Navy Lt. Runs 100 Mile Endurance Race to Honor Fallen Service Members

June 21, 2011

By Lee H. Saunders | Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs | | June 20, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) -- A Navy Lt. competed in the ultra-marathon San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run to honor fallen service members, June 12.

"I completed the San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run after 31 hours and 32 minutes of continuous forward motion in the Laguna Mountain Recreational Area, and on the Pacific Crest, Noble Canyon, and Cuyamaca Trails 10 miles south of Julian, Calif.," said Lt. Paulstephen Chierico, Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Public Works Department (PWD). Read the rest of this entry »

Marine: God only reason we lived

June 21, 2011
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Darla Woodard, from left, Mike Woodard, U.S. Marine Cpl. Colte James and Jared James take time for a photograph on Friday at their home in Petal. Photo by Matt Bush | Hattiesburg American

By La Tonya Frelix | Hattiesburg American | | June 21, 2011

The first couple days of June started out promising for Marine Cpl. Colte James. June 1 meant only two more months left of deployment for James, a Petal native, and the other members of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. James, who was on his second tour in Afghanistan, was promoted June 2 to corporal. And on June 3, he celebrated his 22nd birthday - complete with a package of goodies sent from his mom.

But everything changed on June 4.

James and four other Marines were in a military vehicle when it drove over an improvised explosive device. James suffered a fractured vertebrae, cranial bleed and several bruises, but he said he and the others are expected to make full recoveries. Read the rest of this entry »

Reasons for running

June 21, 2011

| Air Forces News | | June 21, 2011

US Naval Sea Cadet Corpsfrom the Lone Star Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas (Courtesy photo by Scott Moeller)

Members of a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Color Guard from the Lone Star Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, present the colors at the “Wounded Warrior Half Marathon 10K and Military Mile Fun Run” in Los Colinas, Texas, June 12, 2011.

According to the Wounded Warrior website, more than 1,500 runners took part in the event to honor our men and women of the military and help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance to Marines and Sailors injured in post 9-11 combat, and ReserveAid, which gives financial support to Reserve Service Members from all branches of the military. The Lone Star Squadron is commanded by LTJG Jayne Bell, NSCC. Read the rest of this entry »

Leatherneck 5k raises $5,000

June 16, 2011
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Photos by Gunnery Sergeant James R. Hardy. Denis Oliverio's dog has the Leatherneck attitude. To his right, No.18 is John Williamson.

DC Military | | June 16, 2011

5th Annual Leatherneck 5k Race/ Fun Run/Walk was held on May 21, with a course starting and finishing on Cedar Point Road in front of the golf course.

Entry fees amounted to more than $5,000, and all proceeds will be donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

The fund is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

They direct urgently needed resources to post 9/11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Gary Sinise Launches Foundation – Press Release

June 14, 2011

Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning actor Gary Sinise will launch the Gary Sinise Foundation July 4th, 2011 to honor the Nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The foundation will provide and support unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Documentary captures life of wounded Marines

June 14, 2011

By Gretel C. Kovach | Union Tribune San Diego | | June 14, 2011

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Cpl. Justin McLoud, his wife Amber and son Desmond. — Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune

Amber McLoud was shopping in Walmart when she got the call. A gunnery sergeant wanted to inform her of some “really bad news” about her husband, an infantry Marine deployed to Afghanistan.

McLoud feared the worst — that her husband was going to be sent home in a flag-draped coffin. She abandoned her basket and rushed outside, leaving her wallet and keys behind with the socks she meant to purchase for their newborn son.

Cpl. Justin McLoud, a 23-year-old fire team leader, was not dead, Amber learned when she resumed the call. He had been severely injured by a roadside bomb blast on patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, with Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi helps wounded warriors compete in athletics

June 11, 2011

T.J. Pemberton of Edmond, a Marine veteran, competes in archery during the Endeavor Games at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

By Ed Godrey | News OK | | June 11, 2011

If not for Team Semper Fi, injured Marine veteran Dan Govier says he probably would just be sitting in the basement of his Wisconsin home.

