*SSgt Jeffrey Scott Martin (TBI/PTSD)
*LCDR Steven Peace (Stroke/right side paralysis) and TSF Mentor
*Lcpl Jon Copsey (TSF Mentor)
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*SSgt Jeffrey Scott Martin (TBI/PTSD)
Recently, Semper Fi Fund traveled to Germany to visit the Landstuhl hospital, Ramstein flight line, Helicopter unit, and the Landstuhl Fisher House to wrap our arms around our liaisons, injured service members, and hospital staff. As always, it was one of our most touching annual trips. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gretel C. Kovach | San Diego Union Tribune | utsandiego.com | May 17, 2013
The Marines fought off a near upset from the Army this week in the 2013 Warrior Games, claiming a fourth Chairman’s Cup and another year of bragging rights as undefeated champion of the athletic competition for troops injured by combat, illness or accidents.
At closing ceremonies Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 50-member team of active duty and veteran Marines belted their hymn for the crowd, singing “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…” Some of the athletes sat in wheelchairs or stood on prosthetic legs. Some couldn’t see the cup they passed around, but they kissed and hugged it and each other. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | bostonglobe.com | April 23, 2013
Looking up from her hospital bed through tears, she is at first morose and mournful, six days after losing both of her legs below the knee.
"I can't do anything right now," Celeste Corcoran says, voice sodden.
That is why the two Marines are here: Between them, they lost three legs and part of a hand in Afghanistan in separate bomb blasts in 2010, their agony then just as unimaginable, their futures just as uncertain.
But the Marines brim with vitality now -- smiling, laughing, living examples of overcoming pain and loss like this, standing before Corcoran atop artificial legs purposefully exposed beneath shorts. Read the rest of this entry »
The Semper Fi Fund's Team Semper Fi – "Recovery Through Sport" program – took on the Cowboy Challenge once again on Saturday, April 6th. Read the story, see the pictures, and share in the memories made at this amazing event! Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Team Semper Fi Event: The 2nd annual Drive for Heroes Golf Classic is in need of your support! We are looking for corporate sponsors and individual entries to support Team Semper Fi (TSF) and its athletes. There will be 20 injured and critically ill member of TSF attending, with whom you will have the opportunity to play a round of golf. The event will take place at the Cheyenne Mountain resort in Colorado Springs, CO – one of the states most scenic and challenging courses! Show your support through cash or auction item donations, and/or sponsorship! We look forward to seeing you on the course!
Date: July 19, 2013
Location: The Country Club of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO.
Purpose: To raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund's athletic program, Team
Registration: 6:30 – 7:45AM
Shotgun Start: 8:00AM
Auction and Awards Lunch: 1:00PM
The 2013 Marine Corps Trials were held at Camp Pendleton, CA from February 27 – March 7, 2013. This year nearly 300 injured Marines and allied service members participated in the trials, including athletes from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Of course veteran US Marines, and Marines from Wounded Warrior Battalions East and West, were also at Camp Pendleton competing for a spot on the all-Marine team that will represent the US Marine Corps at the Warrior Games in May. Congrats to all of our Team Semper Fi members who competed! Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Recently, several members of Team Semper Fi traveled with our CEO, President, and Founder, Karen Guenther, to the Landstuhl Hospital in Germany. It was a powerful and emotional trip, as the service members reunited with the medical technicians who helped them through the initial stages of their survival and recovery.
The Semper Fi Fund is proud to share some special moments from the amazing visit: Read the rest of this entry »
Special thanks to all supporters who came out for the 37th Marine Corps Marathon to cheer on our Team Semper Fi, and thanks to all of our runners who raised awareness and love for our crucial mission!
Check out what happened over the MCM weekend: Read the rest of this entry »
By U.S. PARALYMPICS | teamusa.org | October 18, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and Veterans Affairs announced that more than $2M in grant funding has been awarded to a total of 97 organizations in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
The Olympic Opportunity Fund is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically and visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Linda McIntosh | North County Times | nctimes.com | October 16, 2012
Camp Pendleton Marine Lt. Col. Tres Smith was one of three injured servicemen who accompanied 65 cyclists on a 430-mile fundraising bike ride from Scottsdale, Arizona 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 »
On Saturday, September 29th, ten service members from Team Semper Fi competed in a "Cowboy Challenge" in Culpeper, VA at J Bar C Ranch. The ranch managers, Jim and Cassie McDonough, along with the help of a few real cowboys, trained these service members in various challenges throughout the week: barrel racing, team penning, pole bending, and calf branding. Read the rest of this entry »
Partnership with Tunnel-to-Towers Foundation lends meaning to 9/11 loss; provides independence for injured veterans.
Eleven years ago, on 9/11, firefighter Stephen Siller ran through the Battery Tunnel with sixty pounds of gear on his back on his way to the Twin Towers to meet up with his own company, Squad 1. Stephen's life and heroic death serve as reminder that life is precious.
The Tunnel to Towers Run began as a way to honor Stephen and all 343 fallen firefighters, as well as the most severely injured post 9/11 veterans. On Sept 30th, we traveled Stephen's route once again, together with Read the rest of this entry »