WTOP: Purple Heart ornaments provide lift for military members

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

By Kathy Stewart | WTOP | WTOP.com | 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 | Norwichguidon.com | 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

4th Annual Padre Pedal Photo DVID
November 18, 2011

By Sgt. Heidi Agostini | DVID | Dvidshub.net | 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 | Stltoday.com | 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 | dvidshub.net | 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

Cpl Stewart at Shrapnel Happens
November 12, 2011

By Colleen Mahoney | KSTP | Kstp.com | 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 | starnewsonline.mil | 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 »

MemorialBracelets.com’s New Orange Service Disabled Bracelet Featured in New Book Six Degrees of the Bracelet

memorial bracelet example photo
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

TSF at Col Ripley 2011
November 7, 2011

By Alexandria Hill | The Capital | HomeTownAnnapolis.com | 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 »

Marine Corps Marathon draws thousands to nation’s capital

October 30, 2011

By Julia LeDoux | Inside NOVA | Insidenova.com | October 30, 2011

WASHINGTON --The People’s Marathon brought thousands of runners and spectators to Arlington, Rossyln, and Washington, D.C. Sunday as the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon saw its fastest finish in nearly 15 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hike trail for their comrades

October 29, 2011
Fortunate Sons Hike photo

From left, Staff Sgt. Adam Williams, Sgt. Austin Duke and trail guide Scott Ward hike in Durham County. Photo by Martha Quillin

By Martha Quillin | News Observer | Newsobserver.com | October 29, 2011

DURHAM -- With every step along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the pain in Staff Sgt. Adam Williams' ankle and the ache in Sgt. Austin Duke's knee remind the two Marines how lucky they are.

They still have knees and ankles, unlike many of those they've served with who have been injured by homemade explosives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"There are Marines and other service members who wish they had pains in their knees," said Williams, one of 18 Camp Lejeune-based Marines who are relay-hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to raise awareness and financial support Read the rest of this entry »

Wayland resident running Marine Corps Marathon for grandfather

October 27, 2011

GateHouse News Service | Wickedlocal.com | October 27, 2011

WAYLAND — Runner Colin “CJ” Norgaard of Wayland remembers as a boy rummaging through his grandfather’s things. He remembers seeing medals, patches, an American flag and old photos of his grandfather in uniform. He also remembers stories of the “Old Glory Days” and statements of “For God and Country.” Read the rest of this entry »

Utah veteran’s company delivers java jolt to troops

October 26, 2011
Loadnloadfounder stltribune photo

Lock-N-Load Java founders Carl and Lori Churchill pose for a portrait with some of their coffee Wednesday October 5, 2011. Photo by Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune

By Cathy McKitrick | Salt Lake Tribune | SltTrib.com | October 26, 2011

“Coffee that will blow you away.”

That claim accompanies a skull and thunderbolt logo on Lock-n-Load Java’s Web page, touting the online business’s two passions: top-notch coffee and providing it and donations to the nation’s military men and women who put their lives on the line.

“We started working on this company just over a year ago and formally launched the website in April,” said Carl Churchill, a lieutenant colonel who served nine years on active duty and 12 years in the Army Read the rest of this entry »

Marines make trek to raise money

October 24, 2011

By Tyler Hemstreet | Northwest Military News | Northwestmilitary.com | October 22, 2011

One group of active-duty Marines is hitting the trails to raise money for injured Servicemembers.

Northwest Military News Hike for Marines photo

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 Marines, are in the midst of collectively hiking the entire 1,000-mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail with the goal of raising money and awareness. The 42-day journey began Oct. 2 at Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains and ends at Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 13. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hiking for cause

October 24, 2011

By Morgan Wall | Mount Airy News | Mtairynews.com | October 23, 2011

DOBSON — Not rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor injuries will keep the Fortunate Sons from attaining their goal.

A group of 18 Marines are three weeks into a 42-week hike that will take them from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks along the Mountains to Sea Trail to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »