Hugh Hewitt Memorial Day Show 2015

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May 13, 2015

Dear Semper Fi Fund Family and Friends,

Monday is Memorial Day, a time when we come together as a country to remember the men and women of the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all.

It’s a day on which our nation experiences a great many emotions. We cry for those we have lost, and we make it a point to spend some time with those we love and to appreciate our military. We think about those who currently serve around the world, and we ache to help those who have been so deeply wounded as part of their service. 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 »

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Matches Cristie Kerr’s LPGA Winnings with Almost One Million Dollar Donation!

A donation of $1 million was made to the Semper Fi Fund to match the 2014 LPGA winnings of pro golfer Cristie Kerr. Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
March 25, 2015

PHOENIX, AZ (March 19, 2015) – Last week, the Semper FI Fund received a very special gift from our dear friends and supporters, Bob and Renee Parsons: a check for nearly one million dollars, matching the 2014 LPGA Tour winnings of champion golfer Cristie Kerr! Read the rest of this entry »

6th Annual Boca Royale Semper Fi Golf Tournament Rallies Support for Injured Veterans, Unites Generations of Military Families

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March 21, 2015

This month, the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club hosts the 6th Annual Semper Fi Fund Golf Tournament, a fundraising event that’s raised over half a million dollars and counting for wounded, critically ill and injured veterans. 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 »

On Your Mark … Get Set … Register for the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon!

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February 19, 2015

Washington, DC - Registration is now open for the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon, to be held October 25 in Washington, DC. Here are 10 reasons why YOU need to register as a marathoner or a volunteer today and join our 2015 Semper Fi Fund Marine Corps Marathon Team: Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Crosses $100 Million Milestone Mark In Assistance to Wounded Veterans

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January 28, 2015

Over 13,000 Injured Service Members and Families Assisted by Veteran Nonprofit

QUANTICO, VA - The Semper Fi Fund is proud to announce a major milestone and incredible achievement: closing out its 10th anniversary year, the veteran nonprofit has now given out a total of over $100 million in assistance to wounded, critically ill and injured service members and their families. What’s more, the Semper Fi Fund has done so while maintaining an overhead of just 6%; meaning almost every cent they bring in goes directly to those who need and deserve it most. Read the rest of this entry »

“… and Their Families.”

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January 26, 2015

“Our jobs are hard,” says Vickki, whose husband enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1982 and became a double amputee in 2009 after being wounded in Afghanistan. “You’re going through a horrendous time to begin with, everything is uprooted, you never know what’s going to happen next. You’re so concentrated on your spouse’s care, so much gets forgotten—the house, the bills. The caregiver is the one juggling all these things. It’s constant. You’re a caregiver 24/7, but we wouldn't give it up for the world. Sure, I'd like to have a different life, but this is my life.” Read the rest of this entry »

You Did It Again: Your $6 Million Has Become $12 Million!

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January 9, 2015

Wow! What a way to start the New Year!

$12 Million for our wounded, critically ill, and injured service members and their families. The lives that will be touched by this brings goosebumps to our team!! Read the rest of this entry »

Developer and Semper Fi Fund Donate Home to Veteran

Christmas came early Dec. 23 for U.S. Marine Matt Todd when this home was donated to him by the Semper Fi Fund and Greentree Development Group LLC.
January 2, 2015

Construction Equipment Guide | Region: Northeast Edition | StoryID: 24211 | Published On: 12/31/2014

Haskell, NJ - Christmas came early Tuesday, Dec. 23, for former U.S. Marine Matt Todd. Read the rest of this entry »