12 races, 12 months, 1,200 miles | Marine veteran proves docs wrong, comes back from injuries

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January 12, 2015

PT 365 Military Times | January 8, 2015 | By Sara Davidson | Link to Article
Retired Maj. Felicia Wilkerson isn’t done.

In January 2010, the former Marine Corps helicopter pilot suffered massive blood loss after an emergency C-section surgery. Many surgeries later, she now has severe nerve, muscle and tissue damage to her abdomen, undissolved abdominal mesh and other problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Developer and Semper Fi Fund Donate Home to Veteran

Christmas came early Dec. 23 for U.S. Marine Matt Todd when this home was donated to him by the Semper Fi Fund and Greentree Development Group LLC.
January 2, 2015

Construction Equipment Guide | Region: Northeast Edition | StoryID: 24211 | Published On: 12/31/2014

Haskell, NJ - Christmas came early Tuesday, Dec. 23, for former U.S. Marine Matt Todd. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving Back: Escrow.com Golf Tourney with Matching Funds from Go Daddy & the Parsons Foundation Raises $380,000 for Wounded Veterans

Among those standing out in the crowd at this year's tournament were (L to R): retired  Master Sergeant Davey Lind (Davey is a 20-year Marine veteran who lost both legs during his second deployment to Iraq in 2007 when his vehicle struck an IED), NHL hockey great Teemu Selanne, Escrow.com President Brandon Abbey and Golf Pro Rick Booth.
December 17, 2014

Domain Name Journal | Link to Article | Posted December 16, 2014

For the past three years Escrow.com and Hanna's Restaurant has staged an annual golf tournament in Southern California to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. These funds provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Corvette buffs raise $17K for injured military

December 17, 2014

U-T San Diego | By Linda McIntosh | Link to Article | 6 A.M. DEC. 16, 2014

CARLSBAD — This year’s Vettes for Veterans Corvette car show raised $17,000 for injured military members. The event over Veteran’s Day weekend showcased 170 cars and drew a crowd of hundreds to the parking lot of TGIFridays in Carlsbad. Read the rest of this entry »

Disabled veterans hit the slopes at Breckenridge this week

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December 2, 2014

KDVR FOX 31 DENVER | BY KENT ERDAHL | LINK TO COVERAGE | POSTED 8:06 PM, DECEMBER 2, 2014

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A unique ski event in Breckenridge this week is helping our wounded warriors hit the slopes, many for the very first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Vet Crosses Country on Horseback for PTSD Awareness

A Marine Corps veteran has come to Camp Pendleton after traveling across the country on horseback to raise awareness for veterans dealing with physical and emotional pain. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports on Nov. 30, 2014. (Published Monday, Dec 1, 2014)
December 1, 2014

NBC San Diego | Monday, Dec 1, 2014 • Updated at 12:13 PM PST | By Liberty Zabala | Link to Article | Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook

A Marine Corps veteran has come home to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California, after traveling across the country entirely on horseback. Read the rest of this entry »

‘The long trail home’ raises money for veterans

Matt Littrell (left) began his journey in May when he left from Camp Lejune in Surf City, North Carolina and headed to Camp Pendleton. Also pictured: Kristen Fuhrmann - Alex Cubit
November 24, 2014

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 7:32 pm | Updated: 7:43 pm, Fri Nov 21, 2014 | Alexis Cubit | Hi-Desert Star | Link to Article

YUCCA VALLEY — According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, more than 22 veterans commit suicide daily. Matt Littrell was almost one of them.

One night, he called the Veteran Affairs Crisis Line and was upset by how he was treated. Read the rest of this entry »

Journey Downstream

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November 20, 2014

WISCONSIN LIFE | Journey Downstream | Aired: 11/17/201405:26 | Rating: TV-G
As a Marine serving in Afghanistan, Nic Doucette faced challenges often. But as a college student at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, Nic set out in search of new challenges and new ways to help others. His choice: kayaking the length of the Mississippi River to raise money for injured veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

Founder of charity for wounded troops receives joint-service award

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November 19, 2014

Military Times | By Karen Jowers, Staff Writer | 1:19 p.m. EST November 19, 2014 | Link to Article

The president of Semper Fi Fund, a charity that provides immediate and continuing support to critically wounded, ill and injured service members and their families, has been awarded the joint-service civilian humanitarian award.

Karen Guenther received the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony Nov. 17 at the Pentagon. Read the rest of this entry »

Concert for Valor inspires outpouring of donations to nonprofits that help veterans

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November 17, 2014

Washington Post | By John Woodrow Cox | Email John | Follow @JohnWoodrowCox | November 12 at 7:40 PM | Link to Article and Photo Gallery

Before introducing rock star Dave Grohl at Tuesday night’s Concert for Valor, film legend Meryl Streep told those packed onto the Mall and watching on HBO about something more important.

“Please: Go to theconcertforvalor.com and read about the veterans service organizations like Semper Fi Fund and Give an Hour and Soldier On,” she said. “Find your way to give and honor the valor of those who serve.” Read the rest of this entry »

Marines ride in memory of Marine killed in Fallujah

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November 10, 2014

Jacksonville Daily News | By Adelina Colbert Adelina.colbert@JDNews.com | Link to Article | Published: Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 03:38 PM. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund’s Horsemanship Program Offers Peace to Veterans

Aaron McMihelk walks his horse at the Colorado roundup. Credit Julie Bender
November 6, 2014

New York Times | By DAVE CALDWELL | NOV. 6, 2014 | Link to Article

Eleven years after he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident that no one thought he would survive, Mike Johnston found himself on a horse last spring, a cowboy for a week, herding cattle through rolling Wyoming terrain with a dozen other former and current members of the United States military. Read the rest of this entry »

GoDaddy Founder Doubles Up His Year-End Donation for Veterans’ Care

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November 1, 2014

The Chronicle of Philanthropy | November 24, 2014 | By Tom Held |Link to Article
For the second year in a row, GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is doubling up his year-end matching-gift push to raise money for wounded veterans through the Semper Fi Fund.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation pledged $5-million as a matching gift this year after Mr. Parsons offered matching grants of $1-million in 2012 and $2.5-million in 2013, with support from GoDaddy Cares. Read the rest of this entry »

Medal of Honor recipient to start marathon with skydive

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October 27, 2014

Fox News | Oct. 25, 2014 - 2:51 | Link to Video

Kyle Carpenter on record-breaking attempt and representing the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps Marathon Filled With 30,000 Stories

Finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon. (Photo by Chuck Carroll/All-News 99.1)
October 27, 2014

CBS DC | By Chuck Carroll | October 26, 2014 1:59 PM | Link to Article

WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The Marine Corps Marathon, also known as “The People’s Marathon,” symbolizes the values of the Marine Corps.

Many service members ran or pedaled the 26.2 miles for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For Marine Gunnery Sgt. Guillermo Tejada it’s more than a marathon. It’s a reminder of Nov. 11, 2010.

“That day I got struck by an I.E.D. and I lost both of my legs on impact,” Tejada says. Read the rest of this entry »