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 »

Journey Downstream

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November 20, 2014

WISCONSIN LIFE | Journey Downstream | Aired: 11/17/201405:26 | Rating: TV-G
As a Marine serving in Afghanistan, Nic Doucette faced challenges often. But as a college student at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, Nic set out in search of new challenges and new ways to help others. His choice: kayaking the length of the Mississippi River to raise money for injured veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

Founder of charity for wounded troops receives joint-service award

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November 19, 2014

Military Times | By Karen Jowers, Staff Writer | 1:19 p.m. EST November 19, 2014 | Link to Article

The president of Semper Fi Fund, a charity that provides immediate and continuing support to critically wounded, ill and injured service members and their families, has been awarded the joint-service civilian humanitarian award.

Karen Guenther received the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony Nov. 17 at the Pentagon. Read the rest of this entry »

Concert for Valor inspires outpouring of donations to nonprofits that help veterans

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November 17, 2014

Washington Post | By John Woodrow Cox | Email John | Follow @JohnWoodrowCox | November 12 at 7:40 PM | Link to Article and Photo Gallery

Before introducing rock star Dave Grohl at Tuesday night’s Concert for Valor, film legend Meryl Streep told those packed onto the Mall and watching on HBO about something more important.

“Please: Go to theconcertforvalor.com and read about the veterans service organizations like Semper Fi Fund and Give an Hour and Soldier On,” she said. “Find your way to give and honor the valor of those who serve.” Read the rest of this entry »

For Love of Country book to benefit Semper Fi Fund

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November 17, 2014

For Love of Country, a new book co-authored by Starbucks Chairman, President, and CEO Howard Schultz and award-winning Washington Post Senior Correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran, is a celebration of the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice of post-9/11 American veterans on the battlefield and their equally valuable contributions on the home front. The Semper Fi Fund has been named a beneficiary of donated author proceeds from the book, which will be published by Knopf on November 4th. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund to Deliver 9000+ Ornaments to Purple Heart Recipients this Holiday Season

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November 17, 2014

Dale City, VA November 16, 2014 – For the sixth consecutive year, the Semper Fi Fund will deliver holiday cheer to post-9/11 injured Marines who received the Purple Heart. This past weekend, a team of incredible volunteers packed up 9000 holiday ornaments at their annual Purple Heart Ornament Packing Party at the VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, VA, and prepared them for shipment to wounded Marines across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund’s Horsemanship Program Offers Peace to Veterans

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November 6, 2014

New York Times | By DAVE CALDWELL | NOV. 6, 2014 | Link to Article

Eleven years after he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident that no one thought he would survive, Mike Johnston found himself on a horse last spring, a cowboy for a week, herding cattle through rolling Wyoming terrain with a dozen other former and current members of the United States military. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Matthew B., USMC (Ret.)

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November 3, 2014

“Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I don’t have vision. I believe God kept me alive for a reason, and that’s to tell my story.”

So says Marine Corporal Matthew B — the first blinded amputee in history to re-enlist in the Corps.

Matt’s story begins in Petersburg, Virginia, where he was born; and in Winchester, Kentucky, where he was raised. He was always interested in sports, playing baseball until he was 13 and starting with basketball during his freshman year of high school. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Raise $10 Million to Celebrate 10 Years… Join the 10 for 10 Challenge!

November 2, 2014

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, to match donations dollar-for-dollar to Semper Fi Fund

This November, the Semper Fi Fund rounds out its 10th anniversary year with the 10 for 10 Challenge – a matching campaign with the potential to raise $10 million for wounded, critically ill and injured veterans. The challenge, issued by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, is one of the largest matching campaigns in the history of veteran nonprofits. Through December 31, 2014, all donations to the Semper Fi Fund and Americas Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Cody S., USA (Ret.)

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November 2, 2014

“I want people to know that we are at war, and we still have guys getting injured all the time,” said Nancy, the mother of Corporal Cody S. “The day after Cody was injured, I did an interview—I wanted people to know that this is happening. I don't think people are really aware. All these guys need support.”

Born and raised in North Carolina, Cody was planning on being a missionary before he enlisted in the Army.
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GoDaddy Founder Doubles Up His Year-End Donation for Veterans’ Care

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November 1, 2014

The Chronicle of Philanthropy | November 24, 2014 | By Tom Held |Link to Article
For the second year in a row, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is doubling up his year-end matching-gift push to raise money for wounded veterans through the Semper Fi Fund.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation pledged $5-million as a matching gift this year after Mr. Parsons offered matching grants of $1-million in 2012 and $2.5-million in 2013, with support from GoDaddy Cares. Read the rest of this entry »

Hugh Hewitt Veterans Day Show 2014

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October 30, 2014

San Diego, CA and National - This This Veteran's Day, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Hugh Hewitt, will be hosting his annual three hour special on the Semper Fi Fund at 3:00PM PST, as we celebrate a Decade of Dedication supporting our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members and their families. Hugh will be talking to our service members about their injuries, their recoveries and the assistance they've received from the Semper Fi Fund and our America's Fund Program, and highlighting 10 inspiring years of serving those who preserve our freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2014 39th Marine Corps Marathon: We Can’t Thank Everyone Enough!

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October 29, 2014

Here’s the bottom line up top: The weekend of October 23-26 was absolutely amazing!

It marked the 39th running of the Marine Corps Marathon--and the 10th year that the Semper Fi Fund has been involved with this incredible and inspirational event. Of the 27,422 entrants in this year’s Marathon, more than 900 runners and cyclists participated as Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes (more than 730 of them!) and members of Team Semper Fi and Team America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »