Marine wife runs to help wounded troops get back on their feet

February 21, 2013

By DAVID LAUDERDALE | The Island Packet | islandpacket.com | February 21, 2013

A young Beaufort couple stepped out of church to face news they instantly knew would not be good.

"We had missed text messages and phone calls from both my parents – on my phone and my husband's phone – so we knew something was wrong," Jenifer Keller said this week from her home in the Habersham neighborhood.

Keller's younger brother was then a 24-year-old Marine Corps corporal serving his third combat tour in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet America’s five quadruple amputees injured in Iraq, Afghanistan

January 29, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to support each of the injured service members discussed in this article. We are always excited to have others share with us in the successes of our servicemen and women as they travel along their very difficult roads to recovery. The Semper Fi Fund provides long-term assistance for life-long needs so that none of our injured or critically ill service members, like the five amazing men mentioned below, will ever be alone or forgotten.

American Homecomings | americanhomecomings.com | January 29, 2013

Early Easter morning in 2009, about 125 miles north of Baghdad, U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco was riding in an armored vehicle that tripped a roadside explosive device.

The explosion blew Marrocco's arms and legs off, severed his left carotid artery and broke his nose, left eye socket and facial bones. It blew shrapnel into his face, burned his neck and face and damaged his eyesight. Read the rest of this entry »

Jacksonville Daily News: Warm bite for a good cause

January 26, 2013

By Don Bryan | The Daily News | jdnews.com | January 26, 2013

Hundreds gathered at New River Harley-Davidson Saturday to get a warm bite of chili and raise money for the Semper Fi Fund.

The 6th annual Screamin Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge included a chili contest, sampling and live music. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pain Within: War Wounds Run Deep for Returning Veterans

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January 23, 2013

By Karen Guenther: Founder, President and CEO of the Semper Fi Fund | The Huffington Post | huffingtonpost.com | January 23, 2013

Amidst the end-of-year hustle and bustle, most Americans were understandably preoccupied with shopping, travel and family. So many Americans also failed to notice the tragic milestone we passed this holiday season: in 2012, combat deaths were outnumbered by veteran suicides, reaching a record high. It's a startling statistic, particularly when you pause to consider its implications. For the last decade, we've seen tens of thousand of soldiers return home with injuries, many of whom had serious brain or spinal damage. But these numbers only account for the wounds we can see -- and it's the damage outside our field of vision that's sometimes the most lethal. Read the rest of this entry »

Patriots Hockey checks Semper Fi Fund

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January 16, 2013

By Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | DVIDS | dvidshub.net | January 16, 2013

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A Southern California ice hockey team comprised of active and former service members made a huge play Jan. 13 when they presented the Semper Fi Fund with a check for $1,400.

The team, Patriots Hockey, raised the money at the ECHL’s Ontario Reign game Dec. 1 in Ontario, Calif. After spending three periods and an overtime in the corridors of Citizens Business Bank Arena, home of the Reign, raising money for the fund by selling Patriots Hockey t-shirts and accepting donations, the team then took the ice to take on Ontario Fire Department’s hockey team. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready, Set, Go: Second Annual Flight Line Dash

January 15, 2013

By Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza | DVIDS | dvidshub.net | January 15, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – At 6 a.m., with the cold San Diego breeze making them shiver, volunteers with the Officers' Wives' Club hosted the second annual Flight Line Dash aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 12.

Approximately 500 members of the San Diego community ran to support and raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the MCAS Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the MCAS Miramar Children's Library. Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Redefined: Encouraging Veterans with physical disabilities to take on sports

January 15, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to have paratriathlete Michael Johnston on Team Semper Fi!

