Making the best of bounty suspension, New Orleans Saints Joe Vitt will coach wounded veterans

Joe Vitt and New Orleans Saints
September 21, 2012

By Mike Triplett | The Times-Picayune | | September 21, 2012

It should come as no surprise to anyone who's ever met Joe Vitt that he's not well-equipped to handle a six-week suspension away from coaching. The football lifer can rarely even manage six hours of sleep without heading back into the office.

So the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach has found a remarkable way to turn this whole sordid bounty mess into a positive.

Vitt will head to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Monday, where he plans to live around the clock for the next few weeks while working with wounded combat veterans from the United States armed forces through the Semper Fi Fund program. Read the rest of this entry »

Clark Lake woman runs ’emotional’ 50K event, raises money to help injured U.S. soldiers

September 20, 2012

By Tarryl Jackson | M Live | | September 20, 2012

BROOKLYN, MI – On Sunday, Joei Ellis went on a 50K run that ended up being a tearful and emotional one for her.

The Clark Lake resident was thinking about Cpl. Patrick "Pappy" Matisi, one of her son's comrades who was critically injured in July 2011 in Afghanistan and almost didn't survive. Read the rest of this entry »

The Huffington Post: Taylor Morris, Quadruple Amputee, Dances With Girlfriend Danielle Kelly

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September 17, 2012

By Katherine Bindley | The Huffington Post | | September 17, 2012

Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly's love story is a captivating one: Morris was hit by an explosive device while serving in Afghanistan and became one of the few surviving quadruple amputees, but that didn't stop him from dancing at a recent wedding with the girlfriend who has stayed by his side throughout his recovery Read the rest of this entry »

Military Press: Semper Fi Ride For Heroes Completed

Ben Maenza
August 22, 2012

By Military Press | | August 22, 2012

On Friday August 10th, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund Ride For Heroes arrived at its final destination in a two-month coast-to-coast journey as cyclists Dennis McLaughlin, John Gerlaugh, Troy McLeheny and Ben Maenza crossed the finish line in Del Mar Beach, Calif. Since embarking upon the trek in June, the riders have been making their way across the country on recumbent trikes to bring awareness to the needs of wounded veterans, ultimately raising $92,000 for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

"Ride for Heroes" rolls through Combat Center

August 10, 2012
Ride for Heroes team continues their journey

Photo By: Lance Cpl Ali Azimi

By Lance Cpl Ali Azimi | DVIDS | | August 10, 2012

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – The Ride for Heroes team's journey began in St. Augustine, Fla. They have traveled across the southern paths of the United States to their final destination – Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

On July 31, the Ride for Heroes team arrived at the Combat Center on their way to the ocean.

Upon their arrival, the Combat Center showed their support with Marines standing at the gate to greet the tired cyclists. Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: "Ride for Heroes" to reach Pendleton on Friday

Members of the Ride for Heroes team ride to their next destination (150)
August 7, 2012
ride for heroes member biking cross-country

By Mark Walker | North County Times | | August 7, 2012

Four recumbent tricycle riders who departed St. Augustine, Fla., in early June for fundraising trip for the Oceanside-based Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund are scheduled to arrive at Camp Pendleton on Friday afternoon.

Three of the participants in the "Ride for Heroes" are former Marines, including a double amputee Afghanistan veteran. Read the rest of this entry »

Teen bikes cross country for injured Marines

Billy Osterman and his family
August 3, 2012

By Linda McIntosh | U-T San Diego | | August 3, 2012

CAMP PENDLETON – Billy Osterman, 16, raised $3,000 in a cross country bicycle ride to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit supporting injured Marines and their families.

The former Fallbrook High School varsity Lacrosse player rode 2,500 miles over 45 days from Tybee Island, Georgia to the Santa Monica Pier, arriving back today as part of the "American Challenge" bike tour. Read the rest of this entry »

MACG-38 Golf Outing raises money for Semper Fi Fund

August 3, 2012
MACG golf tournament

Capt. Anthony Heverly tees off during the Marine Air Control Group 38 Golf Outing fund raiser to raise money for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund. Photo by: Pfc. Raquel Barraza

By Pfc. Raquel Barraza | DVIDS | | August 3, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marine Air Control Group 38 held a golf outing fund raiser for the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Memorial Golf Course aboard MCAS Miramar, Calif., Aug. 3.

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides financial support for injured and critically ill Marines and other members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were attached to Marine units.

"The goal is to raise as much money for the Semper Fi Fund as possible," said Col. Bruce Barnhill, the commanding officer of MACG-38 and Virginia native.

