Wounded Marine to receive vehicle

May 11, 2011

By Staff Writer | JDNews | JDNews.com | May 11, 2011

"The Semper Fi Fund will present a special vehicle to a Camp Lejeune wounded warrior on Thursday.

Marine Staff Sgt. Samuel Schoenheit, who was partially paralyzed during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2008, will receive a specially adapted vehicle at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington at 2 p.m. Thursday.
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Shore News Today – Triathlon May 28

May 11, 2011

By Staff Reporter | Shore News Today| Shorenewstoday.com | May 11, 2011

SEA ISLE CITY – "The fourth annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon begins the 2011 summer by remembering veterans and disabled military personnel. The competition, which will take place in Sea Isle City on Saturday, May 28, will benefit two veteran’s organizations: The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963.
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Tulsa Marine Begins Next Leg Of Cross Country Trek

NewsOn6 Photo of Bill Conner 5.10.11
May 10, 2011

By News on 6 Tulsa | Newson6.com.com | May 10, 2011

TULSA, Oklahoma -- "A Tulsa Marine has begun the next leg of his cross-country journey.

News On 6 introduced you to Major Bill Conner on Sunday. He rode into town just in time to surprise his mom for Mother's Day.

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He’s just a great guy

May 10, 2011
Sgt Peck homecoming News-Sun

Marine Sgt. John Peck is saluted as he arrives at a blood drive and benefit at the Antioch VFW on Monday. He lost both arms and legs to a bomb explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Photo provided by News-Sun.

By Diana Kuyper | The News-Sun | Newssun.suntimes.com | May 10, 2011

ANTIOCH — Marine Sgt. John Peck wheeled into the VFW on Monday morning in his motorized wheelchair and was inundated with attention from area residents and officials. They wanted to thank him for his service and the sacrifice he made when he lost four limbs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan almost a year ago.

Peck arrived in a motorcade escorted by police and fire vehicles and a Patriot Guard motorcycle contingent. More than 2,500 supporters, including hundreds of grade and high school students, lined the sidewalks on Main Street and waved American flags as he passed by in a van donated by the Semper Fi Fund.
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Tulsa Marine visits his mom on Mother’s Day

May 9, 2011

By Nicole Burgin | KRMG | KRMG.com | May 9, 2011

Tulsa, OK -- "A special Mother’s Day for one Green Country mother as her son, a U.S. Marine, visits Tulsa. It has been about a year and a half since Major Bill Conner has seen his mom. He returned home from Afghanistan in March, one of his six deployments overseas. Within a month of getting back, Conner set on a 6-week cross country bicycle ride to raise money for the Semper Fi fund, an organization that helps injured Marines and those injured while supporting Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

Ultimate warrior: Delco Marine injured in shooting will participate in athletic event

LCpl Nicholas Green Delco Times 5.9.11
May 9, 2011
LCpl Nicholas Green Delco Times 5.9.11

Photo provided by Delco Times.

By Danielle Lynch | Delco Times | DelcoTimes.com | May 9, 2011

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Green — who was shot in the stomach last August — is doing a lot better these days.

So well, that he’ll have the chance to compete in the upcoming Warrior Games competition.

“It definitely feels great to be where I am now,” Green said. “A few months ago … I was not sure where I’d be.” Read the rest of this entry »

Marine bicycling cross-country makes it to Tulsa to celebrate Mother’s Day with mom

Tulsa World Bill Conner with Mom 5.9.11
May 9, 2011

By Manny Gamallo | Tulsa World News | Tulsaworld.com | May 9, 2011

There aren't too many people who would hop on a bicycle and ride 1,490 miles with a plan in mind to be with their mother on Mother's Day.

That was on Marine Maj. Bill Conner's mind, though, when he left Ocean-side, Calif., on Easter Sunday to start his 3,300-mile "Semper Fi Ride Across America" bicycle run to help raise money for injured Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

KTUL ABC Tulsa: Local Marine Riding Across Country to Help

May 8, 2011

KTUL8 ABC Tulsa | KTUL.com | May 8, 2011

A local Marine is riding across the country to raise money for injured Marines. He made it home to Tulsa in time for a Mother's Day surprise. e

Fox 23 Tulsa: Marine Biking Across America Makes Mother’s Day Surprise

May 8, 2011

By Ian Silver | Fox 23 News | www.fox23.com | May 8, 2011

A U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq is riding his bicycle across America to raise money for a great cause, and Sunday he made a special stop in his home town of Tulsa to surprise his mom for Mother's Day.