By Doug Williams | U.S. Paralympics | www.teamusa.org | January 15, 2013

Michael Johnston is a paratriathlete with hopes of competing in the sport’s Paralympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But he is also part of another mission: He’s trying to encourage fellow Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with physical disabilities to get involved in sports to help open doors to new activities, enrich their lives and get them moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Veterans’ Needs, Charitable Dangers

January 5, 2013

By Richard C. Morais | Barron's | barrons.com | Jan 5, 2012

Military personnel are committing suicide at a rate greater than they are dying in battle. In 2011, there were 283 confirmed Army, Reserve, and National Guard suicides, according to the Defense Department. Last year, it appears, the tolling bells rang an even sadder result. In the first 11 months of 2012, there were 303 "potential" suicides among the same group, with 210 so far confirmed by investigators. In contrast, the Stars and Stripes military newspaper reports that, as of Dec. 7, 212 soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Boeing Workers Donate $420,000 to Vets

January 4, 2013

The grants, through an employees fund, were given to nine groups that help military veterans transition into civilian life.

By OC Patch Staff | Los Alamitos – Seal Beach Patch | losalamitos.patch.com | Jan 4, 2013

Boeing's California employees recently gave more than $400,000 to groups that aid military veterans, according to the aerospace and defense company. Read the rest of this entry »

Antlered runners hit the beach for 21st Red Nose Run

December 18, 2012

By Bianca Kaplanek | The Coast News | thecoastnews.com | December 18, 2012

DEL MAR – Clouds and rain couldn't dampen the holiday spirits of the more than 200 runners and dogs who took part in the 21st annual Red Nose Run, a 3K and 5K run/walk hosted by The Low & Slow Running Club to benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

The Del Mar Times: Tee it Up for Troops donations

December 14, 2012

By The Del Mar Times | delmartimes.net | December 14, 2012

Tee it Up for Troops made a significant donation to the Semper Fi Fund for the benefit of the Navy Medical Surf Clinic that occurs every Thursday morning at Del Mar Beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Go Daddy Goes "Gangnam Style" to Celebrate Spectacular 2012 Success

December 8, 2012

By BUSINESS WIRE | CNBC | cnbc.com | December 8, 2012

Legendary Party Featured $2MM Donation to Semper Fi Fund & $1MM in Employee Prizes.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Go Daddy's end-of-year holiday parties have become legendary and 2012 was no exception. Last night, a few thousand Go Daddy employees and their guests were wined and dined, entertained and awarded cash prizes in honor of a record-breaking Go Daddy year.

Go Daddy, the world's largest Web host and domainname provider, is the go-to choice for small businesses looking to leverage the power of the Internet … but there was nothing small about last night's big bash at Phoenix's Chase Field.

Together, Go Daddy and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation presented the Semper Fi Fund with checks totaling $2 million to help injured military veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Times: In Veterans’ Aid

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November 8, 2012

By James Dao | New York Times | nytimes.com | November 8, 2012

GATHERING over a kitchen table and glasses of wine in early 2003, a group of officers' wives at Camp Pendleton, Calif., cobbled together a plan for helping Marines injured during the invasion of Iraq.

First they distributed snacks and toiletries at hospitals, then they bought plane tickets and special equipment for wounded Marines and their families. Volunteers all, the wives assumed that the war would end in 2004, allowing them to go happily out of business.

But the war not only continued, it expanded – and so did their endeavor. Today their organization, the Semper Fi Fund, has nationwide reach Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: Wounded Marines help raise $300K in ride

October 31, 2012

By Linda McIntosh | North County Times | nctimes.com | October 31, 2012

Camp Pendleton Marine Lt. Col. Tres Smith was one of three injured servicemen who accompanied 65 cyclists earlier this month on a 430-mile fundraising bike ride from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Camp Pendleton that raised $300,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured Marines and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines help build fence for wounded warrior’s home

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October 25, 2012

By Amanda Wilcox | The Daily News | jdnews.com | October 25, 2012

Johnny McCallon felt forgotten.

He served his country for 16 years and suffered a traumatic brain injury after an improvised explosive device blew him out of a second story window during a tour of duty in Iraq. He later developed post traumatic stress disorder in addition to back and leg injuries he sustained during the blast. As a result, he was medically discharged from the Marine Corps in 2007. Read the rest of this entry »