White House Blog: Joining Forces for Caregivers

January 31, 2012

By Brad Cooper, Director of Joining Forces | White House Blog | WhiteHouse.gov/blog | January 30, 2012

Earlier today, I had the great privilege of joining First Lady Michelle Obama and many of the nation’s leaders in announcing proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that recognize the unique circumstances faced by the caregivers of our country’s wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.

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DOD: Proposal Would Expand Support for Military Caregivers

January 30, 2012
Michelle Obama joining forces with Semper Fi Fund

First Lady Michelle Obama announces measures to increase support for caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members at the Labor Department in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2012. DOD photo by Elaine Sanchez

By Elaine Sanchez | American Forces Press Service | Defense.gov | January 30, 2012

WASHINGTON ‐ First Lady Michelle Obama announces measures to increase support for caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members at the Labor Department in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2012. These proposed rules would, in part, enable more military family members to take the time they need to care for their loved ones without fear of career repercussions.

Joined by Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and senior military leaders, Obama announced the Labor Department’s proposal to expand military family leave protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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Jacksonville Daily News: Taking the chill off for charity

January 28, 2012

Jack Stanfield passes chili to Lisa Wilson at the Stanfield Stampede Bar & Grill tent during the 5th annual Screaming Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge. Photo by Don Bryan/The Daily News

By The Daily News Jacksonville, NC | www.jdnews.com | January 28, 2012

New River Harley Davidson hosted its 5th annual chili cook-off Saturday, feeding a crowd of hundreds to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

The cook-off had 24 team entrants this year, and three received trophies at a 3 p.m. closing ceremony.

The team from Flanagan’s Bar received the Judges’ Choice award; Rolling Thunder took Peoples’ Choice; and team Stanfield Stampede received a trophy for Best Presentation.

The event also included a gun raffle and performances by the band Freeway.

The event raised about $3,500 to help and support wounded troops and their families.

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71-year-old Former Marine Running Across Country on an ElliptiGO to Raise Money for Injured Marines

January 26, 2012

By PRWEB | January 26, 2012

ElliptiGO Press Release
Rick Hermelin to trek more than 3,000 miles from South Carolina to San Diego to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and raise awareness about the benefits of physical fitness. Read the rest of this entry »

Maryland Coast Dispatch: First State Detachment Marine Corps League Sends Check To Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

January 20, 2012

By Maryland Coast Dispatch | MDCoastDispatch.com | January 20, 2012

Ocean City, MD – Thanks to the generosity of the people in lower Sussex County and northern Worcester County, the First State Detachment Marine Corps League was able to send a check in the amount of $2,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Pictured, from left, are Past Detachment Commandant Wally Stevenson, Detachment Sgt. At Arms Frank Conlon, Detachment Commandant Fred Wise and Del. State Commandant, Dick Tanner.

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KUSI San Diego: Rick Hermelin, 70, rides cross-country to raise money for Fund

Rick Hermelin on KUSI News
January 19, 2012

By Mike Castellucci | KUSI San Diego | KUSI.com | January 19, 2012

Rick Hermelin, a former Marine, is riding cross-country on an ElliptiGO to raise money for Semper Fi Fund. KUSI's Mike Castellucci was in Solana Beach where he got the chance to speak with Rick and hear his story. Read the rest of this entry »

Ventura County Star: Westlake Village man to run-ride across U.S.

January 11, 2012
Rick Hermelin Ventura County Star photo

Rick Hermelin. Photo by Carlos Chavez.

By Ted Cotti | Ventura County Star | VCStar.com | January 10, 2012

Rick Hermelin took his first run in 1976 on a 24-lap-per-mile track on the roof of a Torrance workout facility.

Now, at age 70, he plans to run and ride across the country in 100 days aboard a seatless bicycle called an ElliptiGO that's propelled by a running motion. Read the rest of this entry »

MSN Money: Highest-rated charities in America

Bob Barker presents Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund with support
January 11, 2012
Bob Barker presents check to Semper Fi Fund

By Greg Emerson | MSN Money MainStreet | Finances.msn.com | January 10, 2012

You want your donation to go to the right organization, so here are some top places to consider according to charity-rating website Charity Navigator. Read the rest of this entry »

USA Today: Military’s Gold Star families often feel disconnected

January 4, 2012

By Gregg Zoroya | USA Today | USAToday.com | January 3, 2012

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - Jane Horton wears a small Gold Star pin honoring her husband, Christopher, who was killed by Taliban gunfire four months ago.

"It's like an outward expression of a burden carried deep inside," Jane says about an emblem Congress created after World War II for those who lost loved ones to war.

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KSTP News: Annual Ice Dive Draws Hundreds to Lake Minnetonka

January 1, 2012

By Tim Sherno | KSTP News | KSTP.com | January 1, 2012

Nearly 900 people jumped through a hole in the ice covering Lake Minnetonka New Year's Day as part of the annual ALARC Ice Dive. Read the rest of this entry »

NBC News LA: Former Marine to Give Back With Cross-Country Bike Trip

December 30, 2011

By Gordon Tokumatsu and Olga Spilewsky | NBC News Los Angeles | NBCLosAngeles.com | December 30, 2011

Rick Hermelin is a marathon runner and a former U.S. Marine. The 70-year-old plans to give back to his fellow servicemen and women by trekking coast-to-coast on his very unique bicycle.

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LA Daily News: At age 70, Rick Hermelin will cross country for injured Marines

December 29, 2011

By Susan Abraham | Los Angeles Daily News | Dailynews.com | December 29, 2011

Rick Hermelin will start his cross-country ride at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island in South Carolina on March 23, the day he first reported for basic training in 1959.

Rick Hermelin served his country as a Marine, worked in the Southern California aerospace industry as an engineer, became a massage therapist, and has run in 100 marathons.

But Hermelin, who is 70, slender and tan, says he is still seeking that journey of a lifetime.

"The idea of doing coast-to-coast is something I wanted to do for many years," Hermelin said Thursday morning at the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area.

"I feel good. Nothing hurts, so why not?"

Since July, the Westlake Village resident has been preparing for a 100-day road trip from South Carolina to California, pedaling on an odd device called an ElliptiGO. The hybrid of a bike and elliptical machine will make him look like he is gliding down 3,000 miles of concrete.

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Star Press: Christmas will be an especially happy time for a wounded local Marine’s family

December 20, 2011

By John Carlson | The Star Press | TheStarPress.com | December 20, 2011

MUNCIE -- For David and Carol Williams, this Christmas' most precious gift will come through the door on crutches and one leg.

"This will be a very special Christmas," said Carol, whose son, Marine Corps Cpl. Murphy D. Hueston, lost a leg to the war in Afghanistan on Sept. 11. "We could have been a gold star family." Read the rest of this entry »

Tampa WTSP: New wheels and independence for Iraqi Veteran

December 16, 2011

By Isabel Mascarenas | | WTSP Channel 10 News | December 15, 2011

Tampa, Florida -- A local Iraq War Veteran injured stateside has regained some independence of his own after fighting for the independence of Iraqis eight years ago.

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North County Times: Semper Fi Fund keeps focus on our warriors

December 9, 2011

By Greg Scharf | North County Times | Nctimes.com | December 9, 2011

Not long ago, I went ballistic. I saw a table in front of a local grocery store with two well-dressed young women soliciting donations for Toys for Tots; while the familiar barrel was there, they were also taking credit card orders for toys from a catalog. When I saw them leave in a very expensive car, I suspected they were a fraud. Read the rest of this entry »