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 »

Semper Fi Fund Captures a Decade of Inspiring Service on Film with 10th Anniversary Video

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September 20, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - 2014 is a very special year for the Semper Fi Fund marking 10 Inspiring Years of Service in support of our wounded, critically-ill and injured service members. Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund and its program, the America’s Fund has helped more than 12,300 post-9/11 service members and their families with a wide range of assistance totaling more than $96 million. To celebrate this incredible achievement, we’re proud to share ten years of memories captured on film, in a moving new 3-minute video that tells our remarkable story. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal and State Employees: CFC Is Here!

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September 12, 2014

The CFC—Combined Federal Campaign—is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world. It’s also the only authorized workplace charitable giving drive for federal and state employees.

So we want you to remember one thing: 11459. Read the rest of this entry »

SEMPER FI

Marine veteran Chris Lowe competes in pole bending at a Jinx McCain event.
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September 11, 2014

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Horsemanship offers veterans relief from the traumas of combat.

In 2002, Chris Lowe was a teenager from a small Texas town, a 19-year-old community college student with an ambition to serve his country. Following a family tradition of military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Two years later, he was in Iraq, on a combat deployment in the chaotic hotbed of Fallujah, providing security for an explosives disposal team, when an enemy mortar exploded just feet away from him. Only luck saved his life. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Jose A., USMC, (Ret.)

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September 4, 2014

Born in Los Angeles and currently living in a suburb of San Diego, Marine Corporal Jose A. always wanted to join the military.

“My grandfather served in the Army,” he said. “I grew up with him talking about that, and it really interested me. As I got older, I saw that the Marine Corps was the most challenging branch, so I enlisted right out of high school.”

“I wanted to do something I could be proud of,” Jose continues. “I couldn't think of anything better than the Marine Corps: It represented honor and courage, and that's what I wanted.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund Announces New Logo for its America’s Fund Program

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September 1, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA – The Semper Fi Fund is proud to unveil a new logo for its America’s Fund program, which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to severely injured and critically ill post-9/11 service members and their families representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Liam D., USMC (Ret.) – “I Will Drive Again”

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August 22, 2014

In mid-2011, Marine Staff Sgt. Liam D was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was recovering from a May 22 IED blast in Afghanistan that claimed his left leg, and among the many thoughts that raced through his mind was this one:

“I will drive again—and I will win.”

Three years later—almost to the day—Liam did indeed win, Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Army Ranger, 1LT Nathan R., USA (Ret.)

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July 21, 2014

“I still don’t feel like I did that much,” Nathan told the Midtown Raleigh News in 2013, “but everyone keeps saying that I did. So, I’m starting to believe them, I guess.”

What Nathan did, of course, was what thousands of service members in all branches of the military do each and every year for all Americans: He placed his life on the line and made a personal and physical sacrifice the depths of which most of us can scarcely imagine. Read the rest of this entry »

10th Annual General James T. Conway Golf Outing

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July 18, 2014

Thank you for 10 years of amazing support!

ST. Albans, MO – The Missouri Friends of Injured Marines will host their 10th annual charity golf tournament with proceeds to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. The tournament will be held at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri, on August 24, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney received 2014 Pat Tillman Service Award on ESPN!

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July 17, 2014

Team Semper Fi member and 2014 Team USA Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Josh Sweeney, who scored the winning goal against Russia, is received the first ever Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by ESPN and the Pat Tillman Foundation at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16th at 9pm ET (http://espn.go.com/espys/2014/). Josh was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) and lost both legs in October 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Josue Barron, USMC (Ret.)

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July 7, 2014

Growing up in Los Angeles, Josue was the middle child of seven kids being raised by a single mother. He played a lot of street basketball and got involved in the L.A. gang scene.

“I started in the gangs when I was 14,” Josue recalls. “By the time I was 17, I had done so much, I was tired of it. Most of the gang members were getting nowhere, and as I was getting older, I saw that was not the life I wanted to live. I wanted to change Read the rest of this entry »

Marine on Horseback Fights for Fellow Veterans

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July 4, 2014

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:26 PM EDT | Updated: Jun 26, 2014 9:32 PM EDT | By Kristin Tallent, Anchor/Reporter - email | Link to Article

TUPELO, Miss. (FOX13) - Saddling up for those who have fought for our country.

Marine veteran Matt Littrell, who served two tours in Iraq, is riding his horse coast-to-coast hoping to raise money for wounded and critically-ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

His trip is not just about raising money; it's about letting American heroes know they still matter, once their service is finished. Read the rest of this entry »

SURVIVE. RECOVER. LIVE. See Rob Jones’ documentary of his journey!

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July 3, 2014

We all watched in amazement as Rob Jones embarked on his incredible 5,181 mile cross-country bicycle journey to bring support and awareness to our wounded, the Semper Fi Fund and others. Today, Rob released a documentary of his bike ride and it's filled with heart-warming insight to his humble grit and determination, and the challenges he faced while accomplishing his ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Winder Perez, USMC

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June 23, 2014

The New York Daily News called it a “miracle recovery.” That’s probably an understatement … but we’re getting ahead of the story.

Winder Perez was born on January 16, 1989, in the Dominican Republic. When he was eight years old, his mother left her life and career as a doctor behind and brought Winder to the U.S. so they could live with his father in the Bronx, New York. Read the rest of this entry »

A Tribute to Our Fathers

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June 13, 2014

We know them as incredible heroes—service members from all branches who have sacrificed so much on behalf of us all. Their kids know them as a different kind of hero—dad. We’d like to take this opportunity to give a special Father’s Day salute to just a few of the many incredible fathers we’ve been so fortunate to help over the years. Read the rest of this entry »