Staff Sergeant Andy Robinson, USMC (Ret.)

May 15, 2014


FROM DAY ONE... AND FOR A LIFETIME

“Military life changes a person,” says Andy Robinson. “Combat changes a person.”

Andy, a Marine Staff Sergeant who served with the 1st Intelligence Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton in San Diego,California, was changed by combat in some of the most profound ways imaginable. He was on patrol in al-Anbar Province in Iraq on June 20, 2006, when insurgents detonated an improvised explosive device beneath his truck. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Chris Fesmire, USMC (Ret.)

May 15, 2014

Born and raised in a Philadelphia suburb, Chris had just left Penn State when he decided to join the Marines. “I wanted to get out and see the world,” he said. “I wanted some excitement and adventure.”

On October 10, 2004, Chris was on security patrol in the al-Anbar Province of Iraq. It was his fourth deployment. The Humvee he was in hit an anti-tank mine and claimed both his legs. Read the rest of this entry »

HM3 Joe-Dan “Doc” Worley, USN (Ret.)

May 15, 2014

Joe-Dan enlisted in March 2003 about a year-and-a-half after getting married. He turned 22 during basic training and deployed to Fallujah in Iraq on March 1, 2004. On September 17, 2004, he stepped on an IED while running to help others in his convoy. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Shurvon Phillip, USMC (Ret.)

May 15, 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain Chris Ayres, USMC (Ret.)

May 15, 2014

Chris enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995. Nearly a decadelater, in April 2004, a
rocket grenade attack in Fallujah nearly claimed his life. Shortly thereafter, at 34 years of age, he became the very first beneficiary of assistance from the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Sergeant Octavio Sanchez, USMC (Ret.)

May 15, 2014

Growing up in Fontana, California (east of Los Angeles), Octavio was intrigued by service professionals such as police officers, firefighters and military.

He enlisted in August 1998 after graduating high school, and re-enlisted in 2001.

On June 16, 2005, during his first combat deployment (to Ramadi in Iraq), Octavio was trapped inside a burning vehicle following an IED blast and suffered third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body. Read the rest of this entry »

YOU CAN LEAD A MARINE TO WATER…

May 14, 2014

There are a lot of ways to help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund that we’ve posted to our fundraising page—but none of them involve kayaking 2,552 miles from one end of the Mississippi River to the other.

That’s exactly what Marine Corporal Nic Doucette is planning to do beginning May 31, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Jefferson native kayaking Mississippi to aid fellow vets

May 9, 2014

The Daily Union | By Chris Welch, Union staff writer | Link to Article | Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:56 am | Updated: 10:15 am, Wed May 7, 2014.

JEFFERSON, WI — Jefferson native Nic Doucette soon will help his friends and fellow veterans by traveling 2,552 miles ... by kayak.

But first, he needs your help. Read the rest of this entry »

Birdie Drive for Semper Fi

May 9, 2014

Conway, AR – Hayden Williams and Justin Adkisson are asking for personal and corporate pledges for every birdie recorded by their team during a three day golf tournament. The Golf Pro at the Conway Country Club will validate every birdie made. Read the rest of this entry »

6th Annual Stars and Stripes Charity Tournament

May 9, 2014

Nokesville, VA – Two brothers, both Army veterans, will host their 6th Annual Stars and Stripes Charity Softball Tournament. They are looking for 8 teams for this COED tournament which will be one day only and every team is guaranteed to play three games. Read the rest of this entry »

Patriots Hockey – Charity Ice Hockey Game

May 6, 2014

Aliso Viejo CA - Are you a big Hockey fan? Be sure to come out and watch the Patriots Hockey team face off against the Anaheim Police Departments' SoCal Leafs in an exciting Ice hockey game to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Operation Appreciation

May 6, 2014

Oceanside, CA - As a way of showing our appreciation for our military families, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce wants to invite you to enjoy a day of festivities at "Operation Appreciation." Come enjoy free food, music and lots of games and activities for kids. Please stop by the Semper Fi Fund booth near the band shell and eating area. Read the rest of this entry »

Recipes from Across the World

May 6, 2014

The new cookbook to help raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund; “Recipes From Across The World” has just been published! This cookbook contains recipes from Marine family members and supporters, and reflects their heritage and/or experiences while stationed in different countries across the world. Read the rest of this entry »

You. Are. Beautiful.

May 6, 2014

Thi Linh Wernau is an artist who is honoring wounded veterans as a part of her ongoing series, “You. Are. Beautiful.” It's a project about celebrating the human spirit and beauty in all people. She recently photographed and filmed 9 injured Marine veterans in and around Camp Pendleton. Read the rest of this entry »

Lorri Zenoni – Fuel Trainer

May 6, 2014

Food is Fuel! Lorri Zenoni, DrPh, a Nutrition Coach, Fuel Trainer and a wife of a U.S. Marine, wants to help you with the right fuel at the right time to aid in your sports and life performance. She can help you with weight loss, gain or maintenance, as well as energy and performance. Lorri can even help you to be fueled properly for your PFT! 10% of the proceeds from her business will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »