Aloha—Semper Fi Style

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January 21, 2014

Kailua, Hawaii - “Aloha” in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion and mercy—all qualities that are found in abundance among those who work with, volunteer for and are helped by the Semper Fi Fund.

All qualities, too, that are found in abundance at the monthly Semper Fi Fund spouses’ dinners held at various restaurants around Hawaii’s Oahu island, Read the rest of this entry »

5 great gift ideas that keep on giving!

Holiday Donation Card
December 10, 2012

Looking for the perfect present this holiday season? Your friends, loved ones, or coworkers will be honored to know that the gift they receive also supports our nation's recovering service members.

 Members of our military have sacrificed for our freedom to celebrate this holiday season. They have given so much, now it is our turn. Please help us bring them love and care during this season of peace and hope.

Check out these awesome gift ideas for everyone on your list! Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded warriors inspire many as special guests at Sky Ball X Event!

Staff Sgt John Jones
November 3, 2012

Semper Fi Fund was proud to partner recently with The Fort Worth Airpower Foundation as a beneficiary of the 10th Annual SkyBall X event held in Fort Worth, Texas.  Sky Ball X has raised more than $3.5 million dollars in recent years to help  Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks for Supporting the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)

marine corps marathon logo 2012
October 28, 2012

Special thanks to all supporters who came out for the 37th Marine Corps Marathon to cheer on our Team Semper Fi, and thanks to all of our runners who raised awareness and love for our crucial mission!

Check out what happened over the MCM weekend: Read the rest of this entry »

Partnership with Tunnel-to-Towers Foundation lends meaning to 9/11 loss; provides independence for injured veterans.

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers
October 6, 2012

Eleven years ago, on 9/11, firefighter Stephen Siller ran through the Battery Tunnel with sixty pounds of gear on his back on his way to the Twin Towers to meet up with his own company, Squad 1. Stephen's life and heroic death serve as reminder that life is precious.   

The  Tunnel to Towers Run  began as a way to honor Stephen and all 343 fallen firefighters, as well as the most severely injured post 9/11 veterans. On Sept 30th, we traveled Stephen's route once again, together with Read the rest of this entry »

3 Generations of Marines “Ride for Heroes” to Support Injured Service Members

Ride for Heroes Feature
August 10, 2012

October 21, 2010 was a day like no other for Ben Maenza, a Combat Engineer with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines serving in Afghanistan. That was the day Ben encountered an IED, resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and shrapnel wounds to his face and torso. Every day since, Ben has worked diligently at his hard-earned recovery.

Recently, Ben met Troy McLehany, Dennis McLaughlin, and John Gerlaugh at an event on the Intrepid. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to “Help a Hero” this summer!

Team Semper Fi
July 5, 2012

Independence Day reminds us of the sacrifices made by those who continue to preserve our freedom.   Many of these injured heroes are just beginning their journey on the road to recovery.  Want to make a difference?  Join us!   Together we can help a hero become independent!

Here's how: Read the rest of this entry »

SFF Blog: Engaged couple share their love by requesting donations in lieu of wedding gifts!

Semper Fi Fund supporters Pool and Weiskopf
April 23, 2012

A match a wedding?  Marine helicopter pilot Major Russ Pool and Army Public Affairs Officer Allie Weiskopf became acquainted while on active duty.  A change of orders for Russ prevented him from deploying a 6th time and transferred him to Quantico, making possible their chance meeting at a mutual friend's wedding. Read the rest of this entry »

SFF Blog: Fire Stations across America graciously host Rick Hermelin during his “100 Days for the Corps!”

Semper Fi Fund's Rick Hermelin with Slidell LA Fire Chief
April 20, 2012

"It has really been helpful knowing I have a place to stay ahead of arriving at a destination" says Rick Hermelin, a 71 year old former Marine,  who is traveling "100 Days for the Corps" across the US on an Elliptigo to raise awareness and support for the Semper Fi Fund.

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5 Amazing ways supporters helped our injured and ill veterans this year!

Skate for the Troops
March 4, 2012

This past year many Semper Fi Fund supporters have helped our injured and critically ill service members by hosting and participating in athletic events such as the Ride for Semper Fi and the Col Ripley Run.  Many of us are aware that these and other sporting events are a great way to help our heroes while staying active. We've found some other creative and ingenious ways supporters have made it possible for us to continue serving those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Marine recovers from injuries with support of Family, Friends, and the Semper Fi Fund!

February 9, 2012

Cpl Colin Faust

While serving in Afghanistan, Marine Cpl Colin Faust suffered an IED blast which changed his life forever.  Colin's injuries were severe.  His left leg was amputated above the knee.  His right leg was severely damaged as was his left lower arm.  After countless surgeries, skin grafts, and months of grueling rehabilitation, Colin is still in the fight for recovery!
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Good Morning America awards Semper Fi Fund supporters, Derek and Courtney Whitis, in holiday light display contest!

December 16, 2011

Inspiring holiday light display wins Good Morning America contest!

Congratulations to the Whitis Family!  Good Morning America announced  today that Derek and Courtney won the “My lights are better than your lights” contest!   We appreciate all that they have done to honor our veterans and share our critical mission so that we may continue to serve those who preserve our freedom!

Click on the GMA link above to see the live announcement which aired this morning.  Also, see our recent blog post  about the Whitis Family to view the music video and see what inspired them to undertake such a labor intensive and inspiring project! Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund supporters create holiday light display to honor military and inspire others to thank our veterans.

December 6, 2011


One month, some heavy machinery, 7 laborers, and 170,ooo  lights later, it's ready for prime time!  Derek and Courtney Whitis light their SouthWood, Florida home every holiday season.  This year, they’ve outdone themselves!

The whole thing took months of planning and about four weeks of installation with heavy equipment. While the display will likely send the Whitis family’s electric bill sky high, Courtney Whitis says that the cost of the display is “nothing in comparison to what the troops do every day for our freedom.”   Derek shares that "the end goal is to say thanks to the troops for all that they do and hope that everyone who sees the video takes a second to say 'thank you' to all those that have served, are serving, and will serve.    Freedom truly is free, as long as we have American troops paying that debt.  Our troops make it possible for us to live our lives and enjoy our liberties - we can't thank them enough!" Read the rest of this entry »

Eighteen Marines, One Mission: Hike 1,000 miles to support injured veterans through the Semper Fi Fund

November 18, 2011

Eighteen Marines, One Mission:   Hike the 1,000 mile "Mountains -to-Sea Trail" in North Carolina to support injured Marines through the Semper Fi Fund.

The 42-day journey began October 2nd at Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains and ended at Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Community Athlete runs Marine Corps Marathon to honor Grandfather, assist injured heroes

October 25, 2011
"Papa was some kind of a Superhero that disguised himself and went out to save the world when we grandchildren were not around."  
        Colin Norgaard discovered this as a boy while  rummaging through his grandfather's things. "I remember opening up that old steamer chest" he says, "to see medals, patches, an American Flag, and old photos of my "young" grandfather in his military uniform. It was truly a sight for my young eyes to discover that Papa was more than just a grumpy old man who told me what needed to be done for the ways of the world."
       PVT Wesley G. Norgaard served in the 4th Marine Division, 24th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company I in the central Pacific at the Battle of Iwo Jima.  He put his life on the line to help his platoon survive one of the greatest victories this country ever accomplished.
       What follows is an excerpt from a letter Colin wrote, sharing with us why his grandfather is his inspiration for running the Marine Corps Marathon:   "For God and Country" I'd hear him say as he told me tear struck stories about the "Old Glory Days."   My grandfather told me these stories with passion in his eyes and a limp to his walk; reliving a piece of history.   Read the rest of this entry »