Beltsville, MD — As a triple amputee, Marine Corporal (Cpl) Todd Love was not sure he would be able to drive again but now he is one step closer to overcoming that obstacle. This week Cpl Love and his family were presented with a specially adapted vehicle by the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »
By Efram Ramirez | PCS-Lodging.com | July 20, 2011
Children of injured soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune spent a week together in the mountains of Pennsylvania at an overnight camp run by the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to injured and ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Jacksonville Daily News reports.
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By Deb Peterson | St Louis Today | Stlouistoday.com | July 20, 2011
Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Force Command, has agreed to be on the links at the Seventh Annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Gen. James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing at the Country Club at the Legends on Aug. 28.
The Marine guest of honor at the outing will be Cpl. Todd Nicely, one of three surviving quadruple amputees of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Nicely lost his arms and legs when he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
Staff writer | JDNews | JDNews.com | July 16, 2011
Children of injured Camp Lejeune Marines were set to be welcomed home late Saturday night with a party after spending a week at a special camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
More than 50 children who have been at the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp were to return at 7 p.m., but traffic in Virginia pushed their return later in the night. Parents and family were waiting for them at Marston Pavilion. Read the rest of this entry »
On March 14, Gunnery Sgt. Brian Meyer was on his third combat deployment when the bomb he was attempting to defuse in the deadly Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province detonated.
The blast sheared off his right leg, his right hand and three fingers of his left hand. Read the rest of this entry »
By FOX News | Foxnews.com | July 9, 2011
A Marine who nearly died in Iraq is giving back to his fellow servicemen and women by biking for the second time 430 miles from Scottsdale, Ariz., to San Diego, Calif., MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.
The annual Bike430 ride, which will be held October 12 this year, raises money for injured Marines and their families through the Injured Marine Fund.
"As long as I can ride my bike I'm going to start helping Marines and any veterans that need help," Angel Gomez said. Read the rest of this entry »
By E. J. Montini | The Arizona Republic | Azcentral.com | July 7, 2011
Charlene Bruce is having trouble finding words to describe how her family's world has changed since receiving a call months ago saying that her son, Robert, a Marine corporal, had been gravely wounded in Afghanistan.
"It was the worst news you can get," she says. "But now it's really good. But when I put it that way, people look at me with this expression that says, 'What?' It's hard to explain in a few words." Read the rest of this entry »
By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel | USMC | Marines.mil | July 7, 2011
Arlington, VA. In seven years, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a civilian operated support fund for Marines, raised and provided $50 million in financial assistance to injured and critically ill service members and their families.
This milestone signifies the growth of the fund and its ability to support injured Marines. The program provides financial relief to qualified service members and their families to cover costs for hospitalizations and recovery. It also helps with recurring needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Linda McIntosh | Sign On San Diego | Signonsandiego.com | July 5, 2011
Camp Pendleton- The Semper Fi Fund recently surpassed the $50 million mark in financial assistance to injured service members. The nonprofit, founded in 2004, provided 31,000 grants to 6,000 military members and their families to help with expenses for hospitalization and long-term rehabilitation from post 9-11 combat injuries. The fund also helps cover the cost of modifying a home or car to make it wheel-chair accessible and buy adaptive equipment and has pitched in for families who lost jobs in order to be at the bedside of a wounded loved one. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kristy Snyder | North Hills Patch | Northhills.patch.com | July 3, 2011
More than 700 people participated in Saturday's Fearless 5K, a race organized to honor Marine Sgt. Joseph Caskey, 24, of West View, who was killed last June in Afghanistan.
His girlfriend, Megan Clark, organized the race. The couple had known each other since they were children and planned to marry.
â€œThings went so well,â€ said Clark, 24. â€œIâ€™m very happy. We are just so appreciative of everyone who came out, our sponsors, our volunteers. It wouldnâ€™t have happened without any of them.â€ Read the rest of this entry »
By Max Smith | WTOP | WTOP.com | July 2, 2011
WASHINGTON - The July Fourth weekend is about celebrating our country, and hundreds spent Saturday morning celebrating our troops, raising money for wounded warriors.
More than 600 runners registered for the second annual Semper Fi 5K in Anacostia Park.
Some runners were out to prove they could do it - a few with prosthetic legs, one grandmother who was stuck in a wheelchair 15 years ago, and another who recovered from a more recent stroke. Others just wanted to offer their support. Read the rest of this entry »
By Christine Vega | Technorati | Technorati.com | July 4, 2011
Today is a day of patriotism, honor, respect, celebration and remembrance. While many of you are at the beach, lake, or any other sunny locale, I hope that you take the time to read this and donate to one of these charities.
1. Armed Services YMCA: This organization does everything that they can to ensure that military families are taken care of at all times.
2. Semper Fi Fund: The charity makes sure that injured Marines are taken care of by providing them with immediate financial support. Read the rest of this entry »
By Joseph Espiritu | Camp Pendleton Patch | Camp.Pendleton.patch.com | July 3, 2011
What began as a â€œwelcome homeâ€ project for nurse Karen Guenther and other Marine spouses seven years ago has blossomed into the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which helps critically ill and injured soldiers and their families.
â€œThe $50 million represents assistance that weâ€™ve given out to more than 6,000 service members and their families,â€ said Director of Community Outreach Kirt Rebello, noting that it was a financial milestone no one expected to reach this early. â€œIt represents everything from specially adapted housing, specialized vehicles, family assistance and programs we work with.â€ Read the rest of this entry »
By Catherine Holland & Steve Bodinet | 3TV | AZFamily.com | July 4, 2011
MESA, Ariz. -- One Valley family is celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in the best possible way. They're welcoming home their Marine.
Cpl. Robert Bruce of Mesa was wounded in Afghanistan during a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A roadside bomb cost him both of his legs below the knees. Read the rest of this entry »
By Brian Webb | ABC 15 | ABC15.com | July 2, 2011
MESA, AZ - Two Marines injured at the same time in Afghanistan met up in the Valley Saturday for the first time since that fateful day.
â€œI remember every part of it,â€ said Corporal Robert Bruce. He was given a heroâ€™s welcome today in Mesa where he grew up. Read the rest of this entry »