper Fi Fund | The Huffington Post | | January 23, 2013

Amidst the end-of-year hustle and bustle, most Americans were understandably preoccupied with shopping, travel and family. So many Americans also failed to notice the tragic milestone we passed this holiday season: in 2012, combat deaths were outnumbered by veteran suicides, reaching a record high. It's a startling statistic, particularly when you pause to consider its implications. For the last decade, we've seen tens of thousand of soldiers return home with injuries, many of whom had serious brain or spinal damage. But these numbers only account for the wounds we can see -- and it's the damage outside our field of vision that's sometimes the most lethal. Read the rest of this entry »

Run for America’s Fund: The Army Marathon

January 22, 2013

Kileen, Texas – This is a brand new event and the first ever race for the America's Fund. The Army Marathon is an event that honors our Soldiers and National Guardsmen and supports charities that are serving our service members.

Army Marathon Logo

Date: April 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Kileen, Texas
Registration Fee: $75

We hope that you will join us in raising funds for the America's Fund!

To Register for the Army Marathon:
1. Go to the Race and Fundraise Page (you must select "Race and Fundraise")
2. Fill out the required runner information

If you have any questions about participating in the Army Marathon, please contact Kathy Wise by email or by calling 910.515.1626

LA Marathon & Marathon Relay

January 22, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – Registration Now Open for the LA Marathon & Marathon Relay!

LA marathon

Race Information:
Date: March 17, 2013
Time: 7:28 am
Location: Dodger Stadium
Registration Fee:
Marathon – $145 with code
Relay – $250 for both ($125 each)
Fundraising: $500 recommended

The LA Marathon encourages participants to "Run 4 Something" and we would encourage you to run in support of our injured and critically ill service members.

We have both relay and individual spots available. To register to run for the Semper Fi Fund, you MUST use our official registration code.

To register for the 2 Person Relay:
1. Go to the Registration Page
2. Choose "Official Charity Entries – Charity Relay – 2 Person (Invitation Code Required)"
3. Enter the Semper Fi Fund's invitation code TNE907LA56 in the box at the bottom left-hand corner of the page
4. Check "I am over 15 years old"
5. Click Continue
6. Fill out the required runner information

To register for the Marathon:
1. Go to the Registration Page
2. Choose "Official Charity Entries – LA Marathon (Invitation Code Required)"
3. Enter the Semper Fi Fund's invitation code RIS587LA73 in the box at the bottom left-hand corner of the page
4. Check "I am over 15 years old"
5. Click Continue
6. Fill out the required runner information
Once registered, please go to Crowdrise to create your fundraising page.

If you have any questions about participating in the LA Marathon, please contact Kathy Wise by email or by calling 910.515.1626

Semper Fi 5K 2013

January 22, 2013

Washington, DC – Semper Fi 5K Run/Walk will be held on May 18, 2013 at 8:00AM at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC.

SF 5K 2013 banner

Please come out and run or walk for this fun event and show your support for our wounded, injured, and critically ill service members and their families! Click here to see the course map. For full race details please see the Semper Fi 5K website.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund.

The registration rates will rise over time, so please sign up early to lock in a low registration fee and ensure your spot in this year's race!

Register for Semper Fi 5K 2012

6th Annual Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament

January 22, 2013

Patuxent River, MD – The 6th Annual Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament will again be held at the beautiful Cedar Point Golf Course on Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD on May 10, 2013.

Semper Fi Fund check presentation

This annual golf tournament is held to honor the memory of Claude D. Alexander, a Viet Nam Vet, Amputee, a Peer Visitor at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a friend to many.

Registration is $100 per person or $400 per team and includes a day of golf, continental breakfast, banquet dinner, and golf prizes.

Registration will start at 8:00 am with a 9:00 shotgun start. Right after the tournament there will be an awards banquet where prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place; Men's & Women's longest drive; closest to the hole; and "Most Outrages Outfit".

Beer Creek Barbeque will be doing both the continental breakfast and the banquet dinner. If you are interested in a Sponsorship please download their flyer for more information.

Download the event flyer.

Scentsy by Shelby

January 22, 2013

ONLINE – Shelby Gregg, independent Scentsy consultant has pledged to donate 100% of her profits for the entire month of February to the Semper Fi Fund. Please support her in this campaign by visiting her website and purchasing these wonderful wickless alternative to scented candles. Download the event flyer.

