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 »

Hometown embraces wounded Marine

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May 29, 2011
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'OVERWHELMING’: Evan Reichenthal relaxes in his room in Princeton yesterday during the Marine lance corporal’s first trip home since he was injured in Afghanistan. Photo by Chitose Suzuki/Boston Herald

By Renee Nadeau Algarin | Boston Herald | BostonHerald.com | May 29, 2011

A Princeton Marine seriously injured in Afghanistan made his first trip home in nearly six months just in time to be honored in his hometown’s Memorial Day parade.

“It’s been long awaited. Being home is a very far-fetched idea when you’re in the hospital going through surgery almost every day,” said Evan Reichenthal, 20. The Marine lance corporal had been in Marjah, Afghanistan, for only six weeks when he was injured by an improvised explosive device while on a foot patrol. He remained conscious as he was thrown 20 feet, suffering injuries that cost him his right leg as well as causing burns, ligament damage and severe nerve damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Catching up with Cpl Rob Jones

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May 26, 2011

We recently checked in with Marine Corporal Rob Jones to see how he was doing. Rob told us, "I continue to strive to set a good example and a high standard of work for others to follow, and work my hardest to get to the level of those that are even higher than I am." Read the rest of this entry »

Holland Marine Veteran Competes In U.S. Warrior Games

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May 25, 2011

By Karen Berger | Mirror Reporter | TheMirrorReporter.com | May 26, 2011

Whether on the track, the basketball court, on horseback or in water, U.S. Marine Sgt. Lee Randles doesn't let his prosthetic leg stop him.

I haven't found a sport that I haven't been able to play," Randles said. “Although when I play basketball, I'm pretty energetic and some of the guys are scared they will be hit by my leg.” Read the rest of this entry »

Cpl Jose “Daniel” Gasca to receive new specially adapted home

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April 27, 2011

El Paso, TX --- On Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:30 am Homes for Our Troops, Inc. will be kicking off a 3-day "Build Brigade" in which hundreds of volunteers will begin construction on a specially adapted home for injured El Paso Marine, Corporal Jose "Daniel" Gasca and his family.

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Team Semper Fi member Corey Petersen crowned Ms. Wheelchair California 2011

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April 26, 2011

Congratulations Corey! Team Semper Fi member and Semper Fi Fund Community Outreach Coordinator, Corey Petersen recently won the 2011 Ms. Wheelchair California in Los Angeles. Along with winning the title, she also won Ms. Congeniality, and is the first Veteran to hold the title of Ms. Wheelchair California. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Sgt Kenny Lyon receives keys to new home

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April 14, 2011

Fredericksburg, VA - On April 9, 2011 the Semper Fi Fund was honored to be a part of the home dedication for Sgt Kenny Lyon, USMC. Sgt Lyon was presented the keys to a specially adapted home from Home for Our Troops. The Semper Fi Fund provided a grant of $25,000 toward the construction of the home and also presented a new hand-controlled riding lawn mower to Sgt Lyon at the ceremony! Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Helps Welcome Home Injured Marine Cpl Josh Himan

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April 11, 2011

Woodbridge, VA - On Saturday, April 2nd the Semper Fi Fund (SFF) along with the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing and members of the northern Virginia community, welcomed home Cpl Joshua Himan to his newly modified home, specially adapted to meet his needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Helps Welcome Home Injured Marine

March 31, 2011

Woodbridge, VA – "On Saturday, April 2nd the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing, will be welcoming home Cpl. Joshua Himan to his newly modified home, specially adapted to meet his needs, after spending almost two years in the hospital ... A recent $25,000 grant from the Semper Fi Fund helped bring the project to its conclusion and allowed the Fuller Center to focus on completing the project on time. "

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Cpl. Justin McLoud USMC

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March 21, 2011

Cpl Justin McLoud is a young Marine from Missouri, a husband and a proud father of his newborn son. He had already completed two deployments to Afghanistan and was preparing for his third tour when his son was born. He was able to spend the first 10 days of his new born son’s life with him and then he deployed.

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Bob Barker to Donate $2 Million to Semper Fi Fund to Help Injured Members of U.S. Armed Forces and Their Families!

Semper Fi Fund Supporter, Celebrity and WWII Veteran - Bob Barker
March 7, 2011
Semper Fi Fund Supporter, Celebrity and WWII Veteran - Bob BarkerTV Celebrity and WWII Fighter Pilot Bob Barker has announced that he will be donating $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund on March 9, 2011!

Hollywood, CA – "Television personality Bob Barker will donate $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund (SFF) to provide assistance to injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Barker, who was a fighter pilot during World War II, is hoping that his donation and support for our young Veterans will inspire others to give and commit to making sure that not one young Marine, sailor, airman and soldier or their family members are in need during their long-term recoveries."

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Fresno native comes to the aid of Marines

MARK CROSSE / THE FRESNO BEE  Joey King tests his new recumbent bike as Josh Sharpe gives him some advice. Team Semper Fi is a nonprofit group that has raised millions of dollars. The group was founded by Fresno native Karen Guenther.
March 5, 2011

Posted at 08:24 PM on Saturday, Mar. 05, 2011. By Bill McEwen / The Fresno Bee

Reedley, CA - The Marines had come from all over the country for camaraderie, to test themselves and to soak up the scenery along the Blossom Trail. Read the rest of this entry »

Twenty-five injured service members of Team Semper Fi to take part in Reedley’s “Blossom Bike Ride”

March 3, 2011
Team Semper Fi at the Blossom Ride

Reedley, CA — The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund will be sending 25 team members from Team Semper Fi to take part in this weekend's Reedley Lions Club's 22nd Annual Kings River Blossom Bike Ride.

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Rare Marine Wins Rare Life Award – Marine Hero Runs 3,530 miles Cross Country; Raises more than $50,000 for Wounded Comrades

Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla won the 2011 Rare Life Award presented by Eagle Rare Bourbon. Padilla raised more than $50,000 to help wounded Marines.
February 15, 2011

Frankfort, Frankin County, KY - Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has named Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla of San Marcos, Calif. as the winner of the 2011 Rare Life Award. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego injured Marine to represent the Semper Fi Fund in TriWest’s “Shot at Glory” during Waste Management’s Phoenix Open

Semper Fi Fund - MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret)
February 1, 2011
Semper Fi Fund - MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret)

San Diego, CA to Scottsdale, AZ – Double leg amputee, Master Sergeant (MSgt) Davey Lind, (USMC Ret.), will compete in the Phoenix Thunderbirds’ staging of Waste Management’s Phoenix Open and TriWest Healthcare Alliance’s Fourth Annual “Shot at Glory,” on the famous 16th hole at the The Player’s Championship (TPC) Scottsdale, Wednesday, February 2, 2011."

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