Camp Pendleton, CA â€“ On May 17, 2011 the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund celebrates 7 years of supporting injured and critically ill service members and their families!
The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) was founded in May of 2004 by Karen Guenther, who at that time was a registered nurse at the Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital and spouse of an active duty Marine. While working as a nurse, Karen saw first-hand the challenges wounded Marines and Sailors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families were facing. She, along with a dedicated group of military spouses began to organize â€œWelcome Homeâ€ activities in the Spring of 2003 but as they realized they need for their services, they expanded their team and their efforts and set the goal of becoming a nationwide nonprofit. On May 17, 2004, they were officially incorporated as the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
â€œIt is through the incredible love and support of a grateful nation that we have been able to assist over 6,000 wounded service members and their families since our first day of operations (May 17th, 2004) with over $49.5 million in assistance and 30,000 grants!!â€ said Karen â€œIt is truly proof of the love our country has for our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen!â€
Thanks to the support of very dedicated donors, the SFF has been able to assist over 6,000 wounded service members and their families since their first day of operations. The SFF will continue to be there for the many newly wounded service members returning from Afghanistan as well as maintain support for those assisted in the past 7 years. Since injuries are often severe, and the road to recovery or rehabilitation can be long and costly, the SFFâ€™s goal is to continue serve those who have given so much in the name of freedom.
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