MEDIA ALERT – Injured Veteran and Paralympian Comes to End of Cross-Country Fundraising Journey

April 9th, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Double-amputee completes extraordinary feat with welcome home hosted by Semper Fi Fund

WHAT: Six months ago, Rob Jones embarked upon the journey of a lifetime, trekking over 5000 miles from coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for veteran charities, including the Semper Fi Fund, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, and Ride 2 Recovery. Next week, the U.S. Paralympian and injured veteran finally ends his incredible journey in San Diego, and Semper Fi Fund will be hosting his welcome home.
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WHO: Double amputee and Paralympian Rob Jones, a former Marine combat engineer wounded in Afghanistan.

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 11:30am - 2pm: Finish & Celebration at Del Mar Beach, Camp Pendleton

WHERE: Field Medical Training Battalion C Street/IMHOFF Road (across from the MEF building); Del Mar 21 area, Camp Pendleton

A hero’s welcome awaits on Saturday, April 12, at Camp Pendleton, complete with local and national dignitaries, senior military officials and several surprise guests.

For additional information and to schedule interviews contact: Laura Castellvi, Senior Manager, Outreach & Events, 760.207.0887 or laura.castellvi@semperfifund.org

About Rob Jones Journey
Rob Jones began his journey to raise funds and awareness for three veteran charities, the Semper Fi Fund, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Ride 2 Recovery, pedaling his bicycle across the nation with prosthetic legs. All cash donations made through his web site, www.RobJonesJourney.com, are passing directly through to the charities.
Rob left from Bar Harbor, Maine, on October 14 and headed south along the Atlantic seaboard to Blacksburg, VA, where he pivoted west and began the cross-continental march to San Francisco. He is now near Los Angeles and on the home stretch toward his personal finish line in San Diego. By then, he will have covered 5,400 miles, averaging 30 miles per day.

During his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, the Marine combat engineer was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in double above-knee amputations of both his legs. In 2012, he and his partner won a Bronze Medal at the Paralympic Games in London in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls event. He has competed in the Marine Corps 10K (6.2 miles), the Army 10-Miler, the Charlottesville Half Marathon, the CFI Mini Triathlon and the Nation’s Olympic Distance Triathlon (a .9-mile swim, 24-mile bike, and a 6.2-mile run). Rob was named USA Rowing’s 2012 Man of the Year.
To learn more about, and to support, Rob’s cross-country bike trip, please visit www.RobJonesJourney.com.

About Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund

Semper Fi Fund, and its program America's Fund, are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, directing urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves. Semper Fi Fund has been working with wounded service members since 2004, offering assistance to lessen the burden for those who need it most. The Semper Fi Fund's streamlined structure keeps overhead very low, 6%; they are also one of three veteran charities to receive an "A+" rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy, and a "Four Star" rating from Charity Navigator.

The Semper Fi Fund has given more than 70,000 grants totaling $88 million+ to over 11,000 service members and their families. For more information visit https://SemperFiFund.org/