Golf tournament to benefit injured Marines to be held in Easton on June 6

May 30, 2011

By Vicki-Ann Downing | Enterprise News | Enterprisenews.com | May 30, 2011

EASTON - The third annual Helping Heroes Golf Tournament and Dinner to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, an organization created to assist injured and ailing Marines and their families, will be held on June 6 at the Easton Country Club.

The tournament is sponsored each year by the family of Ryan Walsh, a 2005 graduate of Oliver Ames High School who was serving with the Marines in Afghanistan in 2008 when he lost a finger and both broke legs in an explosion. Read the rest of this entry »

Hometown embraces wounded Marine

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May 29, 2011
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'OVERWHELMING’: Evan Reichenthal relaxes in his room in Princeton yesterday during the Marine lance corporal’s first trip home since he was injured in Afghanistan. Photo by Chitose Suzuki/Boston Herald

By Renee Nadeau Algarin | Boston Herald | BostonHerald.com | May 29, 2011

A Princeton Marine seriously injured in Afghanistan made his first trip home in nearly six months just in time to be honored in his hometown’s Memorial Day parade.

“It’s been long awaited. Being home is a very far-fetched idea when you’re in the hospital going through surgery almost every day,” said Evan Reichenthal, 20. The Marine lance corporal had been in Marjah, Afghanistan, for only six weeks when he was injured by an improvised explosive device while on a foot patrol. He remained conscious as he was thrown 20 feet, suffering injuries that cost him his right leg as well as causing burns, ligament damage and severe nerve damage. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Gives Coca-Cola 600 Starting Command

May 29, 2011

By Renee LaSalle | Fox News Charlotte| Foxcharlotte.com | May 29, 2011

Charlotte, NC - It's the phrase every race fan knows by heart, “Gentleman, Start Your Engines." Sunday afternoon Master Sgt. William "Spanky" Gibson will say those magic words, “It really is truly unbelievable." Read the rest of this entry »

Small town finds sacrifices loom large

May 29, 2011
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Mother and daughter, Frances M. Rice locks arms with her daughter Dale Stafford as the program at the Princeton common begins. Rice was married to the late Clayton Rice, a World War II veteran. (Photo by T&G Staff/CHRISTINE PETERSON)

By Priyanka Dayal | Telegram & Gazette | Telegram.com | May 29, 2011

PRINCETON — The church bells tolled as each name was called.

“Joseph M. Howe … Frank Williams … Forrest Lombard … Christopher J. Sullivan … Dan Kohlstrom.”
Dozens of American-flag-clutching residents were in the Town Common yesterday, silently listening to the names of Princeton's fallen servicemen, from the 18 who died in the Civil War, to Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Kohlstrom, who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

John P. Mollica, who read the names, said Memorial Day is personal for Princeton.

“The people we are here to honor are not distant,” he said. “They're with us in spirit, and their families are still here.”

Princeton observed Memorial Day with a two-hour ritual that included a parade of veterans, Boy and Girl Scouts and two color guard units. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Day 2011 and helping those who serve

May 29, 2011
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Local veterans salute the American flag (AP Photo / The Paris News, Sam Craft)

By Hugh Hewitt | Washington Examiner | washingtonexaminer.com | May 29, 2011

On August 13, the fifth annual Major McClung Memorial 5K and 10K Runs will be held at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The race commemorates the life of United States Marine Corps Major Megan McClung.

Major McClung was a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and she was killed in Ramadi, Iraq on December 6, 2006 when her vehicle struck an IED after a day of escorting Fox and Newsweek reporters around the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Family, friends provide key support to Warrior Games athletes

May 26, 2011

By Frances Johnson | Warrior Care | warriorcare.dodlive.mil | May 26, 2011

While attending the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs last week, Mr. John Campbell spoke about the importance of physical activity in each wounded warrior's recovery process. He also emphasized the important role families and friends play in each recovering Service member's transition. Hear more about effects of family support from the athletes. Read the rest of this entry »

Arnold Veteran to Benefit from Hollywood Actor’s Performance on Friday

May 26, 2011
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Arnold resident and Marine Corporal Todd Nicely, right, and Hollywood Actor Gary Sinese attend a ceremony in St. Louis late last month. Credit courtesy of Chris Kuban

By Tim Rowden | Arnold Patch | Arnold.Patch.com | May 26, 2011

Actor, musician and Illinois native Gary Sinise will perform a benefit concert for wounded Marine Corporal Todd Nicely, of Arnold, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Charles Family Arena.

