Fox News: 71-year old former Marine treks cross-country raising funds for injured service members

June 28, 2012

By Meg Baker | Fox News | | June 28, 2012

Former Marine Rick Hermelin began a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast trek in March in an effort to raise funds and awareness for a non-profit that supports injured and critically ill service members and their families.

Now, Hermelin, 71, is closing in on the finish line, after riding an ElliptiGo cross country for the charity Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

ABC News: Secretary Panetta Pays Tribute to ‘Wounded Warriors’

June 25, 2012

By Dana Hughes | ABC News | | June 25, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta welcomed 50 wounded service men and women who participated in this year's Warrior Games competition at a recognition ceremony today at the Pentagon. The competition is an annual event hosted by the United States Olympic Committee and supported by the Department of Defense.

Five teams of wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans chosen from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command compete with each other, and this year against British soldiers. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy Times: Families in all service branches benefit from Semper Fi Fund spinoff

June 21, 2012

By Karen Jowers | Navy Times | | June 21, 2012

Since 2004, volunteers with the Semper Fi Fund have been in the trenches with critically injured Marines, providing funds and programs to help them make the fullest recovery possible.

And in those trenches, alongside those hospitalized Marines, the volunteers have seen soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guard members who also had heart-wrenching needs. But the nonprofit Semper Fi Fund's mission was to help Marines and troops injured while assigned to a Marine unit. Read the rest of this entry »

Stars and Stripes: Marines biking cross-country grateful for local support

June 18, 2012
Stars and Stripes Ride for Heroes June 2012

Participants of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund: Ride for Heroes, riding across America to raise money for wounded troops.

By Wendy Victora of Northwest Florida Daily News | Stars and Stripes | | June 18, 2012

A combat-wounded Marine and two other Marine veterans continued their bicycle trek across Northwest Florida on Monday, raising awareness and funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Ben Maenza, a 23-year-old double amputee from Tennessee, is pedaling the entire route with his arms.

“It’s been really interesting, really hot,” said Maenza, taking a lunch break at Gulf Islands National Seashore west of Navarre Beach. “We’ve had people stop us when we’re riding on the road and give us money to put toward the fund. Read the rest of this entry »

WFMY 2: Cyclist Rides Cross-Country To Raise Money For Injured Marines

June 18, 2012

By Patrick Wright | WFMY 2 | | June 17, 2012

Greensboro, NC – A former active duty Marine made a stop in Greensboro this afternoon on his bicycle ride from California.

Yes, you read correctly. A bicycle ride. Read the rest of this entry »

New National Veterans’ Assistance Program America’s Fund Unveils Website on Flag Day

June 14, 2012

Semper Fi Fund Program To Assist Wounded Veterans From All Service Branches

Washington, DC – The Semper Fi Fund announced today, on Flag Day, the official launch of the America’s Fund website. The new website ( features information about the Fund and the service members it helps, along with resources for veterans and an online donation functionality. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund announces new pilot program – America’s Fund

Semper Fi Fund launches new pilot program America's Fund
June 9, 2012

Immediate and Lasting Injured Service Member Support

Oceanside, CA -- The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) is excited to announce our new pilot program, "America's Fund."

America's Fund will direct urgently needed resources and financial support to all injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Edmond Sun: Marine presses on at his first UCO Endeavor Games

June 8, 2012
TSF member Marcus Chischilly US Marine at UCO Endeavor Games 2012

Marine Marcus Chischilly at UCO Endeavor Games. Photo by Thad Ayers The Edmond Sun.

By Thad Ayers | Edmond Sun | | June 8, 2012

EDMOND – Cpl. Marcus Chischilly felt like someone shoved him down real hard when the IED exploded in Afghanistan.

He remembers everything that happened that day. Only a month into his fourth deployment, him and his unit, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment of the U.S. Marines, took fire while on a mission.

Chischilly said the unit returned fire and were running around, when he stepped on the explosive Oct. 9, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Local News: Local residents hosting Wounded Warrior Half Marathon

June 4, 2012

By Chris Roark | Star Local News | | June 3, 2012

Tom Ryan and Dan Jones have combined two of their biggest passions -- running and charity -- and turn it into an annual event.

The Flower Mound residents are co-owners of Dallas Athletes Racing. Each year, the organizations hosts 15 racing events. Next up is the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon, which will take place June 10 at Williams Square in Las Colinas.

