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

Cpl Stewart at Shrapnel Happens
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

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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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
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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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 »

Marines Participate in The Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic

October 21, 2011

By Beth Parker | Fox News DC | | October 21, 2011

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. - Marines we talked to following the President’s announcement say they are pleased to see that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq soon.

But this week, these wounded warriors are a world away.

They have been down on the farm in Prince William County.

Ten marines from all over the U.S. are learning something called horse cutting.

The week is paid for mostly by the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

MILITARY: Pendleton amputees to compete in Marine Corps Marathon

October 21, 2011

By Mark Walker | North County Times | | October 21, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA - A half-dozen amputees from a Camp Pendleton unit that suffered more casualties than any other in the war in Afghanistan will be in the nation's capital next week to compete as hand cyclists in the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Arizona Young Marines donate to Ride for Semper Fi

October 21, 2011
Daily Courier photo check presentation to RFSF

Arizona Young Marines Adjutant Vicki Bostwick presented Dr. Chris Hummel with a check for $1,100 on Monday for the Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier Central

| The Daily Courier | | October 21, 2011

"Thank you so much for your donation," said Dr. Chris Hummel, who cycled from Scottsdale to San Diego earlier this month in the Ride for Semper Fi.

Hummel said wounded veterans joined the cyclists and inspired them on the difficult ride that he's looking forward to doing again next year.

Hummel gave the Young Marines wristbands to remind them of veterans' sacrifices and said their donation helped him raise $5,300 for the fund that has given away more than $50 million to wounded service members and their families since 2004.

Hummel also reminded the Young Marines to use the notebooks they carry with them to jot down their Read the rest of this entry »