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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
“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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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 »
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 »
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 »
Washington, DC - A Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan will be one of dozens of handcyclists racing alongside runners in the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday.
Sgt. Michael Frazier was introduced to his first handcycle while being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the explosion. Frazier has also served three tours in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »
Semper Fi Fund Returns to Marine Corps Marathon 900+ Strong to Raise Funds and Awareness for Injured Veterans
Washington, DC – On Sunday, October 26th, before most of us have even had our morning coffee, a sea of red-shirted runners and hand-cyclists will queue up for the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund. For the fifth year in a row, the Semper Fi Fund will be the MCM’s largest charity partner, with over 900 runners and hand-cyclists raising funds and awareness for injured, ill and wounded service members. Read the rest of this entry »
“I didn't expect the outflowing of emotion and support as a result of my quest,” says retired Marine Captain Felicia Wilkerson. “I don't consider myself that remarkable, this is just what I do. I run.”
Felicia’s modesty aside, her quest really is quite remarkable: Her goal is to participate in one distance race each month for a full year, with an expected total distance of about 1,200 miles. She’s taking on this personal challenge—which she calls the 12for12for1200—in order to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and Read the rest of this entry »
When more than 200 service members from all branches of the military gather to test each other’s skills in seven sports (archery, swimming, shooting, cycling, track and field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball), the result is a level of competition that is both intense and inspiring -- and memories that will last a lifetime.
“The 2014 Warrior Games have come and gone,” said Semper Fi Fund Chairman and CEO Karen Guenther, “but for everyone who competed in Colorado Springs, and for everyone who cheered on the competitors, the excitement and inspiration will never be forgotten.” Read the rest of this entry »
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Semper Fi Fund and the Fisher House Foundation presented a military child with a special donation after the Warrior Games sitting volleyball competition Oct. 2. Read the rest of this entry »