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

Day of departure. Toran Gaal with Lisa Graves, Bella Graves, and Brian Riley.
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! 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.
(Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
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 »

Forever changed by bombings, couple remains “Boston Strong”

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April 15, 2015

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley | Don Dahler | APRIL 15, 2015, 8:26 PM | Link to Article and Video

BOSTON -- On April 15, 2013, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes had been married seven months when they stopped to watch the Boston Marathon. Their lives were changed forever by the homemade bombs that exploded at the finish line. Read the rest of this entry »

Vets ride to raise awareness, but not for themselves

Navy veteran Josh Sharpe, a world-class handcyclist who lost the use of his legs in a car accident in 1994, will take part in a 180-mile fundraising ride for multiple sclerosis research April 18-19.
(Photo: Courtesy of Team Semper Fi)
April 13, 2015

Marine Corps Times | By Leo Shane III, Staff writer | 11:02 a.m. EDT April 10, 2015 | Link to Article

Navy veteran Josh Sharpe, who lost the use of his legs in a car accident in 1994, will use a handcycle to travel the 180 miles from Houston to Austin, Texas, to raise awareness for his cause. Another 14 injured veterans will join, too, in the hopes of more public attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund take part in the BPMS150

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April 10, 2015

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to partner with BP America to send 15 Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund athletes to ride alongside Team BP in the BP MS 150, April 18-19, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Battle Brothers Reunited by The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation at the 2015 Celebrity Fight Night

Sgt. Gabriel Martinez, USMC (Ret.), Bob Parsons and Cpl. Justin Gaertner, USMC (Ret.)
March 28, 2015

On November 26, 2010, United States Marines Sergeant Gabriel Martinez and Corporal Justin Gaertner saw their lives irrevocably altered in a split-second, a moment that would forge a life-long bond. Today, for the first time in four years, the friends had a chance to reunite, thanks to The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation and Celebrity Fight Night. Here is their story. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Sergeant Mark Zambon: “I am fiercely proud of my sacrifice.”

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March 12, 2015

I had my digging knife with me,” says Staff Sgt Mark Zambon, recalling July 5, 2012, the day he reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. “I got to the top of the mountain, found an isolated spot on the rim of the volcano crater and dug a hole. The last time the knife hit dirt before that was Afghanistan soil.Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi’s Injured Veterans Finish Strong at Marine Corps Trials

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March 11, 2015

Injured Athletes Go for the Gold Building Confidence and Life-Long Bonds

For the fifth consecutive year, the injured veteran athletes of Team Semper Fi returned to compete for a coveted slot in the Warrior Games at the WWR Warrior Games Marine Corps Trials (MCT). Read the rest of this entry »