SC Marine wounded in Iraq still fighting – this time for benefits

October 17, 2010

By Andrew Dys, The Herald - October 17, 2010, 8:46PM

Rock Hill, SC - "Look at Brian Dunn, and you see the "USMC" tattoo across his arm, the Marine haircut and his flashing eyes when the talk is about bombers that he spent so long fighting and yes - killing - in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Bombers that almost killed him, too."

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A special “Thank you!” to the Semper Fi Fund: Marine Gives Thanks and Works to Help Veterans

October 15, 2010

(This letter was received from a Semper Fi Fund case worker.)
Dear Christine,

First off let me start by saying thank you so much for what you do. I am now Director of Veterans Affairs @ ABCO Technology, with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and working on my Masters in Business Administration. My family is safe, warm and happy and I'm even losing a bit of weight. Christine, it really started with you and the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

On the road with six Forrest Gumps

October 12, 2010

By Simon Rice, The Foreign Desk, The Independent - Tuesday, 12 October 2010 at 3:39 pm

Oklahoma City, OK, USA - "Whether it’s the romanticism created by books like On The Road or the wonder that comes with a trip into the unknown, travelling coast to coast across the United States is a journey with an enduring appeal.

Yet for the Gumpathon team who are journeying from New York to Los Angeles on foot, the romanticism and wonder is understandably fading. Those feelings have been replaced by blisters, soaring temperatures, various time zones, five mountain ranges and a stray dog – and they’re only halfway."

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A special “Thank you!” to the Semper Fi Fund: “I finally have the freedom that I have been praying for and your organization made it possible.”

Semper Fi Fi Fund Hero Story - Thank you from Sgt. Christopher Gion - Family and Van
September 27, 2010

Dear Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,

Your organization has reached out to our family in only a way that can be described as “Divine Intervention”. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund goes to bat for wounded Marines

Ian Lejuene - Patriot Ledger article about the Semper Fi Fund
September 23, 2010

By John Reilly For The Patriot Ledger - Posted Sep 22, 2010 @ 04:02 PM, Last update Sep 23, 2010 @ 11:43 AM

Quincy, MA - "On the evening of Feb. 23, 2005, seven miles southwest of Fallujah, Marine Staff Sgt. Ian LeJeune of Brentwood, N.H., was awakened by a large explosion. Read the rest of this entry »

“Easy doesn’t inspire“ – US, UK Marines run across nation for wounded warriors

September 17, 2010

By Pfc Christopher P. Baines, Headquarters Marine Corps - September 17, 2010

HQMC Coverage of Semper Fi Fund Event - Gumpathon

WASHINGTON-Four of the six Gumpathon runners run up Massachusetts Ave. NW in their final push to the British Embassy with two Royal Marine Commandos, Sept. 14, 2010. The Gumpathon is a fundraiser aimed toward earning $1 million for three separate charities supporting the well-being of American and British wounded warriors. , Pfc. Christofer Baines, 9/14/2010 7:44 AM

Arlington, VA - "ARLINGTON, Va. - A team of six runners, including a triple amputee, are setting out across the United States to accomplish a monumental task known as the Gumpathon. To complete their ambitious journey, the team must travel 3,530 miles through three deserts, four time zones, 10 mountain ranges and 16 states.

By completing the Gumpathon, service members hope to raise $1 million for three separate charities, all benefiting wounded warriors from the U.S. and U.K.

“I got the idea for the Gumpathon from having watched the film Forrest Gump about 14-years ago,” said Royal Marine Colour Sgt. Damian Todd. “I thought of what an amazing experience it would be to run across the states, and while I did it raise money for charity. At the time I hadn’t had anything particularly in mind that was motivating enough and had touched me to do that and I kind of shelved the idea.”"

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Cross-country ‘Gumpathon’ aims to raise funds for wounded U.S., British troops

September 16, 2010

By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes - September 16, 2010

Washington, DC - "British Marine Mark Ormrod was only 24 years old on Christmas Eve 2007 when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan, losing his legs and right arm.

But Ormrod refuses to live the rest of his life as a cripple, and today he is taking part taking part in a 3,530-mile run across the United States to raise money for injured British and American troops. "

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Kick-off Ceremony on USS Intrepid: A British/U.S. Team of Six Military Personnel to Run Across U.S. for Injured Veterans in “Gumpathon”

September 9, 2010

New York City, NY – A team of military personnel consisting of four British Royal Marines, one British Army Soldier and one United States Marine, will be embarking on an epic journey of running across the United States to raise money for U.S. and British military charities.

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A Staten Island salute to American hero Brendan Marrocco

September 8, 2010

By Carol Ann Benanti / Staten Island Live - August 25, 2010, 5:53 AM

Staten Island, NY - "The evening brimmed with pride and patriotism, camaraderie and community spirit and it all blended together so well Saturday evening at the St. George Theatre, where “CSI: New York” actors, Gary Sinise -- and The Lt. Dan Band -- and Carmine Giovinazzo, vocalist Daniel Rodriguez and comedian Tom Dreesen took center stage before a packed house of some 2,000."

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Bovington Marine goes on the run to help injured comrades

September 8, 2010

By Lucy Pearce/Daily Echo - 1:00pm Tuesday 7th September 2010

Bovington, England - "A Bovington-based Royal Marine inspired by
Forrest Gump will take part in a coast-to-coast run across America to raise money for injured comrades."

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Team Semper Fi – Starts Triathlon as Individuals, Finishes as a Team

Team Semper Fi in the "Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon"
September 3, 2010

By: Jennifer McMahon (Team Semper Fi Assistant) - August 8, 2010
Santa Cruz, CA - Like any triathlon, the Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon is an individual sport. Team Semper Fi recently competed in this triathlon which consisted of a 750 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 5K run. Read the rest of this entry »

Runners Come to Hobart to Honor a Fallen Marine

August 18, 2010

By WBAY TV ABC Channel 2 - August 18, 2010, 2:12 PM
Hobart, WI - "More than a thousand runners joined about 200 marines for the 5-th annual Jerabek Challenge in Hobart. The event is held in honor of PrivateFirst Class Ryan Jerabek, who died in Iraq six years ago."

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Fifth annual Jerabek Challenge in Hobart a race to remember

August 15, 2010

By Paul Srubas / Greenbay Press Gazette - August 15, 2010

Hobart, WI - "At least 1,100 people took off running and walking Saturday, all for the competition, the fun and in memory of a young man and running enthusiast who was killed in Iraq."

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‘Semper Paddelis’ races for injured Marines

August 14, 2010

By Steve Moyer/Herald-Tribune - Saturday, August 14, 2010
Fort Scott, KS - "It's probably the craziest thing I've ever tried," Lance Christie said. He was probably right, he and a friend are preparing for the MR340, an endurance race on the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles slated to begin Aug. 24. The two have a good cause driving their attempt, they hope to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured U.S. Marine Corps personnel and Marine support workers."

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Marine Captains Marry and Gave Donations in Lieu of Giving Gift Savers

July 28, 2010

Captains Ryan Brannon and Mandy HalversonMarine Captains Ryan Brannon and Mandy Halverson, who met while serving in Fallujah, were recently married in Montana.   Read the rest of this entry »