In Loving Memory of Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni

Semper Fi Fund hero Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni
April 9, 2012

The Semper Fi Fund sends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Marine Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni. On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Cpl Bordoni passed away due to injuries he sustained while serving in Afghanistan in January, 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Hero Story: Cpl Roy Vanwey

Semper Fi Fund Hero Vanwey painting
April 4, 2012

Marine Corporal Roy Vanwey was burned when his vehicle struck an IED in June, 2006 while he was conducting combat operations in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Roy suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to over 70% of his body, face and extremities. Roy also suffered very serious inhalation burns to his throat and lungs, and fractures in his back. Read the rest of this entry »

Share Your Love – Justin and Dahlia’s story

Semper Fi Fund Hero Justin and his wife Dahlia
February 13, 2012

During February, we invite you to "Share Your Love" with the Fund! Marine Justin Constantine recently shared with us the sacrifice made by his caregiver, Dahlia...who has since become his wife! Read about their heartwarming love story Read the rest of this entry »

Hero Story: LCpl Matias Ferreira – One year later

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January 10, 2012

One year ago this month Lance Corporal (LCpl) and Machine Gunner Matias Ferreira was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

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Star Press: Christmas will be an especially happy time for a wounded local Marine’s family

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December 20, 2011

By John Carlson | The Star Press | TheStarPress.com | December 20, 2011

MUNCIE -- For David and Carol Williams, this Christmas' most precious gift will come through the door on crutches and one leg.

"This will be a very special Christmas," said Carol, whose son, Marine Corps Cpl. Murphy D. Hueston, lost a leg to the war in Afghanistan on Sept. 11. "We could have been a gold star family." Read the rest of this entry »

Hero Story: LCpl Matthew Fuller USMC

Fuller in Fallujah
December 5, 2011
Fuller in Fallujah

LCpl Fuller in Fallujah

Matthew Fuller was injured in Iraq in June of 2005 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED), ejecting him 20 feet. He sustained spinal fractures, traumatic brain injury (TBI), a bruised kidney, and multiple broken bones in his legs and feet. The Semper Fi Fund began assisting Matthew’s family when his mother arrived at his bedside in Bethesda, ready to give her support. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured veteran competes in Marine Corps Marathon

December 5, 2011
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Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Blair, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student, rode as part of Team Semper Fi during the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

By Lisa Irish | Prescott Daily Courier | Dcourier.com | December 4, 2011

About 4 miles into the Marine Corps Marathon, Michael Blair of Prescott saw another injured veteran like himself having an issue with a derailleur on his bike so he stopped to help him out.

Then Blair helped fix a chain that cut a slot three-quarters of the way through another Wounded Warrior's seat post during the Oct. 30 race in Washington, D.C.

"Later, a cyclist I'd helped out earlier gave me a push when I needed it," said Blair, a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, who rode his bike with Team Semper Fi.

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About Town: Remembering Jessica

September 8, 2011
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Marine Jessica Shepherd. Photos provided by Lexington Patch.

By Denise J. Dubé | Lexington Patch | Lexington.Patch.com | September 8, 2011

You now have new orders to protect heaven’s shores.
Carry out the plan of the day.
Semper Fi. – Diana Buckley’s eulogy to her daughter.

Jessica Shephard died on Sept. 3, 2011. She was only 31, which isn't long enough for any parent, spouse, sibling or child.

Staying or leaving isn’t our call, no matter how hard we fight.

According to her brother-in-law, Raymond Santos, who spoke on behalf of the family, Jessica was an extraordinary woman who accomplished more in her short 31 years than most could in three lifetimes.

Her obituary states she was born Jessica Colleen Buckley, the daughter of Edward and Diana, formerly of Lexington, but now of Londonderry, NH. She was a Marine who married Staff Sgt. Brandon Shepherd and a devoted and dedicated sister to Danielle Santos. In July 2010, she gave birth to Keegan Edward Shepherd. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded in Iraq: A Marine’s Story

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September 6, 2011

By Justin Constantine | The Atlantic | TheAtlantic.com | September 6, 2011

I cry whenever I think of a memorial service I attended in Iraq. From the back of the hot, packed room next to the chaplain's office, I looked down the center aisle and saw six sets of boots, rifles, helmets, and dog tags. Six Americans had lost their lives defending their country. I had seen these Marines hug each other before heading out on patrol -- real hugs, as if they guessed they might not see each other again. They had been in Iraq for a while and knew how dangerous every mission was. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warriors participate in inaugural Cutting Horse Classic!

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July 31, 2011

Nokesville, VA -- As a part of Semper Fi Fund's new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors, ten select wounded Marines from the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment will be participating in the inaugural Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Hero: Cpl Todd Love receives new specially adapted van!

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July 22, 2011

Beltsville, MD — As a triple amputee, Marine Corporal (Cpl) Todd Love was not sure he would be able to drive again but now he is one step closer to overcoming that obstacle. This week Cpl Love and his family were presented with a specially adapted vehicle by the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Bikes 430 Miles to Give Back to Fellow Wounded Warriors

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July 9, 2011
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By FOX News | Foxnews.com | July 9, 2011

A Marine who nearly died in Iraq is giving back to his fellow servicemen and women by biking for the second time 430 miles from Scottsdale, Ariz., to San Diego, Calif., MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.

The annual Bike430 ride, which will be held October 12 this year, raises money for injured Marines and their families through the Injured Marine Fund.

"As long as I can ride my bike I'm going to start helping Marines and any veterans that need help," Angel Gomez said. Read the rest of this entry »

HM3 James Raffetto –” Steadfast Support” for a Hero and His Family

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June 24, 2011
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HM3 James Raffetto has an infectious passion for the Navy, the Marines, and his family.

James worked with the Marines of 1st Recon out of California and bravely supported his Marine unit in Afghanistan until he was injured himself. In August 2010, an IED blast caused injuries that resulted in the amputation of both of his legs above the knee, the amputation of his left arm at the elbow, and the amputation of three fingers on his remaining right hand. Now, not even a year since his injury, James is standing tall on his C-Legs, his newest prosthetics. They allow him to stand beside his friends and family, including his wife, Emily. Read the rest of this entry »

Cardinals Honor Injured Marines

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June 23, 2011

By Andy Banker | KY3 TV | ky3.com | June 22, 2011

Maryland Heights, Mo. - It was all downhill for the Cardinals after Wednesday's first pitch against the Phillies at Busch Stadium, but wow, what a first pitch.

It was a night to remember at the ballpark as St. Louis celebrated Marine week. It was one of those nights where what happened during the game really didn't matter much. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine: God only reason we lived

June 21, 2011
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Darla Woodard, from left, Mike Woodard, U.S. Marine Cpl. Colte James and Jared James take time for a photograph on Friday at their home in Petal. Photo by Matt Bush | Hattiesburg American

By La Tonya Frelix | Hattiesburg American | hattiesburgamerican.com | June 21, 2011

The first couple days of June started out promising for Marine Cpl. Colte James. June 1 meant only two more months left of deployment for James, a Petal native, and the other members of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. James, who was on his second tour in Afghanistan, was promoted June 2 to corporal. And on June 3, he celebrated his 22nd birthday - complete with a package of goodies sent from his mom.

But everything changed on June 4.

James and four other Marines were in a military vehicle when it drove over an improvised explosive device. James suffered a fractured vertebrae, cranial bleed and several bruises, but he said he and the others are expected to make full recoveries. Read the rest of this entry »