Maj. Bill Conner started his 33-hundred-mile journey across the U.S. on Easter, and is hoping to finish in Ocean View, Delaware by Memorial Day. Along the way he's hoping to raise $35,500 for the Semper Fi Fund to help his fellow servicemen and women who come back from overseas with injuries.

Sunday he surprised the woman who quite possibly could be the proudest mother on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Antioch Marine will get hero’s welcome

Cpl John Peck photo Sun News 5.5.11
May 5, 2011

By Diana Kuyper | The News-Sun | newssun.suntimes.com | May 5, 2011

Antioch's hometown hero, Marine Cpl. John Peck, returns home this week and will attend a blood drive in his honor at the Antioch VFW on May 9.

Area residents are urged to welcome him home by lining up along the route to the blood drive, starting at the intersection of routes 83 and 173 at 10:45 a.m. that will take him through downtown Antioch to North Avenue and west on North Avenue to the VFW at 75 North Ave. Read the rest of this entry »

With help, North Texas veteran who lost legs to trade apartment for four-bedroom house

May 3, 2011
Zach Briseno in front of new home by StarTelegram

Zach Briseno's house is on a lot donated by Hillwood Residential. The house was built by Standard Pacific Homes of Dallas, which provides an in-kind donation equal to the cost of the lot. The Semper Fi Fund donated $25,000 toward construction. Photo by Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison.

By Chris Vaughn | Star Telegram | Star-Telegram.com | May 3, 2011

Fort Worth, TX -- Zach Briseno remembers well an out-of-the-blue offer that fell squarely in the "too good to be true" category.

An organization he had never heard of asked him whether he would like a new quarter-million-dollar house, built to his specifications in the color of his choice in a planned community with a swimming pool.

It wouldn't be free. He would have to pay $50,000 for it, or about $350 a month. Other than that, everything was covered.

"It was crazy," he said. "I thought it was a joke. How often do you get a phone call like that?"

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Homestead’s Semper Fi Fundraiser This Weekend

May 2, 2011
Homestead Gardens Severna park photo

Homestead Gardens Severna Park. Photo by Leslie Hunt.

By Leslie Hunt | Severna Park Patch | Patch.com | May 2, 2011

Homestead Gardens is having its yearly fundraiser for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Severna Park store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This is the sixth year the garden center has helped raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund that helps injured Marines adjust to life after an altering injury while in service. Read the rest of this entry »

Congressman Darrell Issa Honors Marine Captain Robert Hillery

April 27, 2011
Issa Representative and Capt Robert Hillery

Capt Rob Hillery receiving the Congressional Proclamation

Congratulations Marine Captain Robert Hillery on his recent Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Darrell Issa! Congressman Issa recently honored Capt Hillery with the Proclamation and spoke in the U.S. House of Representatives about Capt Hillery's heroic service to his country as well as recognizing his athletic efforts to raise awareness and support for the Semper Fi Fund through his "1 in 10" fundraising events. Read the rest of this entry »

Flowers for Marines?

April 26, 2011

By Susan Reimer | Baltimore Sun | http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com | April 26, 2011

Homestead Gardens Flyer April 2011

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured servicemen and women and their families, will be the beneficiary again this year of a fundraiser at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.

The Homestead fundraising effort is the brainchild of Gloria Rodriguez, who works at Homestead. She fled Castro's Cuba 40 years ago with her husband and two sons, and expresses her gratutude to this country by volunteering to help injured Marines and by raising money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Santee Resident Crowned Ms. Wheelchair California 2011

April 25, 2011
Corey Petersen being crowned Ms. Wheelchair CA

Corey Petersen being crowned Ms. Wheelchair California. Photo courtesy of Ms. Wheelchair California

Kristina Blake | Santee Patch | santee.patch.com | April 25, 2011

Corey Petersen will compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2011 competition in August.

As an athlete, veteran, wife, daughter, sister and friend, Corey Petersen holds many titles. Now, she has one more to add to her list: Ms. Wheelchair California 2011.

The Santee resident received her crown and sash at the 2011 Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant last Saturday, which was held at the Abilities Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“I’m still kind of getting used to it,” said Petersen, who has resided in Santee since last May. “It’s really surreal. Exciting, but surreal.” Read the rest of this entry »