Benefit for Semper Fi Fund Helps Veterans

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May 8, 2015

WICU-HD(NBC) and WSEE-HD(CBS) TV-12 | Posted: May 01, 2015 12:13 AM EDT | Updated: May 08, 2015 12:13 AM EDT | By Deedee Sun CONNECT | Link to Article

Erie, PA - A benefit at Bullfrog Bar on Thursday night goes toward the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that helps out injured veterans from after 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenged to Serve – Youth and adults from the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association assist service members at the Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program Dixie Challenge Clinic.

AQHJ Article - 2015 Semper Fi Fund Dixie Challenge 4
May 8, 2015

By Annise Montplaisir, AQHA online communications and publications intern | The American Quarter Horse Journal | May 7, 2015 | Link to Article

The pride and beauty of the American spirit was on full display at the Dixie Challenge clinic, April 24-26 in Canton, Mississippi. The event, sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program and the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association, was attended by 16 servicemen and -women and more than 50 volunteers from the MQHA and Mississippi Quarter Horse Youth Association. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded veterans back in the saddle

Rebecca Fletcher of Deale, Maryland, and fellow Marines ride Friday during the Semper Fi Fund and Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program clinic at the Canton Multipurpose and Equine Center in Madison County. The horsemanship program and inaugural Dixie Challenge continues through Sunday.
(Photo: Photos by Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger)
April 27, 2015

The Clarion-Ledger | Jacob Threadgill | April 24, 2015, 9:34 p.m. CDT | Link to Article

Canton, MS - There was always one soothing thought commanding officer John Mayer would share with his machine gunner Carlos Rochel during the difficult times of two tours of duty in Iraq, "nothing is better for the inside of a person than the outside of a horse."

Rochel is one of 16 veterans, 14 of which are Marines, in Canton through the weekend competing in the inaugural Dixie Challenge through the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, which is sponsored by the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warriors train for triathlon on Pensacola Beach

April 24, 2015

WEAR-TV ABC-3 | Updated: Friday, April 24 2015, 10:15 PM CDT | Link to Article

Pensacola, FL - Fourteen Wounded Warriors are on Pensacola Beach training for a triathlon.

They're taking part in a sports camp put on by the "Semper Fi Fund." Read the rest of this entry »

Boston Bombing Survivor Heather Abbott Visits Fox News with America’s Fund Mentor BJ Ganem

Click here to see BJ and survivor Heather Abbott talk to Fox News about their very special friendship.
April 22, 2015

Fox News Channel | Apr. 21, 2015 - 4:32 | Link to the News Segment
Boston, MATwo years ago, BJ Ganem and fellow members of the Semper Fi Fund/America's Fund family traveled to Boston hospitals to meet and support victims of the Marathon bombing. Today, they continue to be a part of the survivors lives, helping them navigate their recoveries every step of the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured veterans take on triathlon camp, body and mind

Team Semper Fi Swimming Coach John Murray, standing gives a group of his swimmers a few pointers while training at the Portofino Island Resort pool Friday afternoon. Injured veterans from Team Semper Fi and Team America's Fund are participating in a triathlon camp on Pensacola Beach.  (Photo: Tony Giberson/
April 20, 2015

Pensacola News Journal | by Marketta Davis | 7:08 p.m. CDT April 17, 2015 | Link to Article

Pensacola Beach will be home to some 20 injured veterans over the next two weeks as they take part in training for upcoming triathlons sponsored by teams Semper Fi and America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Forever changed by bombings, couple remains “Boston Strong”

Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky's engagement photo. PATRICK DOWNES AND JESSICA KENSKY/CBS NEWS
April 15, 2015

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley | Don Dahler | APRIL 15, 2015, 8:26 PM | Link to Article and Video

BOSTON -- On April 15, 2013, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes had been married seven months when they stopped to watch the Boston Marathon. Their lives were changed forever by the homemade bombs that exploded at the finish line. Read the rest of this entry »

Vets ride to raise awareness, but not for themselves

Navy veteran Josh Sharpe, a world-class handcyclist who lost the use of his legs in a car accident in 1994, will take part in a 180-mile fundraising ride for multiple sclerosis research April 18-19.
(Photo: Courtesy of Team Semper Fi)
April 13, 2015

