Ride for Semper Fi: Prescott man will bicycle 430 miles to benefit injured servicemembers

August 26, 2011

By Lisa Irish | DC Courier | DCCourier.com | August 25, 2011

Daily Courier photo of RFSF Chris Hummel

Dr. Chris Hummel, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center, will be participating in Ride for Semper Fi in October to raise money for injured Marines. The ride begins in Scottsdale and ends in San Diego four days later. Photo by Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Dr. Chris Hummel's work with veterans and his father's involvement with The Ride for Semper Fi compelled him to sign up for the 430-mile ride Oct. 12-15 to benefit wounded service members.

Hummel, a clinical psychologist, helps residents of the domiciliary at the Bob Stump Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Prescott, and in the past worked with children whose parents were deployed.

"It's giving back to the people I serve," Hummel said. "There has to be a lot of different avenues to address all the things going on for veterans coming back."

Hummel's father, Larry, has helped with the fundraising ride from Scottsdale to San Diego since it began in 2008. "He drives the RV and carries water and food," said Hummel, adding that his mother, Shirley, prepares food and his nephews, Wesley, 8, and Nicholas, 4, hand out water and snacks at each stop. Read the rest of this entry »

Oorah! City Honors Marine Corps Athlete

August 25, 2011
Capt Rob Hillery photo Carlsbad Patch 8.24.11

Capt. Robert Hillary poses with his proclamation. Photo by Oren Goodman

By Oren Goodman | Carlsbad Patch | Carlsbad.Patch.com | August 24, 2011

Capt. Robert Hillery is both the U.S. Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year for 2009 and a humanitarian. At Tuesday night's council meeting, he was honored for both with a city proclamation.

As Mayor Matt Hall introduced Hillery, the traditional Marine Corps yell of "Oorah!" was shouted from Hillery's friends and family. The mayor, an Army veteran, wanted a better cheer.

"Want to do that once more, in sync?" Hall asked with a grin. Hall joined them in the cheer, and then gave background information about Hillery, saying the captain had moved to Carlsbad in 2004 to serve at Camp Pendleton and has been a Marine for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded corpsman transferred to Florida trauma unit

August 23, 2011
Cherokee Scout Photo of Andrew Long 8.23.11

Andrew Long, a U.S. Navy corpsman who was wounded in Afghanistan, uses a special door to get into the driver’s seat of his extended cab Chevrolet 2500-series truck that the Veterans Administration paid to modify extensively to meet his needs. Photo by Scott Wallace/Cherokee Scout

By Scott Stambaugh | Cherokee Scout | Cherokee Scout | August 23, 2011

Andrew Long, a U.S. Navy corpsman shot in Afghanistan in October, has transferred to the Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Florida, a Veterans Administration facility that provides intensive rehabilitative care to veterans.

The transfer comes after nearly a year of recuperation at various VA facilities, as well as at home in Murphy. It required much lobbying by Long for the transfer to be affected.

Long, who is still technically on active duty, said the Navy was unreceptive to his lobbying and the transfer would not have happened without the intervention of the U.S. Marine Corps and affiliate organizations. Long was attached to a Marine Corps unit at the time of his injury.

“[The Navy] didn’t want to pay for the move, they didn’t want to pay me to go down there. They pretty much just sent me home and forgot about me, and said, ‘Take care of your own [problems].’ They left it up to me to find my rehab places, to find my tri-care and work all my insurance out. So the Navy has done nothing,” Long said. Read the rest of this entry »

American Hero Jumps Into AirVenture

August 18, 2011

Air Adventure Post | Airadventure.com | August 18, 2011

Marine Sergeant Jonathan Blank, of Augusta, Kansas, received a nice gift at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 when he was provided with a tandem jump with the Liberty Parachute Team to open the air show on Friday, July 29. Last October Blank, 24, lost both of his legs and sustained internal injuries from an improvised explosive device while serving with the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The incident occurred four days before he was scheduled to rotate back to the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

WyoTech’s 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

August 16, 2011

By Bobby Kimbrough | Networked Blog | Networkedblogs.com| August 16, 2011

Marine Staff Sergeant Guillermo Tejada grew up around cars and his dream had always been to own a Camaro. A career Marine, SSgt Tejada had become accustomed to making sacrifices. With a growing family, he would have to put aside his dream and go to work at other passions, being a United States Marine, a father and a loving husband. Things changed dramatically for the 31 year old Marine on November 11, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ Bill Hoover to Co-Host IMSFF Fundraiser

August 16, 2011


By Molly Mulrain | GOV Con Executive | govconexecutive.com | August 16, 2011

President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS Bill Hoover has been a leader in the information systems and services market sector for more than 30 years. Throughout his career, his passion and vision for the industry have allowed him to succeed in various executive roles for several companies.

However, while Hoover's impact on the IT market has been substantial, this veteran officer of the U.S. Navy has also been a force in supporting his fellow service men and women. As part of these efforts, he is co-hosting a fundraiser Sept. 8, 2011, with the Tavern at Great Falls in Great Falls, Va. to the benefit of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Hoover recently spoke with GovCon Executive and shared why this particular cause is important to him and what attendees can expect. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Ball tickets on sale now

August 15, 2011

Sonoma News | Sonomanews.com | August 15, 2011

The Wine Country Marines' annual Birthday Ball is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma.

This will be the 26th anniversary of the popular, patriotic event in Sonoma. Gen. Paul X. (P.X.) Kelley, USMC (ret.) - the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps, will be the guest of honor. Kelley served as commandant under President Ronald Reagan. He is currently the oldest living former commandant of the Marine Corps. Read the rest of this entry »

Jerabek Challenge helps injured Marines

Jerabek Challenge photo
August 15, 2011

By Mark Leland | Fox 11 | www.fox11online.com | August 13, 2011

HOBART - Governor Scott Walker proclaimed Saturday in Wisconsin "Private First Class Ryan Jerabek--Semper Fi Fund Day" to mark the 6th annual Ryan Jerabek Memorial Challenge.

The event is a 4-mile run-walk named after the fallen Marine from Hobart with proceeds going to a fund to help injured Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Gets Hot New Set Of Wheels

August 14, 2011

CBS Los Angeles | losangeles.cbslocal.com | August 14, 2011

LONG BEACH (CBS) — Staff Sergeant Guillermo Tejeda lost both his legs to an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in Afghanistan.

Driving, it would seem, would be more than just a bit of a challenge.

Not for some local students – also veterans – who wanted to find a way to honor a hero.
So, they designed and customized a hot Camaro (make that very hot! red and black!) so Tejada could drive using hand controls.
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Memorial Run Honors First Female Marine Killed in Action During OIF

August 14, 2011

By 2nd Class Nardel Gervacio |Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Whidbey Island | Navy.mil | August 14, 2011

-- More than 225 competitors hit the pavement during the 5th Annual Major Megan McClung Memorial Run aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Aug. 13.

The memorial run, consisting of five- and 10-kilometer runs, is held each year in remembrance of McClung, who died Dec. 6, 2006 in Ramadi, Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds Take Part in 6th Annual Jerabek Challenge

August 14, 2011
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PFC Ryan Jerabek. Photo courtesy of WBAY News.

By Molly Hendrickson | ABC 2 WBAY | wbay.com | August 14, 2011

An annual run in Hobart keeps an area Marine's memory alive.

Pfc. Ryan Jerabek died in 2004 while serving in Iraq.

Saturday marked the sixth annual Jerabek Challenge in Hobart.

From the moment you step foot in the small Hobart park, it's clear you're somewhere special. Read the rest of this entry »

Honoring a fallen hero, Jerabek Challenge Aug 13

August 13, 2011

By Dustin Alexander | The Examiner | Examiner.com | August 13, 2011

Ryan Jarabek's mom by the Examiner 8.13.11

Rita Jerabek holds a picture of her son Ryan. Credit: Taylor Weidman of The Christian Science Monitor

Hobart, WI — On Saturday, August 13 runners will be taking on the Jerabek Challenge in honor Marine Private First Class Ryan Jerabek who died in combat in Iraq in 2004. Proceeds from the run will be given to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Ryan Jerabek, an 18-year-old Hobart, Wisconsin native, joined the Marine Corps after graduating from Pulaski High School. He gave his life for the cause of freedom on April 6, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The run will take place on the roads that Ryan ran to prepare himself for service to his country and the Marine Corps. Read the rest of this entry »

Whidbey Island Race Remembers Iraq’s First Fallen Female Marine Officer

August 12, 2011

By Jessica Robinson | KUOW | KUOW.org | August 12, 2011

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A 5K and 10K foot race on Saturday at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island will honor the first female Marine officer killed in combat in the Iraq War. Simultaneously, Marines stationed in Afghanistan will participate in a race honoring their fallen comrade. Read the rest of this entry »

The Rabbi Comes to the Mountain — Chaplain and Son climb Mt Kilimanjaro for SFF!

Capt Elson photo from DVIDS 441323_q75
August 10, 2011

By Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | DVID | Dvidshub.net | August 10, 2011

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA — Some families take a vacation as a yearly tradition to a nice resort by a beach to relax and soak under the sun. Others might choose a cabin to fish and enjoy the outdoors, yet others might just want to take a few days off to get away from the rigors of work. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warriors participate in inaugural Cutting Horse Classic!

July 31, 2011

Nokesville, VA -- As a part of Semper Fi Fund's new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors, ten select wounded Marines from the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment will be participating in the inaugural Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia this week. Read the rest of this entry »