Released: October 10, 2013
Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has made a $1 million donation to help provide critical financial support for injured and critically ill service members in their time of need. This marks the second year in a row that The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has pledged its support, to which it has donated a collective $2.8 million. These funds will assist service members in all branches of the military, through Semper Fi Fund and its program America’s Fund.
Released: October 10, 2013
Miramar, CA - The Marine Corps Aviation Association’s (MCAA) Marion Carl Squadron recently hosted two unbelievable days of fundraising to help raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund!
Starting at the Miramar Officers’ Club, Medal of Honor recipient Robert Modrzejewski, Colonel, USMC (Ret) helped in presenting two Action Trackchairs (www.actiontrackchair.com) to two injured Marines, Cpl. Jose Armenta and Cpl. Jon Schumacher. Read the rest of this entry »
Scottsdale, AZ - Hitting the hills of Arizona, the 54 amazing riders of Ride 430 will be riding in honor of our heroes for the sixth consecutive year having raised over $1 million in support for the Semper Fi Fund! Though the mission has not changed, the course certainly has! Read the rest of this entry »
Irving, TX - For the third year-in-a-row, The George W. Bush Institute is holding its annual "Warrior Open" golf tournament and, once again, the Semper Fi Fund is among the select few military charities being recognized by the tournament.
Held as part of the George W. Bush Institute's "Military Service Initiative", the Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament that takes place over two days every fall in the Dallas area. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patricia Kime | Navy Times - Washington, DC | navytimes.com | Published: September 14, 2013 - 3:46PM | Link to article |
Marine Lt. Col. Bill Conner was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2008 when he got an email telling him he had won a spot in the prestigious Hawaii Ironman triathlon, a berth he had sought for 13 years. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you a federal or state employee or a member of the military?
If so, you have the opportunity this fall to participate in the CFC. It is the only authorized workplace charitable giving drive for federal and state employees. In fact, the CFC is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world!
This year's theme is "I make it Possible". Join us in supporting our heroes through the CFC and your spirit of public service will make the world a better place! Read the rest of this entry »
Dear SFF Supporters,
It’s been twelve years since that crisp September morning in 2001 that reshaped the course of history. Who among us doesn’t still remember where we were at the moment we heard that the Pentagon was attacked and Flight 93 had crashed, how it felt to watch the Twin Towers fall? We lost more than just the lives who perished on 9/11—our sense of security, something we took for granted as Americans, was rocked to the core.
But despite all we lost that day, we never gave up hope — it’s what gave us the strength to come together, rebuild, and show the world Read the rest of this entry »
By Terri Barnes | Stars and Stripes - Washington, DC | stripes.com | Published: September 5, 2013
At a luncheon to honor outstanding military spouses from all service branches, Marine wife Karen Guenther was introduced by Bonnie Amos, the first lady of the Marine Corps.
Guenther’s family was at a nearby table. Her husband sat tall and straight in his uniform as the wife of the Marine Corps Commandant described the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit Guenther started in 2003 to meet the needs of those returning injured from war. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Brennan | The Daily News - Jacksonville, NC | jdnews.com | July 21, 2013
As the dust from the blast began to settle, Raymond Mackey knew his life had changed forever.
“We were doing a company-sized patrol near Marjah, Afghanistan – a sweep for improvised explosive devices,” said retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Raymond Mackey, 50, of Beulaville. “I was with the rear element with a couple Marines when a Marine fell into a ditch. I reached down to help him up right as the explosive was detonated.”
It was Dec. 23, 2009 and Mackey, the battalion sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, was only a few weeks into his tour in Afghanistan. The explosive left him with both legs amputated above the knee, and severely wounded his right arm and injured his abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, Semper Fi Fund traveled to Germany to visit the Landstuhl hospital, Ramstein flight line, Helicopter unit, and the Landstuhl Fisher House to wrap our arms around our liaisons, injured service members, and hospital staff. As always, it was one of our most touching annual trips. Read the rest of this entry »
America's Fund, a charitable program operated by the Semper Fi Fund, announces a $1 million donation matching campaign to run over the next year, made possible by the incredible generosity of a family who prefers to remain anonymous. Donations up to $1 million pledged to America's Fund will be matched by this family, helping America's Fund further their mission of providing financial assistance to injured U.S. service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »
Hailey Danisewicz recently teamed up with some of our injured service members to bring hope those wounded in the Boston bombings. What she found in return will stay with her for a lifetime. Read about her experience in this entry from her blog:
There are certain days in history that remain etched in our minds forever- events that we can recall with vivid detail years after they occur. For me, Monday April 15, 2013 will always be one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »
CharityWatch is a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions. Of the approximately six hundred charities currently rated by CharityWatch, only a select number qualify for the listing of Top-Rated charities based on a rigorous analysis. The Semper Fi Fund once again received an A+ rating, making us one of only two veteran non-profits to earn their highest rating. Read the rest of this entry »
The Semper Fi Fund is proud to support Ronny Porta on his life-long road to recovery!
By Gregg Zoroya and Alan Gomez | USA Today | usatoday.com | April 25, 2013
BELTSVILLE, MD. – Six years have passed since a roadside bomb set Ronny "Tony" Porta on fire in Iraq when he was 20, and he's still trying to find his way home.
Each reflection in the mirror bears witness to why that is not easy.
Every stranger who points or stares, every teenager who mocks with the word "monster" or couple that whisper behind his back that the disfigurement is the price for invading a country, tells Porta he hasn't quite left the battlefield behind.
"This is home for me," says Porta, 26, who grew up in suburban-Washington Beltsville after his family emigrated from Peru. "But sometimes, it's kind of hard saying, 'I am home.'"
Two months ago, a man approached Porta in a Home Depot. He stood studying the burns on Porta's face and asked if a car accident was to blame. Porta, wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt, said, no, it was an IED explosion in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »