Congratulations, Rob Jones!

Rob & the Ladies in Red
April 14, 2014

The numbers are amazing: Over $125,000 raised as the result of traveling more than 5,200 miles by bicycle over nearly 200 days using two prosthetic legs to propel one amazing Marine from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, California—and here’s one more amazing number: Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded hero goes extra mile for fellow Marines

April 14, 2014

Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:37 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
By Marcella Lee, Anchor/Reporter - bio | email

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Biking across the country is hard enough, but doing it without legs, makes it amazing. Monday, a double-amputee Marine veteran was honored for doing just that for a worthy cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veteran honored after cross-country journey

April 14, 2014

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Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 14, 2014 10:27 PM EDT

By Lauren Phinney - email

Rob Jones completed his journey on Saturday, and there's one thing for sure, he's a man on a mission to raise $1 million for three different charities that are dedicated to helping wounded vets like himself. On April 12th, Jones finished his remarkable venture: 5,200 miles on a bicycle from Ben Harbor, Maine to Camp Pendleton. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Rides Bike Across Country

April 12, 2014

NBC News 7 | San Diego | April 12, 2014 | Link to Source | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

San Diego, CA - If riding from Maine to California isn't impressive enough, Rob Jones did it without the use of his lower legs. NBC 7's Steven Luke has his story. Read the rest of this entry »

MEDIA ALERT – Injured Veteran and Paralympian Comes to End of Cross-Country Fundraising Journey

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April 9, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Double-amputee completes extraordinary feat with welcome home hosted by Semper Fi Fund

WHAT: Six months ago, Rob Jones embarked upon the journey of a lifetime, trekking over 5000 miles from coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for veteran charities, including the Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Paralympian on Cross-Country Cycling Journey Close to the Finish Line!

Rob Jones is followed by his brother, Steve Miller, in a moving truck they converted into a sleep area on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Murphysboro, Ill. (Steve Matzker / The Southern)
April 3, 2014

Wounded Marine Rob Jones' quest to raise $1 million for charities that supported his recovery

Bar Harbor, ME to San Diego, CA - Rob Jones has never taken the easy route. So it was no surprise that the U.S. Paralympian and combat-wounded retired Marine chose Bar Harbor, Maine, as the starting point for his epic cross-country cycling trek. He began his adventure back on October 14th and is now making his way down the coast to the sandy beaches of Southern California. He's due to complete his journey at Camp Pendleton, CA on April 12th - the perfect place for a Marine veteran to be welcomed by fellow Marines after cycling over 5,000 miles! Read the rest of this entry »

Being there for Boston

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April 2, 2014

Boston, MA - The Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund Program had a heartwarming reunion dinner with our friends in Boston this past week.

The reunion started with the Celtics' owners hosting our Veterans to amazing court side seats for their Wednesday night game against the Toronto Raptors the night before the dinner. It was an amazing experience and, once again, we were welcomed Read the rest of this entry »

In Any Clime and Place – Even Antarctica!

Lt.Col William "Wild Bill" Conner finished the 2014 Antarctica Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund.
March 25, 2014

We hope you’ve been reading about the incredible adventure of Lieutenant Colonel William Conner—the 40-year-old Hawaii-based Marine who raised money for the Semper Fi Fund on March 9 by running a marathon … in Antarctica.

Bill’s fundraising goal was initially $17,750, to honor the USMC being founded in 1775. He raised his goal to $53,250 (17,750 x 3) and as of this writing is just over $46,000. His other goal was to reach 239 individual donors; Read the rest of this entry »

Champion Golfer Cristie Kerr Tees Off Support for Semper Fi Fund with The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

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March 20, 2014

GoDaddy Founder’s Charitable Foundation to Match Kerr’s LPGA Tour Winnings

PHOENIX, AZ, (March 20, 2014) – When Cristie Kerr tees off today at the JTBC Founders Cup, she’ll be competing for much more than a trophy. Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match 100 percent of Kerr’s 2014 LPGA Tour winnings, dollar-for-dollar, as a donation Read the rest of this entry »

On Wisconsin: Little paddling experience but plenty of heart

Nic Doucette, a former U.S. Marine, began planning his trip down the Mississippi River last summer. He grew up in Jefferson, spent four years in the service and is now a student studying business at UW-Whitewater. JOHN HART — State Journal
March 17, 2014

March 16, 2014 9:00 am • BARRY ADAMS | Wisconsin State Journal | badams@madison.com | 608-252-6148 | Link to article

HELENVILLE, WI — Nic Doucette is organized, in shape and determined.

And by the time he heads back to classes at UW-Whitewater next fall, he should also be an expert with a paddle. His real goal, however, is to raise money for his comrades in the U.S. armed services injured in the line of duty. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney scores winning goal in sled hockey and helps bring home the gold for Team USA!

Sgt. Josh Sweeney scores winning goal for Team USA Sled Hockey for 1-0 win over Russia on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia..  Photos from USA Hockey Team article.
March 17, 2014

Sochi Russia - Sgt. Josh Sweeney, a Marine veteran from Phoenix, Arizona (double above-the-knee amputee) and member of Team Semper Fi scored the winning 1-0 goal over Russia in ice sled hockey this Saturday, bringing home the gold-medal for Team USA for the second year-in-a-row. This victory for Team USA Read the rest of this entry »

SI Now: Semper Fi Fund helps veterans heal through sports

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March 5, 2014

MORE SPORTS | Posted: 2014/03/04 | Source: SI | Link to Video
On Tuesday's SI Now, BJ Ganem and Cedric King of the Semper Fi Fund discuss how Team Semper Fi backed their personal and athletic goals, playing Wounded Warrior Football with NFL stars, and how sports help people heal. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Marine getting a smart home

February 27, 2014

By JOHN DAVIDSON | Gadsden Times | February 26, 2014 | Link to Article

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The next steps toward helping a wounded U.S. Marine become independent happened as organizers from various charities broke ground at the site of his future home.

Retired Sgt. Ben Tomlinson of Jacksonville served in the Marines in the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and deployed twice to the Helmand Province, the center of the Taliban insurgency and opium trade in Afghanistan. He was shot in the back, leaving him paralyzed him from the chest down. Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund Announces The Peter Murphy Semper Fi Fund Sports Program

Peter Michael Murphy. January 31, 1945 - November 15, 2013
February 27, 2014

New Name Honors Longtime Semper Fi Fund Board Member and Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps

February 17, 2014 (Camp Pendleton, CA)Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund—two athletic programs for wounded service members who have embraced the spirit of recovery through sport—have been consolidated Read the rest of this entry »

DONALD HEATH: BJ Ganem is a different kind of football hero

February 3, 2014

Posted: February 2, 2014 - 4:48pm | Updated: February 3, 2014 - 12:26am | Follow This Article | Tweets by @DonaldHeathSMN

By Donald Heath

His mobility has been hindered, but his direction has never been clearer.

It’s been more than nine years since a roadside bombing during his patrol in Iraq took a portion of Savannah native BJ Ganem’s lower left leg, leaving him now with a prosthetic leg below the knee.

But the attack couldn’t take away his spirit. Read the rest of this entry »