Scentsy Independent Consultant
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Scents by Shelby flyer

Ongoing Giving Opportunities: Satellite City Instant Glues

January 22, 2013

There are many companies that offer instant glue, calling it super glue, CA glue, and many other names. All of these products are cyanoacrylate adhesives, but cyanoacrylates are not all created equally. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing Love for the Semper Fi Fund

January 22, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund treats the spouses of the Wounded Warrior Detachment from Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay Hawaii to dinner once a month – a night out to socialize with their peers and build strong bonds with each other. They sent this very special thank you message from Lanikai Beach to show their love and appreciation for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Athlete: Jose Ramos (TSF Member) at Jeep Half Ironman 70.3

January 21, 2013

Puerto Rico – Jose is one of our honorable injured service members on Team Semper Fi. He received a grant from the Semper Fi Fund to help with his recovery, and while he remains active he wants to pay it forward by fundraising to help other service members.

Please join his amazing efforts by donating to his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Edward Wells at Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail

January 21, 2013

Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail – Friends and family have asked, "what do you want to do for your 40th birthday?" I decided while jogging and thinking about this question. I hope that everyone participates with me. I want two things wrapped up into one event. First, a gesture of defiance to the BIG 40. Second, a gesture of gratitude. On February 23rd, I will be at Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail here in Austin and I'm going to run. I'm going to run until I can't run anymore. I'm going to do it for me and I'm going to do it for those that have made my 40 years possible, our veterans. For those that have sacrified their bodies, their minds and their families to ensure my family is safe. For my dad, my wife's grandfather and friends that served.

I want everyone out there to decide how much you want to give for every mile I run. The most I have run at one time in the last two years is 8 miles and I have not trained for this other than jogging 15 to 20 miles a week. Let's see how these old knees hold up!

Friends and family should come down to the trail and run with me. Those that don't want to run can camp out on the Zilker lawn and wave on each lap. You'll find us in Zilker at Lou Neff Point. We will make a little bit of difference for a few wounded veterans. Please join me, come on, its my 40th birthday! – Edward Wells

Support his efforts on his fundraising page!

Sergeant Shurvon Phillip: A Close Friend of the Semper Fi Fund

January 21, 2013

Sergeant Shurvon Phillip was finishing a patrol and returning to base in his HUMVEE when it was hit by an IED in May of 2005. All service members in the vehicle were injured, but Shurvon's injuries were the most severe. He suffered a broken left leg, lung blast, six broken ribs, and his jaw was broken in four places. Six days after the incident, Shurvon's brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in his traumatic brain injury. Shurvon is now paralyzed and unable to communicate with speech. Read the rest of this entry »

In Loving Memory of Musician First Class Kenneth Fennell (United States Navy)

January 17, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund sends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Navy Musician 1st Class Kenneth Fennell. On December 24, 2012, Kenneth passed away after a yearlong battle with a grade-four glioblastoma, (an inoperable brain tumor). Kenneth is survived by his wife, Bridgit, and their two children, John Christian (J.C.) and Emily. Read the rest of this entry »

Patriots Hockey checks Semper Fi Fund

January 16, 2013

By Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | DVIDS | | January 16, 2013

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A Southern California ice hockey team comprised of active and former service members made a huge play Jan. 13 when they presented the Semper Fi Fund with a check for $1,400.

The team, Patriots Hockey, raised the money at the ECHL’s Ontario Reign game Dec. 1 in Ontario, Calif. After spending three periods and an overtime in the corridors of Citizens Business Bank Arena, home of the Reign, raising money for the fund by selling Patriots Hockey t-shirts and accepting donations, the team then took the ice to take on Ontario Fire Department’s hockey team. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready, Set, Go: Second Annual Flight Line Dash

January 15, 2013

By Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza | DVIDS | | January 15, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – At 6 a.m., with the cold San Diego breeze making them shiver, volunteers with the Officers' Wives' Club hosted the second annual Flight Line Dash aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 12.

Approximately 500 members of the San Diego community ran to support and raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the MCAS Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the MCAS Miramar Children's Library. Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Redefined: Encouraging Veterans with physical disabilities to take on sports

January 15, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to have paratriathlete Michael Johnston on Team Semper Fi!

By Doug Williams | U.S. Paralympics | | January 15, 2013

Michael Johnston is a paratriathlete with hopes of competing in the sport’s Paralympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But he is also part of another mission: He’s trying to encourage fellow Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with physical disabilities to get involved in sports to help open doors to new activities, enrich their lives and get them moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »