Forever changed by bombings, couple remains “Boston Strong”

Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky's engagement photo. PATRICK DOWNES AND JESSICA KENSKY/CBS NEWS
April 15, 2015

CBS Evening News | 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 »

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 »

Drop and #GiveMe10: Pushups…Dollars…or both!

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December 14, 2014

Here’s a challenge for you: Injured service member BJ Ganem has issued a challenge ​on Facebook​ to Drop and #GiveMe10!

​The challenge is to ​do 10 push ups or donate $10 to Semper Fi Fund or America’s Fund - or go ahead and do both!

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Vet Crosses Country on Horseback for PTSD Awareness

A Marine Corps veteran has come to Camp Pendleton after traveling across the country on horseback to raise awareness for veterans dealing with physical and emotional pain. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports on Nov. 30, 2014. (Published Monday, Dec 1, 2014)
December 1, 2014

NBC San Diego | Monday, Dec 1, 2014 • Updated at 12:13 PM PST | By Liberty Zabala | Link to Article | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

A Marine Corps veteran has come home to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California, after traveling across the country entirely on horseback. Read the rest of this entry »

Master Sergeant Cedric K., USA

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November 24, 2014

“I had a bad day at work,” Cedric says, recalling July 25, 2012—the day he stepped on an IED. “My bad day at work just happened to be a day that changed my life. Someone has a bad day at work, they lose their job; I kept my job, but I lost my legs.” Read the rest of this entry »