Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda

July 18, 2014

Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda - Fallujah Redux is the first book about the Fallujah Awakening written by Operation Iraqi Freedom military veterans who served there, providing a comprehensive account of the turning of Fallujah away from the al-Qaeda insurgency in 2007. The city of Fallujah will long be associated with some of the worst violence and brutality of the Iraq War. Initially occupied by U.S. forces in 2003, it eventually served as the headquarters for numerous insurgent groups operating west of Baghdad, including al-Qaeda in Iraq and its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, until forcibly retaken at the end of 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney received 2014 Pat Tillman Service Award on ESPN!

July 17, 2014

Team Semper Fi member and 2014 Team USA Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Josh Sweeney, who scored the winning goal against Russia, is received the first ever Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by ESPN and the Pat Tillman Foundation at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16th at 9pm ET (http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/). Josh was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both legs in October 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund Saddle Up For Doublerafter Cattle Drive

July 11, 2014

Injured Veteran Athletes Gear Up for Cowboy-Style Adventure

RANCHESTER, WY July 11, 2014 - Next week, from July 15 to July 18, the injured veterans of Team Semper Fi (TSF) and Team America’s Fund (TAmF) are saddling up for the adventure of a lifetime: for four days and three nights, these athletes will become cowboys, driving cattle through the mountains of Wyoming for the Doublerafter Cattle Drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Shootout for Soldiers – Long Island, NY

July 10, 2014

Long Island, NY - Shootout For Soldiers is a 24 hour lacrosse game benefiting wounded American soldiers. Participants will play during a particular time slot for either of the two teams – Stars or Stripes – with fellow participants roughly their same age and skill. Through the common bond of lacrosse, the goal is to raise significant funds for wounded American soldiers as well as establish a stronger connection with local veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

On Wisconsin: Danger and hospitality on the Mississippi River

July 7, 2014

July 06, 2014 8:00 am | By Barry Adams | Wisconsin State Journal | Link to Article

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN – The mosquitoes are thick, the storms relentless and the river high.

This is a dangerous time to be on the rain-swollen Mississippi River, especially for those with little experience on the water.

The current is deadly. Debris is prolific, often out of sight but just below the murky surface. The conditions have limited recreational traffic, but barges and winds persist, teaming at times to create waves that could easily swamp a kayak. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Josue Barron, USMC (Ret.)

July 7, 2014

Growing up in Los Angeles, Josue was the middle child of seven kids being raised by a single mother. He played a lot of street basketball and got involved in the L.A. gang scene.

“I started in the gangs when I was 14,” Josue recalls. “By the time I was 17, I had done so much, I was tired of it. Most of the gang members were getting nowhere, and as I was getting older, I saw that was not the life I wanted to live. I wanted to change Read the rest of this entry »

Young, active war wounded pushing medical science

July 5, 2014

Merced Sun Star | by JULIE WATSON | Associated Press | July 3, 2014 | Link to Article

SAN DIEGO — The blood is not the most jarring part of the photograph taken shortly after the bomb blew off Marine Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer’s leg and hand.

It’s his smile.

The bomb technician had asked a team member to take the picture. He knew his defiance in the face of death would keep his comrades going and ease the torment caused by what they had witnessed. Read the rest of this entry »

Trophy Club Salutes Wounded Warriors 2014

July 5, 2014

Trophy Club, TX – The Trophy Club Salutes Wounded Warriors, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 whose mission is to raise money in support of wounded warriors and direct these proceeds to other 501(c)3 organizations. TCSWW is planning a wonderful weekend with an exciting Silent Auction and Banquet, great Golf, and amazing Texas weather for the 5K and 10K Run. Please visit www.tcsww.org for more info. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine on Horseback Fights for Fellow Veterans

July 4, 2014

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:26 PM EDT | Updated: Jun 26, 2014 9:32 PM EDT | By Kristin Tallent, Anchor/Reporter - email | Link to Article

TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) - Saddling up for those who have fought for our country.

Marine veteran Matt Littrell, who served two tours in Iraq, is riding his horse coast-to-coast hoping to raise money for wounded and critically-ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

His trip is not just about raising money; it's about letting American heroes know they still matter, once their service is finished. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marines intend to kayak length of Mississippi to raise money for veterans’ charity

July 3, 2014

Article by: Associated Press | Updated: July 1, 2014 - 7:50 PM | Link to Article in Minneapolis Star Tribune

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Two former Marines are raising money for a charity by kayaking the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Checker Star makes donation to benefit injured service members

July 3, 2014

KTNV ABC Channel 13 | By Dyuce Woodson | CREATED Jun 24, 2014 | Link to Article

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Taxicab company Yellow Checker Star donated $5,000 to the Semper Fi Fund on Tuesday.

The donation contributes to financial assistance and additional services the nonprofit provides for military service men and women, veterans and their families, not just in Nevada but across the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Independence Day!

July 3, 2014

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

These words, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, make up what is probably the most famous passage in the Declaration of Independence, the document our nation celebrates each July 4.

As I think about Independence Day, I can’t help but think about the service members in all branches of the military who have made sacrifices Read the rest of this entry »

SURVIVE. RECOVER. LIVE. See Rob Jones’ documentary of his journey!

July 3, 2014

We all watched in amazement as Rob Jones embarked on his incredible 5,181 mile cross-country bicycle journey to bring support and awareness to our wounded, the Semper Fi Fund and others. Today, Rob released a documentary of his bike ride and it's filled with heart-warming insight to his humble grit and determination, and the challenges he faced while accomplishing his ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Rotten Cake Clothing and She Squats Clothing

July 2, 2014

Rotten Cake Clothing and She Squats Clothing - are North Carolina based work-out apparel companies owned and operated by a US Marine family. Please visit the websites to view and purchase their apparel and if you use the promo code SFF, 20% of all profits will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

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Fire guts, closes popular West Hills bicycle shop

July 1, 2014

Contra Costa Times | Brenda Gazzar | Posted: 06/29/2014 02:07:01 PM PDT | Link to Article

An apparent electrical fire late Saturday gutted the popular Spoke N’ Wheel Bicycles in West Hills forcing the owners to indefinitely close the shop.

Managing partner Jody Millard estimated at least one million dollars worth of damages from the blaze. Read the rest of this entry »