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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
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 »
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 »