This is the first golf outing fund raiser held by MACG-38, but the squadron intends to make it an annual function, added Barnhill. Read the rest of this entry »

NHL Insider: Brown uses Stanley Cup to help military families

July 28, 2012
Dustin Brown with the Stanley Cup

Dustin Brown's day with the Cup, to benefit the Semper Fi Fund! Photo By Dave Lozo, Staff Writer

By Dave Lozo | NHL Insider | | July 28, 2012

ITHACA, N.Y. – When Dustin Brown finally learned when he'd spend his official day with the Stanley Cup, his first thought wasn't about how he'd like to party with it at local bars.

His first thought wasn't about how he'd love have his three sons, Jake, Mason and Cooper, drink chocolate milk from its top, like they did in Los Angeles.

His first thought wasn't about all the places he would take it in his hometown so he could relive his high school glory days as a state champion in ice hockey.

His first thought was about family. Read the rest of this entry »

The Globe: Marine veteran bikes across America

July 26, 2012

The Globe | | July 26, 2012

Tim Tuomey, a Marine Corps veteran, took to the road April 20 on a mission to raise awareness about the need for support for combat-wounded veterans. Tuomey called his mission to raise awareness Operation Awakening. More than 3,300 miles and 63 days later, Tuomey finished his long and arduous journey across America on the sands of Onslow Beach.

Operation Awakening was created to raise awareness and funding to help improve the health and welfare of returning Marines and Sailors. The money Tuomey raised was donated to the Semper Fi Fund to assist combat wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Hot Rod Help Injured Marines

July 25, 2012
Mackeys Hot Rods Van

By Thom Taylor | Hot Rod | | July 25, 2012

This madness involves everything we like: competition, contests, ebay, good causes and cool old vans. Well, maybe not the last part, but Hot Rod is going to try and change your idea of what a cool project van should be with the help of ebay and Mackey's Hot Rod Shop in Huntington Beach, CA.

Three sister publications and Hot Rod each purchased vehicles off of ebay's auction site to reimagine using parts purchased mostly from ebay.

The winning project, as voted on by going to ebay, will get to choose where the proceeds from the auction of all four vehicles on ebay will go. In our case it's the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

LA Kings captain Dustin Brown announces plans for Stanley Cup’s visit to Ithaca

July 22, 2012

By Lindsay Kramer | Syracuse | | July 22, 2012

Los Angeles Kings captain and Ithaca native Dustin Brown will bring the Stanley Cup to Ithaca High School (1401 North Cayuga St.) from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

A limited number of photo opportunities with the Stanley Cup will be available for a suggested donation of $5 per person per photo. Fans will also be able to receive an autographed championship photo signed by Brown for a suggested donation of $5.

All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Journey of the heart passes through Socorro

July 19, 2012
Ben Maenza and Troy McLehany stop to rehydrate in San Antonio Tuesday during the fundraising Ride for Hope

Ben Maenza and Troy McLehany stop to rehydrate in San Antonio Tuesday during the fundraising Ride for Hope.

By Elva K. Österreich | DChieftain | | July 19, 2012

When Marine Lance Cpl. Ben Maenza came back from Afghanistan in October of 2010, he found himself alone in a hospital, clothes gone, legs removed.

Then the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund stepped in, flying his family in to be with him, buying him essential clothes and providing moral support in the form of a caring individual visiting and talking with him weekly during his hospitalization.

"This is a genuine non-profit," Maenza said. "They show up when you need them. Ninety-five percent of the contributions go to the veterans." Read the rest of this entry »

The Globe: Next generation leaders earn their stripes

July 19, 2012

By Amy Binkley | The Globe | | July 19, 2012

Service members understand putting their personal safety at risk comes with the job description, but for military children, the idea of a parent in harm's way is a heavy burden.

When warriors return home injured, whether physically or mentally, the weight on a child can be crushing.

The offer of a helping hand, however, can not only lift a spirit but also save a life.

Parents, siblings and friends gathered to welcome home more than 100 students from the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp and Mentor Program Read the rest of this entry »

Men bike across U.S. to raise funds for wounded Marines

July 9, 2012

By Zahra Farah | GO San Angelo Standard-Times | | July 9, 2012

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Battling heat, hills and treacherous drivers, four men plan to bike 2,744 miles in 63 days to raise money for injured Marines coming from Iraq and Afghanistan.

On recumbent bicycles, which place the rider in a reclining position, the men already have covered 1,400 miles in 33 days. Read the rest of this entry »