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

LCpl Ortiz photo LA Times
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 »

Marine raises money across country

June 1, 2011
Bill Conner Delmarva photo 6.1.11

After putting his back tire in the Pacific Ocean to start the trek, Maj. Bill Conner gives a thumbs-up as he puts the front tire in the Atlantic. Photo by Nick Roth/The Daily Times

By Alyson Cunningham | Delmar VA Now | | June 1, 2011

BETHANY BEACH — On his bicycle journey across the country, Marine Maj. Bill Conner’s friends were never far from his thoughts.

“A lot of times when you have a tail wind, the (American) flag will be tapping you on the shoulder,” he said about the flag that was flown in Iraq by Maj. Doug Zembiec, who was killed in 2007 during combat. “Anytime I felt the flag tapping me on the back, I always thought of Doug just tapping me on the shoulder and saying, ‘Hey, keep on going.’ ”

Conner cycled 3,113 miles from San Diego to Bethany Beach to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the military and their families. He ended his trek on May 27 by dipping the front tire of his bike into the Atlantic Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »

Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon During Memorial Day Weekend in Sea Isle City

June 1, 2011

By Press Release | Cape May County Herald | | June 1, 2011

SEA ISLE CITY - On May 28, the 4th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon in Sea Isle City raised nearly $42,000 for the Injured Marines "Semper Fi Fund and VFW Post 1963. The event, which was the largest to date, served as Sea Isle's official kick-off of the 2011 summer season. Read the rest of this entry »

Raceway tract to test fortitude of athletes

May 31, 2011

By Jake Remaly | Daily Record | | May 31, 2011

Old Bridge, PA— A mecca for motor vehicle racers will focus on “human horsepower” on Aug. 6.

Raceway Park President Michael Napp has been busy devising and building 5- and 10½-mile running courses riddled with military obstacles. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Songwriters Pen Moving Tribute To Our Fallen Heroess

May 30, 2011

By Joey Cingrana | Fresh 1027 Radio | | May 30, 2011

Local NYC songwriters Vinny D'Orio, Dave Rath, Michelle Cleary and Tina Kenny have released an incredibly moving tribute to all of our fallen heroes just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. If you have lost a loved one in the armed or civil services, you better break out your tissues, "It's gonna get a little wet in here." Read the rest of this entry »

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

May 30, 2011

By Vicki-Ann Downing | Enterprise News | | 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

Reichenthal photo Boston Herald 5.29.11
May 29, 2011
Reichenthal photo Boston Herald 5.29.11

'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 | | 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 »