SouthWood couple’s holiday display has patriotic flair

December 2, 2011

By Desiree Stennett | Tallahassee News | | December 2, 2011

Derek and Courtney Whitis light their SouthWood home every holiday season.
This year, they’ve outdone themselves.

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An early Christmas present for Marines who have received Purple Hearts

November 30, 2011
Purple Heart packing party photo

Scores of volunteers packed Purple Heart ornaments for combat wounded Marines Nov. 20 at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City. Photo by Julia LeDoux.

By Julia LeDoux | News and Messenger || November 30, 2011

DALE CITY, Va --It looked a lot like Christmas at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503 in Dale City on Nov. 20 as hundreds of community volunteers came together for a Purple Heart ornament stuffing party.

Approximately 9,500 envelopes – the majority destined for every combat wounded Marine who has been injured since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2011 -- were stuffed with a Purple Heart ornament during the events. Read the rest of this entry »

Vancouver Marine organizes marathon

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November 30, 2011

By Paul Danzer | Columbian News | | November 29, 2011

Getting more than 300 military personnel moved 26 miles in less than seven hours might seem like a straightforward task.

But for Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Lee, it was an exercise in determination and cooperation.

Lee was the race director for a version of the Marine Corps Marathon held recently at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Marine plans coast-to-coast trek for injured troops

November 27, 2011
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Rick Hermelin, 70, plans to use a Solana Beach-built ElliptiGO to travel from the South Carolina's Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego next year to raise money for injured troops. Photo by Rick Hermelin.

By Mark Walker | North County Times | | November 27, 2011

Take an aging marathoner and a contraption produced in Solana Beach known as an ElliptiGO, then toss in the Marine Corps, and the result is a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast run-ride from South Carolina to San Diego to raise money for injured troops.

That's the plan for 70-year-old Rick Hermelin, a runner with 100 full and 100 half-marathons under his belt.

In March, the former Marine is planning to propel an ElliptiGO from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. And do it in 100 days.

"My support team will be the pack on my back," said Hermelin, a Ventura County resident who plans to move to North County soon to complete his training.

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November 22, 2011

By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel | Headquarters Marine Corps | | April 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Fortunate Sons, a group of Marines from North Carolina, accomplished a monumental task by hiking across the state’s 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail to raise awareness and support for Marines wounded in support of their freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines help brighten woman’s Big Apple experience

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November 22, 2011

By Elaine Blaisdell | Cumberland Times-News | | November 21, 2011

CUMBERLAND — A recent visit to Yankee Stadium in New York was a dream come true for an Oklahoma cancer patient.

Team Semper Fi, of which local retired Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Arbogast is a member, fulfilled the wish of Sarah Nail Dakin, who has stage four cervical cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

WTOP: Purple Heart ornaments provide lift for military members

Ornament Packing Party 2011 photo by Susan Rocco
November 21, 2011

By Kathy Stewart | WTOP | | November 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - One Christmas ornament party held this weekend was a big hit.

So many volunteers came out for Saturday's Purple Heart ornament packing party at the Dale City Veterans of Foreign Wars post that the event -- hosted by the Semper Fi Fund -- ended early. Read the rest of this entry »

Run, Marine, run!

November 19, 2011

By Ben Cottrell | Norwich Guidon | | November 19, 2011

Crossing the finish line, runners from across the United States completed the "People's Marathon," the Marine Corps Marathon held every autumn in Washington, D.C. With long deep breaths, sighs of relief and a quick trip for a free massage, all of these runners have one thing in common: they had the satisfaction of finishing a challenging 26.2 mile race. Read the rest of this entry »

4th Annual Padre Pedal Power Ride raises funds for Semper Fi Fund

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November 18, 2011

By Sgt. Heidi Agostini | DVID | | November 11, 2011

Camp Pendleton, Calif. - More than 20 cyclists participated in the 4th Annual Padre Pedal Power Ride from Camp Pendleton to San Diego, Nov. 11.

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St Louis Today: Flags flown on Art Hill raise $100,000 for injured Marines

November 18, 2011

By Doug Moore | St Louis Today | | November 18, 2011

ST. LOUIS • A flag display in Forest Park commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks raised $100,000 for injured Marines.

The nearly 3,000 flags used in the display on Art Hill were offered for sale after the week long exhibit. Read the rest of this entry »

Skateboarders push 12 miles for wounded troops

November 15, 2011
Group Shot of Skate for Troops 2011

Skate for Troops 2011. Photo by LCpl Disalvo

By Lance Cpl. Erica Disalvo | DVID | | November 15, 2011

SAN DIEGO - Skateboarders from as far away as Colorado traveled to Robb Field Skate Park in San Diego to skate 12 miles to raise funds for wounded veterans.

Approximately 40 professional and amateur skateboarders pushed through the rain on a 12-mile course around Mission Bay for the 3rd annual “Skate for the Troops” event and raised $400 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Nov. 12.

Derek Smith, a former Marine and professional skater for Honey Skateboards, drove from Colorado to host the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Richfield Run Honors Wounded Veterans

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November 12, 2011

By Colleen Mahoney | KSTP | | November 12, 2011

Runners took over Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield Saturday to support wounded veterans.

The 5K Shrapnel Happens event raises money for the Semper Fi Fund, a group that provides financial assistance to wounded service members.

One of the participants, Cpl. Dan Stewart of Austin, was injured in Iraq in August of 2005. His home was renovated with help from the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Goodwill – Hikers raise money for injured Marines fund

November 9, 2011

Star News | | November 9, 2011

Many charities are winding up fundraising campaigns at this time of year; too many to count. But one is really walking the walk – hiking from one end of the state to the other.

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 active-duty Marines, is collectively hiking the 1,000-mile North Carolina "Mountains-to-Sea Trail" for both charity and awareness. Read the rest of this entry »’s New Orange Service Disabled Bracelet Featured in New Book Six Degrees of the Bracelet

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November 8, 2011

Inspired by military historian, John Siegfried’s new book, Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip, Memorial Bracelets is now offering orange custom engraved bracelets to honor soldiers that have been disabled fighting for our country at the Memorial Bracelets website. Read the rest of this entry »

Ripley Race raises $87K

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November 7, 2011

By Alexandria Hill | The Capital | | November 7, 2011

Annapolis, MD -- Backed by the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, nearly 1,000 people from 35 states - including hundreds of midshipmen, veterans and even a few dogs Read the rest of this entry »