Nicely, 26, is one of only three surviving quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nicely lost his arms and legs on March 26, 2010 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan.

The concert will feature Sinise's Lt. Dan Band, and represents a collaboration between Sinise and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in New York, which has committed to building a new “smart home” for Nicely specially equipped to meet his needs.

Event spokesman Chris Kuban said corporate sponsors have helped underwrite the St. Louis concert to guarantee that the event's proceeds will go directly toward building a house for Nicely at Lake of the Ozarks, midway between his parents’ home in Arnold and his in-laws' home near Kansas City, MO. Read the rest of this entry »

Holland Marine Veteran Competes In U.S. Warrior Games

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May 25, 2011

By Karen Berger | Mirror Reporter | TheMirrorReporter.com | May 26, 2011

Whether on the track, the basketball court, on horseback or in water, U.S. Marine Sgt. Lee Randles doesn’t let his prosthetic leg stop him.

I haven’t found a sport that I haven’t been able to play,” Randles said. “Although when I play basketball, I’m pretty energetic and some of the guys are scared they will be hit by my leg.” Read the rest of this entry »

Motorcycle ride benefits injured Marines

May 21, 2011

By Jennifer Kabbany | North County Times | NCTimes.com | May 21, 2011

Marines take care of Marines.

That was the mantra espoused by several of the hundreds of Marines who took part Saturday in the annual Wounded Warriors Motorcycle Rally, a fundraiser that benefits the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Lejeune wounded Marine gets specialized car thanks to Semper Fi Fund

May 14, 2011

By Susy Raybon | Military Community Examiner | Examiner.com| May 14, 2011

Three years ago next month, Marine Staff Sergeant Sam Schoenheit was shot in the head in combat in Afghanistan.

The wonder of it all was that SSgt. Schoenheit survived the injury. And now, it won’t be long before he’ll be driving the freeways behind the wheel of his new Chevrolet Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Lejeune Wounded Marine Gifted Specialized Car

May 12, 2011

WITN News | Witn.com | May 13, 2011

"Camp Lejeune Staff Sergeant Sam Schoenheit was left paralyzed on one side of his body after being shot in the head in Afghanistan.

After years of rehab, this highly decorated veteran is getting his mobility back. He needed a specialized car to be able to drive, and that's just what he got for free. Read the rest of this entry »

First-Ever 5K Race That Aims To Help Injured Marines

May 12, 2011

By Harold Egeln | Brooklyn Daily Eagle | Brooklyneagle.com | May 12, 2011

BAY RIDGE, NY — "On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 21, the U.S. Marine Corps spirit will land in Bay Ridge in the form of a five-kilometer fundraising run for the treatment and care of injured Marines. Near the shores of the Narrows, runners and sponsors are getting in shape for a cause close to the hearts of many here in a community that hosts Brooklyn’s only military base, Fort Hamilton. Read the rest of this entry »

Organization helps wounded hero drive again

May 12, 2011

By News 14 Carolina Staff | News 14 Carolina | Triad.news14.com | May 12, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC — "A wounded warrior gets the keys to a new ride for his service.

On Thursday, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Samuel Schoenheit was presented with a brand new Chevy truck specially adapted to fit his needs. Schoenheit was critically injured in 2008 in Afghanistan when he was shot in the head. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior gets special ride

May 12, 2011

By Asha Dave | WWAY3 News | WWAYTV3.com| May 12, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- "A man who gave so much to his country got a big help getting around today.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Samuel Schoenheit was shot in the head in Afghanistan in 2008. His right side was paralyzed, but after years of intense therapy, he can walk and drive his brand new truck. It's compliments of the Semper Fi Fund and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured soldier receives specially adapted vehicle in Wilmington

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May 12, 2011

By Ashley Barker | South College WECT 6 |www.southcollege.wect.com | May 12, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – "SSgt. Samuel Schoenheit, a highly decorated veteran in the Marine Corps, was given a specially adapted vehicle Thursday to help him get around.
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