The event will feature a half marathon, as well as a 10K race and an escorted Military Mile Fun Run. All of the money raised will go toward The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

DVIDS: 1,650 miles to International Falls: 79-year-old retired Marine runs from New Orleans to Canadian border

Tom Knoll starts run for Semper Fi Fund DVIDS
June 1, 2012
Tom Knoll starts run for Semper Fi Fund DVIDS

Seventy-nine-year-old retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Tom Knoll. Photo by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah.

By Maj. Joe Plenzler | Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System | | June 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS– Four thousand miles from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he ran his first around-the-island marathon for charity, 79-year-old Tom Knoll stood astir shifting conversation left and right among a handful of supporters May 28 in the final seconds before he kicked off his latest endeavor.

The man who spent the past three decades running to raise donations for charities was at it again, this time embarking on a 1,650-mile trot from New Orleans to International Falls, Minn., on the edge of the Canadian border.

“This one here is just to show that senior citizens can do stuff too, and also to make some money for everyone” said the slender 5-foot-8 philanthropist. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine vet makes stop in El Paso during coast-to-coast ‘ElliptiGO’ trek

May 31, 2012
Semper Fi Fund's Rick Hermelin in El Paso Ft Bliss Monitor

Rick Hermelin outside the Central Fire Station in downtown El Paso May 21. Photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 24th Press Camp Headquarters.

By Sgt. Sinthia Rosario at 24th Press Camp Headquarters | Fort Bliss Monitor | | May 31, 2012

A 71-year-old Marine Corps veteran on a coast-to-coast trek to benefit injured Marines and promote physical fitness arrived at the El Paso Central Fire Station on the morning of May 21.

The trek wasn’t via traditional means like cycling or running, however, but instead with the ElliptiGO.

The ElliptiGO is the first outdoor, low-impact, fitness device designed to emulate the running motion. It allows athletes of all levels to get a high-intensity workout without experiencing the repetitive impact of running. Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: Semper Fi Fund finds friend in local businessman

May 30, 2012

By Lola Sherman | North County Times | | May 30, 2012

When the inaugural Semper Fi Open golf tournament begins with fanfare Monday at the Shadowridge Country Club in Vista, it will have been put together by a man who feels a great need to give back for all he has been offered in his adopted land.

"I wanted to do something for this wonderful country," organizer Chris Keogh said. "I've had opportunities I would not have had anywhere else. I just wanted to give something back." Read the rest of this entry »

Silver City Sun-News: Marine Vet riding coast-to-coast raising money for injured Marine veterans makes stop in Silver City

May 28, 2012
Rick Hermelin's 100 Day for the Corps SIlver City  Sun News

Hermelin on his ElliptiGO in front of the Tyrone Fire Station. (Photo by Alison Trombley for the Sun-News)

By Christine Steele | Sun-News | | May 28, 2012

Marine Vet riding coast-to-coast raising money for injured Marine veterans makes stop in Silver City
Goal of $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

SILVER CITY A 71-year-old Marine veteran riding coast-to-coast on an elliptical bike made a stop in Silver City this weekend and was hosted by the Silver City Fire Department and the Tyrone Fire Department before heading off the final leg of his journey.

Rick Hermelin is riding across the U.S. on my ElliptiGO, trying to raise at least $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Joplin Globe: Pittsburg woman, a brain tumor survivor and marathoner, raising funds to help wounded veterans

May 27, 2012

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni | Joplin Globe News| | May 27, 2012

Semper Fi Fund Team runner Kimberly Harries

Kimberly Harries - Photo by Globe | T. Rob Brown

PITTSBURG, Kan. — She thought, at first, that the headaches — bad headaches that wouldn’t go away — were just from stress, or maybe allergies.

She was a mother of two young boys, her husband had just finished his doctoral dissertation, and they were planning to move from their home in St. Louis to Oklahoma for his new university job.

When the pain became unbearable one May evening in 2005, she went to the emergency room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis to get medication.

It was then that 33-year-old Kimberly Harries learned she had a brain tumor. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Reputable Veterans Charities to Donate to this Memorial Day

May 24, 2012

By Shaun Kahmann | Carlsbad Patch News | | May 24, 2012

With Memorial Day on the horizon, many kind folks will be opening their wallets to charities that claim to help ailing veterans and their families. Unfortunately, more than a few will get taken for a ride by organizations with less than scrupulous business practices. A 2-year CNN investigation revealed a disabled veterans charity may only be giving 2 percent of the millions of dollars it's received in donations to veterans. Read the rest of this entry »