In their own words – a service member’s word of thanks

December 10, 2013

"Thank you and the Semper Fi Fund for the Emwave and the Alpha Stim devices. The generosity and follow through to get me the gear is much appreciated. It is very rare to find both of these qualities, of giving and tenacity, today and proves that the Semper Fi Fund is a great organization. These two devices help me daily deal with symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and chronic Post Traumatic Stress. Know that these expensive devices are utilized often and make a huge difference for me. My family also thanks you. My mood is definitely improved with the use of these items.”

Corporal Anthony Sanza, USA (Ret.)

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December 9, 2013

From July 2007 through June 2008, Corporal Anthony Sanza was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a sniper attached to the 1st Marine Division. He brought home stories that would impress and amaze Ashley, the woman he married on September 4, 2010. He also brought home a very rare form of cancer.

When he first returned stateside, Anthony was being treated for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and a variety of physical injuries to his back, knees, shoulders and ankle. Then came the stomach pains. Read the rest of this entry »

In their own words – a service member’s word of thanks

December 8, 2013

“Semper Fi Fund paid to get my service dog Phoebe. In the short time we have had Phoebe, it already feels like we've had her from the very beginning. She has been a perfect addition to our family. Semper Fi Fund has never hesitated to help our family when we have needed the help and we'll be forever grateful.”

Corporal Josh Sams, USMC (Ret.)

Josh Sams and Lindsey engagement
December 7, 2013

Josh Sams was born in 1984 in Wilmington, Ohio. The oldest of three children, Josh has two brothers, Cory and Logan. He attended Wilmington High School, where he ran track and played football, baseball and lacrosse.

After graduating in 2004, Josh attended Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He continued his athletic career, playing outside linebacker Read the rest of this entry »

Lance Corporal Sean Carroll, USMC (Ret.)

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November 13, 2013

Sean Carroll is pretty much like any other 29-year-old you might come across. He’s proud of his car (he owns a Mustang), he enjoys the outdoors (hunting and hiking), and he’s working on returning to school (Metro State in Denver).

Except most 29-year-olds you might come across won’t be former Marines who spent three months in a coma after being hurled 30 feet by an IED (improvised explosive device) blast in Ramadi, Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Chief Warrant Officer Second Class David Ortiz, USA (Ret.)

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July 4, 2013

Chief Warrant Officer Second Class (CWO2) David Ortiz, US Army helicopter pilot, was completing a combat mission in Khost, Afghanistan on June 21, 2012 when his OH58D Kiowa Warrior experienced engine failure. David was one of just a few unit members to have survived the helicopter crash. Six days after the accident, David arrived at Walter Reed and was hustled into emergency surgery, and has been in and out of the hospital ever since working through a spinal cord injury. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Hope to Boston

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May 25, 2013

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 »

Service Members Reunite with New Friends in Boston

Gabe Martinez and TSF in Boston
April 26, 2013

A group of injured service members from Team Semper Fi returned to Boston this weekend to revisit with the patients injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. Service member Gabe Martinez reunited with his new friends, Celeste and Sydney, and their special friendship is just one of the many reasons the Semper Fi Fund was inspired to create the America's Fund Mentors program: A new program through which our veterans will mentor those who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and accompany them through their rehabilitation, providing hope and encouraging success along the way to recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Gabriel Martinez, USMC (Ret.)

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April 23, 2013

Corporal Gabriel Martinez and his wife, Kayla, were married only three months before Gabe was deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) in October 2010. Just one month later, on Thanksgiving Day, Gabe called Kayla with the devastating news that he had been injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and medevaced out with one of his best friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing our stories: BJ Ganem

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April 20, 2013

William “BJ” Ganem served four years on active duty in various capacities. At the end of his first enlistment in 2000, he decided to leave active duty but stay in the ready reserves by joining with Gulf Co 2nd BN 24th Marines located in Madison, WI. He was working as a District Sales Manager for Kraft Foods in May 2004 when his unit was called to serve in support of operations in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharing our Stories: Lance Corporal Ronny Porta

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March 24, 2013

On May 7, 2007, longtime friend of the Semper Fi Fund, Lance Corporal Tony "Ronny" Porta, sustained severe injuries as a result of an IED blast while conducting operations in Al Anbar Province, to include the amputation of his right arm and 65% body burns to his upper body. Ronny was in very critical condition when he first arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in Texas, and the Semper Fi Fund immediately stepped in to assist Ronny's family. We provided family support grants to fill the gap caused by lost wages so that Ronny's family could focus entirely on the recovery process.

The Semper Fi Fund is devoted to providing a lifetime of assistance for the life-long needs of our nation's heroes, like Ronny. Over the past five years, Ronny has undergone over 120 surgeries, and the Semper Fi Fund has been there every step of the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Sergeant Eddie Wright, USMC

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March 20, 2013

On April 07, 2004, Sergeant Eddie Wright was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade during an ambush in Fallujah, Iraq. The citation for Eddie's Bronze Star, with Valor Device, reads:

Eddie Wright before and after injury

Sergeant Eddie Wright before his injury in Iraq (left) and after his injury recovering at the hospital (right).

"…Despite losing both hands and sustaining severe injuries to his leg, Corporal Wright was the epitome of composure, understanding the severity of his own injuries, he calmly instructed others on how to remove the radio, call for support, and render first aid. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Tyler Southern

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March 19, 2013

Corporal Tyler Southern Tyler was on his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 when he lost both of his legs above the knees and his right arm above the elbow after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The Semper Fi fund offered Tyler family support grants when he was first hospitalized so that his family could remain by his side during recovery.

Tyler retired from Active duty on September 21, 2012 in front of a large crowd of family, friends, and fellow Marines at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Read the rest of this entry »

Dream Machines: Action Track Wheelchairs Bring Independence to our Service Members

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March 1, 2013

Several of our catastrophically injured service members have started down their new path of life after months of rehabilitation. They still have desires to be independent and do the things they once did, but they are now limited due to the loss of multiple limbs. A new path of life requires a new method of transportation, and that is why the Semper Fi Fund assisted these Marines with a dream machine: a wheelchair with a track instead of wheels. Read the rest of this entry »

Lance Corporal Rudolfo Moreno

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February 28, 2013

Lance Corporal Rudolfo Moreno was injured in August of 2011 while on patrol with 1st Battalion 6th Marines in support of OEF in Helmond Province, Afghanistan. Rudolfo was the Gunner on an MATV when it hit an improvised explosive device. He suffered numerous injuries, to include a bilateral ankle and heal fracture, a right femur fracture, and a traumatic brain injury. Since the injury, Rudolfo has endured eleven surgeries (with more pending) and countless hours of both occupational and physical therapy. Read the rest of this entry »