18 Holes, 11 Years, $1.9 Million … and Counting!

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August 26, 2015

Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Tee Off for the Semper Fi Fund!

This Sunday, August 30, the Missouri Friends of Injured Marines will tee off in support of wounded veterans at the annual General James T. Conway Golf Outing, with all proceeds donated to the Semper Fi Fund. Now in its 11th consecutive year, the highly-anticipated event is on track for another successful year and is set to break the $2 million dollar mark! Guests of honor are tournament namesake General Conway, the 34the Commandant of the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, Read the rest of this entry »

Double Rafter Cattle Drive – 2015

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August 24, 2015

Sheridan, WY - For the third year, Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program (JMHP) saddled up wounded, critically ill and injured active duty service members and veterans on an authentic cowboy adventure in the majestic Big Horn Mountains at the Double Rafter Ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming. For service members who dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl, this clinic gives them the experience of the way ranching was done 150 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

“Reach Out and Connect”

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August 16, 2015

Tyler is part of our Semper Fi Fund family and we are so very proud of him for sharing his passion and efforts in highlighting the needs for our service members to stay connected and reach out for help! Please help us spread Tyler’s message far and wide! Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Military Veterans Take On Utah Mountains

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August 8, 2015

Good 4 Utah | 08/06/2015 12:51 PM | 08/07/2015 11:57 AM | Link to Story
Twenty injured military veterans have been in Utah attending the first-sever Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund Mountain Biking Camp.

Tyler Burdick is one of them. He is originally from Salt Lake City, and is a United States Navy veteran and is a double below-the-knee amputee. He competes in many Team Semper Fi events such as the mountain biking camp. In addition to his Team Semper Fi events, he is a U.S. Paralympic Snowboarder. Read the rest of this entry »

Double amputee completes handcycle ride across US for wounded veterans

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August 2, 2015

Stars and Stripes | By Heath Druzin | Published: August 2, 2015 | Link to Article

ARLINGTON, Virginia — What started as a joke between Marines in a San Diego recovery room in the spring ended Sunday, more than 4,000 miles later in Virginia, as double amputee Toran Gaal hand-cranked his bike past the Marine Corps Memorial, through a row of American flags into the arms of his wife and children for the first time in two months. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded vets learn how to golf

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July 30, 2015

KUSA 9NEWS | Allison Sylte and Steve Staeger | KUSA 9:58 p.m. MDT July 28, 2015 | Link to Coverage

Englewood, CO - A group of veterans got to learn "the game of a lifetime" this week at Inverness Golf Club as part of the Team Semper Fi Golf Camp. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 07/28/15. KUSA Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund welcome General James F. Amos as new Chairman of the Board

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July 17, 2015

“We are excited to announce General Amos as our new Chairman of the Board of Directors,” said Karen Guenther, President, CEO, Founder of the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund. “We bid a fond farewell, and express our heartfelt gratitude to General Al Gray for his faithful service as our Chairman for the past 11 years.” Read the rest of this entry »

Toran & Brian’s Ride Across America

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July 5, 2015

Across the United States - Toran Gaal has set out to do a solo hand-cycle ride across America with Brian Riley following in a support vehicle, and his adventure will benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

UPDATE: Toran completes his Ride and, so far, has raised close to $50,000 for the Semper Fi Fund!

On August 2, 2015, Toran Gaal completed his journey of hand-cycling more than 4,000 miles to a warm reception of more than 100 supporters in Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »

Disfigured by war, veteran now says ‘I found my place’

United States Marine veteran Ronny "Tony" Porta, wounded in Iraq in 2007, with his wife, Deicy Porta, in the master bedroom of his new "smart" home.
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July 4, 2015

USA TODAY | Gregg Zoroya | 3:06 p.m. EDT July 3, 2015 | Link to Article

LOVETTSVILLE, Va. — Ronny "Tony" Porta was searching for a place where people could see past the disfigurement left by war, where cruel mutterings about his appearance or unfeeling questions about whether such wounds were "worth it" did not exist.

More than two years later, Porta says, "I found my place." Read the rest of this entry »

Department of Defense Warrior Games – 2015

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June 10, 2015

Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA - Nearly 200 wounded, ill, or injured athletes will compete in this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games to inspire others, celebrate recovery, and earn bragging rights for their branch. Athletes from across the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the British Armed Forces will have the opportunity to compete in eight different sports to be held over nine days at Marine Corps Base Quantico, June 19-28, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Double Amputee Starts 52-Day Cross-Country Fundraising Journey to Arlington on Bike

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June 1, 2015

NBC-7 San Diego | By Samantha Tatro | Published at 1:55 PM PDT on Jun 1, 2015 | Updated at 10:53 AM PDT on Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 | Link to Coverage

A San Diego-area veteran who lost both of his legs while fighting in Afghanistan is hand-cycling to Arlington, Virginia, on a 52-day journey to raise money for charity.
Toran Gaal, of Escondido, started his journey Monday in downtown San Diego for his Ride Across America. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marine Officer Breaks World Record Plank to Benefit Semper Fi Fund

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June 1, 2015

George Hood, 57, spent a total of five hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds in the abdominal plank position on Saturday in Oceanside
NBC San Diego | By Monica Garske | Published at 6:30 PM PDT on May 30, 2015 | Updated at 12:37 PM PDT on Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Link to story | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook Read the rest of this entry »

First Lieutenant Micah Andersen: “Very little has changed except my shoe size”

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May 24, 2015

Born in Arco, Idaho, and raised in Idaho and New Mexico (his family moved to Los Alamos when he was an adolescent), First Lieutenant Micah Andersen has always enjoyed school, athletics and the outdoors. Growing up, Micah loved hiking, camping and shooting, and enjoyed being out in nature with his friends and family. He played rugby in high school and college, and is an avid reader with an inquisitive mind. He attended Boise State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in military science. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Caregiver’s Retreat

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May 21, 2015

Ramblings of a Marine Wife | May 20, 2015 | By Kara | Link to Story

This past weekend, I attended a retreat for caregivers of wounded warriors, organized by the Semper Fi Fund and the America’s Fund. I honestly didn’t feel like I was entitled to go, but the husband’s case manager insisted I should. The weekend was all about relaxing our minds and bodies. There was about 33 of us, mostly wives, but a few moms as well. I had a previously met a few girls, but overall, I really didn’t know anyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veterans back in the saddle

Rebecca Fletcher of Deale, Maryland, and fellow Marines ride Friday during the Semper Fi Fund and Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program clinic at the Canton Multipurpose and Equine Center in Madison County. The horsemanship program and inaugural Dixie Challenge continues through Sunday.
(Photo: Photos by Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger)
April 27, 2015

The Clarion-Ledger | Jacob Threadgill | April 24, 2015, 9:34 p.m. CDT | Link to Article

Canton, MS - There was always one soothing thought commanding officer John Mayer would share with his machine gunner Carlos Rochel during the difficult times of two tours of duty in Iraq, "nothing is better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse."

Rochel is one of 16 veterans, 14 of which are Marines, in Canton through the weekend competing in the inaugural Dixie Challenge through the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, which is sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »