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September 21, 2012

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Navy Petty Officer Fights for His Country and Life

September 4, 2012

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 »

3 Generations of Marines “Ride for Heroes” to Support Injured Service Members

Ride for Heroes Feature
August 10, 2012

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 »

Corporal Jessie Fletcher: Help Our Heroes on their Journey towards Independence

Jessie Fletcher and Emily Ball playing guitar
July 3, 2012

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 »

Semper Fi Fund celebrates 8th Anniversary!

Semper Fi Fund Hero Omar Milan and SFF Rep Karen Hetherington
May 18, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

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 »

Semper Fi Fund presents Specially Adapted Vehicle to Marine Corps Sergeant

Semper Fi Fund hero John Peck inside of his new specially adapted truck
April 24, 2012

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 »

DVID News: Marines raise money, awareness for Semper Fi Fund

Marines raise money, awareness for Semper Fi Fund
April 16, 2012

Marines take on Egg Challenge for the Semper Fi FundBy Cpl. Jennifer Pirante | Defense Video & Distribution System | | 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 »

Heroes and supporters attend Cutting Horse Classic III, Barn Dance & BBQ

Semper Fi Fund Cutting Horse Classic III winners!
April 15, 2012

Nokesville, Va. - On Saturday, April 14, more than one hundred supporters came out to cheer on our wounded warrior riders participating in the Cutting Horse Classic III finale competition. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

December 20, 2011

By John Carlson | The Star Press | | 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
Daily Courier photo of Michael Blair

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 | | 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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