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 »

Medal of Honor recipient to start marathon with skydive

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October 27, 2014

Fox News | Oct. 25, 2014 - 2:51 | Link to Video

Kyle Carpenter on record-breaking attempt and representing the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Handcyclist Competing in Third Marine Corps Marathon

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October 27, 2014

4 NBC Washington | By Julie Carey | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 | Link to Article

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

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October 18, 2014

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 »

1 Marine, 12 Races, 12 Months, 1,200 Miles

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October 17, 2014

“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 »

2014 Warrior Games: Medals and Memories

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October 10, 2014

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 »

Army child recognized at Warrior Games

Stetson Bardfield is surprised as he is presented with his own Action Track Chair Oct. 2, 2014, at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado, Colo. After the gold medal sitting volleyball match at the Warrior Games, Bardfield went to help present medals to the athletes and instead was gifted with the all-terrain wheelchair. He is the son of Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Shai Bardfield. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)
October 6, 2014

Defense Media Activity - Air Force | Story by Senior Airman Jette Carr | October 4, 2014 17:00 | Link to Article

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 »

Semper Fi Fund Founder and CEO Karen Guenther: Honorary Marine

General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps,  presents the citation declaring Karen Guenther, Semper Fi Fund's Founder and CEO, an Honrary Marine.  Photo courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund
September 21, 2014

Washington, DC - It’s difficult to overstate how much of a privilege it is to be named an Honorary Marine.

“I receive requests all the time for people to be named Honorary Marines,” said 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos. “They send stacks of papers and binders making the case for why someone should receive the honor. It’s not a title that’s given with very much frequency.” Read the rest of this entry »