Lone Star Ranch 2015

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February 17, 2015

Casper, Wyoming - Saddle up with the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for a week of cowboying at the Lone Star Ranch near Casper, Wyoming.

This is our second year at the storied Lone Star Ranch and the perfect place to put our horsemanship skills learned in previous clinics into practical application. The Lone Star is an historic Wyoming cattle ranch, not a “Dude Ranch,” that still does all its ranching the traditional way from the back of a horse. Read the rest of this entry »

Montana Rendezvous 2015

February 17, 2015

Absarokee, Montana - Join Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for a horse packing and fly-fishing adventure in the majestic Beartooth Mountains near Absarokee, Montana Read the rest of this entry »

Cowboy Adventure in the Majestic Big Horn Mountains

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January 15, 2015

Sheridan, WY - Join Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for an authentic cowboy adventure in the majestic Big Horn Mountains at the Double Rafter Ranch near Sheridan, Wyoming

This is our third year at the Double Rafter--our most popular and challenging clinic. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl, and want to experience ranching the way it was done a 150 years ago, then this is the clinic to sign up for. We’ll join the Double Rafter crew for a week of cowboying that will cover all aspects of cattle handling from horseback. From rounding up cattle scattered throughout tall pines and deep valleys, to branding calves in pristine mountain meadows, to driving 500 cattle over high mountain passes, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded soldiers hit Park City slopes

The Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans, is holding an event this weekend at Park City Mountain Resort that allows service members to ski and snowboard and learn from Paralympics instructors. (Courtesy of the Semper Fi Fund)
January 12, 2015

About 60 veterans are participating in the fourth annual event

The Park Record | Bubba Brown | POSTED: 01/09/2015 04:17:40 PM MST0 | Link to Article

Park City, UT - Returning from war is seldom easy for soldiers. Post-traumatic stress disorder haunts many and those who have been wounded during their service often find challenges in what were once simple tasks of daily life. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program inaugural Dixie Challenge

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December 12, 2014

Jackson, Mississippi - Come saddle up for Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program’s inaugural horsemanship clinic in Jackson, Mississippi. Were rounding up 12 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans for an exciting weekend of cowboy skills training and team competition. 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.

The Hartford Ski Spectacular provides specialized equipment and ski and snowboard lessons for 800 disabled athletes from across the country. Dozens of those who made the trip to Colorado are disabled vets.

“It’s like a serene feeling,” said Kirstie Ennis, a retired Marine who showed off her snowboard skills on Tuesday.

Seeing Kirstie on the slopes, it would be difficult to tell her first snowboarding lesson took place at the Ski Spectacular just a year ago.

“I had no idea what I was doing,” she said with a laugh.

Though snowboarding was new, Kirstie isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. She became a Marine and served as a helicopter gunner during her service, but her biggest challenge came when her helicopter went down in Afghanistan in 2012.

“I was, more or less, ripped apart and put back together,” Kirstie said.

Kirstie has gone through 38 surgeries to repair damage to her eyes, ear, shoulder and spine and her next surgeries will remove her left leg below the knee.

“We lift and we wedge my boot because I don’t have the flexion that normal people do,” Kirstie said, showing off her modified snowboard.

Stories like Kirstie’s are everywhere this week in Breckenridge. Many people are hitting the slopes and overcoming their disabilities in the process.

Troy Conquest is a retired Marine and 19-year survivor of Lupus and transverse myelitis. On Tuesday he was among many veterans that learned how to navigate the mountain with some specialized equipment and training. He came with a group from the Tampa, Florida VA.

“It’s an opportunity to do something that I wouldn’t normally be able to do, but once you get it done, it’s just like anything else … bigger and better,” Conquest said.

Disabled Sports USA, which hosts the event, also helps provide access to some former service members. The Semper Fi Fund supports the athletes as well and helps some get the equipment they need to train for even bigger goals.

Kirstie and others are now aspiring Paralympians.

The 2014 39th Marine Corps Marathon: We Can’t Thank Everyone Enough!

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October 29, 2014

Here’s the bottom line up top: The weekend of October 23-26 was absolutely amazing!

It marked the 39th running of the Marine Corps Marathon--and the 10th year that the Semper Fi Fund has been involved with this incredible and inspirational event. Of the 27,422 entrants in this year’s Marathon, more than 900 runners and cyclists participated as Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes (more than 730 of them!) and members of Team Semper Fi and Team America's Fund. 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 »

Handcyclist Competing in Third Marine Corps Marathon

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October 27, 2014

4 NBC Washington | By Julie Carey | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 | Link to Article

Washington, DC - A Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan will be one of dozens of handcyclists racing alongside runners in the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday.

Sgt. Michael Frazier was introduced to his first handcycle while being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the explosion. Frazier has also served three tours in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Returns to Marine Corps Marathon 900+ Strong to Raise Funds and Awareness for Injured Veterans

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October 18, 2014

Washington, DC – On Sunday, October 26th, before most of us have even had our morning coffee, a sea of red-shirted runners and hand-cyclists will queue up for the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund. For the fifth year in a row, the Semper Fi Fund will be the MCM’s largest charity partner, with over 900 runners and hand-cyclists raising funds and awareness for injured, ill and wounded service members. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Warrior Games: Medals and Memories

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October 10, 2014

When more than 200 service members from all branches of the military gather to test each other’s skills in seven sports (archery, swimming, shooting, cycling, track and field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball), the result is a level of competition that is both intense and inspiring -- and memories that will last a lifetime.

“The 2014 Warrior Games have come and gone,” said Semper Fi Fund Chairman and CEO Karen Guenther, “but for everyone who competed in Colorado Springs, and for everyone who cheered on the competitors, the excitement and inspiration will never be forgotten.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rico Roman, U.S. Paralympic star, helps open 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte

Paralympic champion Rico Roman, a retired Army Staff Sergeant, was an honorary torchbearer for the 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte. He lit the cauldron after receiving the torch from teammate Paul Schaus, a retired Marine Corps Corporal. 
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October 2, 2014

BY SCOTTIE BIBB | SEPT. 28, 2014, 10:30 P.M. (ET) | Link to Article

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Paralympic gold medalist and retired Army Staff Sergeant Rico Roman — alongside fellow Paralympic teammate and retired Marine Corps Corporal Paul Schaus — lit the cauldron to kick off the fifth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte at the Olympic Training Center today in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Supports Service Members and Families at 2014 Warrior Games!

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September 26, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Every year, thousands of injured, ill and wounded service members vie for just 200 coveted slots in the annual Warrior Games, a six-day, Paralympic-style competition for the five branches of the military. Next week, the exceptional athletes who made the cut for the 2014 games will go head to head in seven different sports starting September 28 and running through October 4. Thanks to the Semper Fi Fund, their friends and family will be at the games to cheer them on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marine veteran Chris Lowe competes in pole bending at a Jinx McCain event.
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September 11, 2014

Ranch & Reata Magazine | A.J. Mangum | September 11, 2014 | Link to Article

Horsemanship offers veterans relief from the traumas of combat.

In 2002, Chris Lowe was a teenager from a small Texas town, a 19-year-old community college student with an ambition to serve his country. Following a family tradition of military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. Two years later, he was in Iraq, on a combat deployment in the chaotic hotbed of Fallujah, providing security for an explosives disposal team, when an enemy mortar exploded just feet away from him. Only luck saved his life. Read the rest of this entry »