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 »
Last August, Navy Petty Officer Taylor Morris was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" in a ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for his exceptionally valorous conduct on May 3, 2012 while serving with the Special Operations Task Force at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, where he sustained catastrophic injuries to all four limbs. After receiving the medal, Morris said, "I just want to say one thing if I could: If I had hands, I'd take this off and pin it on Danielle, because she's helped me through everything, and it's been so hard. She's been there the whole time." Read the rest of this entry »
Sergeant Shurvon Phillip was finishing a patrol and returning to base in his HUMVEE when it was hit by an IED in May of 2005. All service members in the vehicle were injured, but Shurvon's injuries were the most severe. He suffered a broken left leg, lung blast, six broken ribs, and his jaw was broken in four places. Six days after the incident, Shurvon's brain was deprived of oxygen, resulting in his traumatic brain injury. Shurvon is now paralyzed and unable to communicate with speech. Read the rest of this entry »
The Semper Fi Fund sends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Navy Musician 1st Class Kenneth Fennell. On December 24, 2012, Kenneth passed away after a yearlong battle with a grade-four glioblastoma, (an inoperable brain tumor). Kenneth is survived by his wife, Bridgit, and their two children, John Christian (J.C.) and Emily. Read the rest of this entry »
Marine Corporal Todd Love is a third-generation Marine who served in Afghanistan with the 1st Recon out of California. On October 25, 2010, Todd was the point man on a foot patrol when he triggered an IED. He suffered the loss of both his legs above the knee and had severe damage to his left hand, resulting in amputation.
Todd retired from the Marine Corps on September 29th, and the Semper Fi Fund helped with a transition grant to relieve the financial pressure of adjusting back into civilian life. Read the rest of this entry »
In March of 2005, Sergeant Eric Frazier was shot in the back several times, resulting in spinal cord injuries. Although it has been a long road to recovery, Eric has been an unstoppable inspiration for many people with his continuous strive to better himself. He has been part of the Semper Fi Fund family since he was injured, competing alongside our Team Semper Fi members in handcycling and wheelchair basketball. As Eric gained strength and confidence during his recovery, he became an elite athlete and now competes on the US Paralympic Nordic Ski Team. We look forward to seeing him in Russia in 2014! Read the rest of this entry »
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3) TaMarsh Thompson is an Apache helicopter pilot in the United States Army and has been serving his country for eighteen years. TaMarsh was on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan serving in the line of duty when he was involved in a helicopter crash on March 22, 2012 and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.
TaMarsh was surrounded by his loving family from the time he arrived at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Read the rest of this entry »
In March 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Brian Meyer was deployed as a Staff Sergeant when he was injured by an IED blast that resulted in the complete amputation of his right hand and leg, and amputation of the thumb and index finger on his left hand. Despite the severity of his injuries, Brain is amazingly positive and refuses to let his injuries keep him from living a rich and fulfilling life. Read the rest of this entry »
In 2010, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Bryan Fazio was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Since then, he has been in a fight for his life with stage four cancer. An unsuccessful bone marrow transplant last September left Bryan with a fifteen percent chance of survival. In anticipation of the worst, Bryan, at only twenty-four-years-old, began writing his will with his mother, Sheryl, by his hospital bedside. Read the rest of this entry »
October 21, 2010 was a day like no other for Ben Maenza, a Combat Engineer with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines serving in Afghanistan. That was the day Ben encountered an IED, resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and shrapnel wounds to his face and torso. Every day since, Ben has worked diligently at his hard-earned recovery.
Recently, Ben met Troy McLehany, Dennis McLaughlin, and John Gerlaugh at an event on the Intrepid. Read the rest of this entry »
Every 4th of July, the entire nation gathers together to celebrate the freedoms that we are uniquely blessed to experience, yet sometimes take for granted. One year ago this month, a young Corporal named Jessie Fletcher was deployed, and soon experienced firsthand the price of the freedoms we benefit from each day. Read the rest of this entry »
A year after his injury, triple amputee Marine Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Brian Meyer is well known for his great attitude. "We have no delusions about what we do," he says, "injuries are part of it. You make your peace with God and accept it. It's part of the job. " Brian believes that "hard work at physical therapy and a Read the rest of this entry »
This month, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund celebrates its 8th Anniversary. It is through the love and support of many patriotic people and organizations that we have been able to assist more than 7,500 service members with over $62 million in assistance! Read the rest of this entry »
BELTSVILLE, Maryland, April 19, 2012 – Quadruple amputee, Marine Corps Sergeant (Sgt) John Peck alongside his family received a specially adapted truck with one-of-a-kind modifications at the Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corporation in Beltsville, Maryland on Wednesday, April 18. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | Defense Video & Distribution System | DVidshub.net | April 16, 2012
SAN DIEGO — Marines and guests gathered to raise money and awareness for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Broken Yolk Café in Oceanside, Calif., April 13. Read the rest of this entry »