Marine Corps Times | By Leo Shane III, Staff writer | 11:02 a.m. EDT April 10, 2015 | Link to Article

Navy veteran Josh Sharpe, who lost the use of his legs in a car accident in 1994, will use a handcycle to travel the 180 miles from Houston to Austin, Texas, to raise awareness for his cause. Another 14 injured veterans will join, too, in the hopes of more public attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Run the Bridge to bolster Semper Fi Fund

April 13, 2015

Jacksonville Daily News | By Maria Sestito - | Published: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 06:37 AM. | Link to Article

Jacksonville, NC - A race this weekend to benefit the Semper Fi Fund is expected to draw hundreds of participants and cause a change in traffic patterns in downtown Jacksonville. Read the rest of this entry »

‘For Love of Country,’ by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times
March 17, 2015

New York Times | Sunday Book Review | By JAMES WRIGHT | MARCH 12, 2015 | Link to Article

Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran are a formidable team. Chandrasekaran, a reporter and editor for The Washington Post who is about to start a media company in partnership with Starbucks, has served as a foreign correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is the author of compelling books on those wars. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, has initiated comprehensive programs in that corporation to hire veterans. His account in the book’s introduction of a trip to West Point, where he realized the extent of the disconnect between ordinary Americans and those who serve in their military forces, is itself inspiring. Read the rest of this entry »

Del Mar Red Nose Run raises $23K for charities

L-R: Dixie Courtney, Carrington Real Estate (sponsor), Pat Spirit, Selena O’Brien, Frank Kuiper, Al Bernotas, Jamal Mourad, Tom Ranglas Jr, Katherine Hsia, Stephan Turonbarre, Linda Andrews, Monica Valentino, Rob Lawson, Ned Hall, Nancy Brisbois.
March 15, 2015

Del Mar Times | 6 a.m. March 14, 2015 | Link to Article

Enthusiastic members of the Low and Slow Running Club looked on Feb. 11 as Al Bernotas, founder, presented Valentine checks to representatives of the The Semper Fi Fund and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. The club’s successful 23rd annual Del Mar Red Nose Run, held Dec. 19 on the beach, generated $23,000 benefiting the two local organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

S.I. Now – TSF/TAF talk watching the Super Bowl with LaDainian Tomlinson

March 12, 2015

Sports Illustrated - Now | March 12, 2015 | Link to Piece

New York, NY - On SI Now, Team Semper Fi's BJ Ganem and Jose Ramos discuss how their injuries led them to discover their love for sports and how the competition and training helps them with recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

LA Custom Pools and Spas of Yucaipa and Semper Fi Funds donate pool for Justin Crabbe

Wonder workers
Glenn Douglas, second from the left, stands with some of his employees.
March 10, 2015

News Mirror | Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015 6:00 am | Updated: 10:24 am, Fri Feb 20, 2015 | by Rachael Gustuson | Link to Article
A few months ago, Glenn Douglas, owner of LA Custom Pools of Yucaipa, got a call for a swimming pool bid and met with U.S. Marine Cpl. Justin Crabbe. After the initial meeting, Douglas decided he wanted to donate time and money for a specially-designed pool for Crabbe, a decorated soldier who was injured in 2011 while serving on his second deployment in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device exploded and resulted in the loss of part of his left hand and both legs above the knees. Read the rest of this entry »

Felicia Wilkerson: “Retired from the Corps But Not Done Serving”

Felicia Wilkerson Continues to Serve Others By Running
March 9, 2015

Dizruns | in Diz Runs With | Link to Post and Podcast | by Denny

Felicia Wilkerson is a Marine Corps veteran that is no longer serving our country in an active duty role, but that doesn’t mean that she’s done serving. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund gives $100 million to injured veterans

Aaron McMihelk walks his horse at the Colorado roundup. Credit Julie Bender
February 27, 2015

Union Tribune | By Linda McIntosh | 6 A.M., FEB. 10, 2015 | Link to story

CAMP PENDLETON — As the Semper Fi Fund moves into its second decade, the nonprofit has given out more than $100 million to injured service members and their families.

Over the past decade since it was founded, the Oceanside-based nonprofit has helped more than 13,000 wounded and critically ill veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »