Saint Louis, MO -- The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) will be highlighted and Corporal Justin McLoud, USMC will be throwing out the first pitch, as part of the St. Louis Cardinals' opening ceremonies for their June 22, 2011 game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Also taking part in the ceremony will be Lance Corporal Tyler Huffman, USMC (wounded in action, paralyzed from waist-down) who will showcase his new, specially adapted Ford F-150 on the field, which was partially funded by the Semper Fi Fund. Corporal McLoud and Lance Corporal Huffman will greeted on the field by General and Mrs. James T. Conway (34th Commandant of the Marine Corps and SFF Board members), Cpl. Todd Nicely, USMC (wounded in action, quadruple amputee), and LCpl Mark Meirink, USMC (wounded in action, single amputee) and Lisa Holden (SFF Representative). General Conway and these injured Marines are all Missouri natives.
Cpl Justin McLoud is from Missouri, a husband and a proud father of his newborn son. He was three months into his third tour in Afghanistan when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on December 10, 2010. When the blast occurred he lost both of his legs above the knee and severely fractured his left arm. However, due to the extent of the damage to his arm he opted to amputate it above the elbow on Christmas Eve.
For the last six months, Justin has been going through recovery and rehabilitation. The Semper Fi Fund has been assisting Justin and his family during that time, providing Family Support grants, and will be there for Justin and his family as they progress in his recovery.
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