Honor Our Military Today By Running

June 7, 2011

By Becky Bennett | Dallas Examiner | Examiner.com | 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 | Pittsburghlive.com | 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 | severnaparkvoice.com | 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 | www.homepost.kpbs.org | 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 | Atlanticcityweekly.com | 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
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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 | Delmarvanow.com | 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 | Capemaycountyherald.com | 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 | Dailyrecord.com | 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 | Fresh1027.radio.com | 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 | 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
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 | 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 »