Instead, Govier, who was wounded in Iraq in 2003, competes in archery at Paralympic events across the country, including this weekend's Endeavor Games in Edmond.

“I didn't even know about Paralympic events or even that I qualified for them,” said Govier, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and other wounds in combat. “That's what Team Semper Fi does. They get us up to be active.”

It's desperately needed for some, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Half Marathon Benefits Wounded Warriors

June 10, 2011

By James Rose | Fox 4 News-Dallas/Fort Worth | | June 10, 2011

Dallas, TX - More than 1,600 people plan to participate in the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon in Los Colinas this Sunday. The money raised goes to two North Texas non-profit agencies that help people like Marine Cpl. Jacob Schick. Read the rest of this entry »

Rock Solid Mud Run To Debut At Raceway Park

June 10, 2011

By Susan Wade | Central Jersey | | June 10, 2011

ENGLISHTOWN -- Adventure-seeking fun runners, as well as serious competitors and hard-core fitness enthusiasts -- those who are ready to "Unleash Your Alter Ego" -- can shift into high gear at the inaugural ROCK SOLID MUD RUN. Read the rest of this entry »

Honor Our Military Today By Running

June 7, 2011

By Becky Bennett | Dallas Examiner | | May 30, 2011

Dallas Athletes Racing encourages everyone this Memorial Day to honor our troops and your body by signing up for the 2nd annual Wounded Warrior Half Marathon and 10K run and one mile military escort run (link) scheduled for Sunday June 12th in downtown Las Colinas. Read the rest of this entry »

Memory of Marine to power fundraiser

June 6, 2011

By Rachel Weaver | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | | June 6, 2011

Loved ones of late Marine Corps Sgt. Joseph Caskey knew the best way to honor him would be through an event with a focus on fitness.

Caskey of West View was killed in action June 26, 2010, in an explosion in Afghanistan. He was 24. Read the rest of this entry »

VA trauma center treats most grievously wounded troops

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June 5, 2011

By Tony Perry | LA Times | LATimes. com | June 5, 2011

The Palo Alto facility is among four nationwide in which physicians and therapists take a team approach to care for those who have suffered amputations and other catastrophic injuries, many from bomb blasts. Read the rest of this entry »

Homestead Gardens Supports Marine Charity

June 3, 2011

Gladys Rodriguez and Don Riddle Jr., President and CEO of Homestead Gardens. Photo courtesy of John Singleton.

By John Singleton | Severna Park Voice | | June 3, 2011

Just in time for Memorial Day, Homestead Gardens completed its sixth year in support of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. The fund provides financial relief to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as other members of the Armed Forces if they are injured while attached to a Marine unit.

"Homestead Gardens is extremely privileged to be part of supporting the Semper Fi Fund. This organization does amazing work in helping to ease some of the financial burden on our injured heroes and their families. This is such a great cause that we jumped at the opportunity to participate and plan on doing so for a long time," said Don Riddle Jr., president and CEO of Homestead Gardens. Read the rest of this entry »

Oceanside Marine Celebrates Cross-Country Bicycle Ride

June 2, 2011

By Beth Ford Roth | KPBS San Diego | | June 2, 2011

Maj. Bill Conner left Oceanside on his bicycle, geared up for a cross-country ride, on Easter Sunday. His goal was to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and that's exactly what he did - to the tune of $35,500. The Associated Press reports he completed his 3,115 mile journey last Friday in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Read the rest of this entry »

Veterans Triathlon Raises $42,000 for Charity

June 2, 2011

By Nate Mulbert | Atlantic City Weekly | | June 1, 2011

The fourth annual Tri-For-Our Veterans Triathlon took place this past Saturday, May 28, in Sea Isle City and raised $42,000 to be dispersed between the Injured Marines “Semper Fi” Fund and VFW Post 1963, two charities that serve injured veterans. Read the rest of this entry »