‘Tis the Season for Giving: 10 Ways to Give Encouragement, Comfort and Joy

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December 14, 2014

1. Give the gift of a warm home. Help prevent homelessness by donating any amount. Many service members and their families have lost much-needed income as a direct result of their injuries— some have even lost their homes. Your gift will make a difference.

2. Join the Drop and #GiveMe10 Challenge: Do 10 push ups or donate $10 to Semper Fi Fund or America’s Fund. Create and share a video on social media with the hashtag #GiveMe10! Read the rest of this entry »

Drop and #GiveMe10: Pushups…Dollars…or both!

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December 14, 2014

Here’s a challenge for you: Injured service member BJ Ganem has issued a challenge ​on Facebook​ to Drop and #GiveMe10!

​The challenge is to ​do 10 push ups or donate $10 to Semper Fi Fund or America’s Fund - or go ahead and do both!

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You Did It: Your $5 Million Has Become $10 Million!

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December 12, 2014

The 10 For 10 Challenge has been met: Donors like you have answered the call of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and pledged $5 million in this holiday season to support our work. Read the rest of this entry »

2015 NMHC Walk For Our Troops Benefiting the Semper Fi Fund

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December 12, 2014

La Quinta, CA – The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) launched its inaugural Walk For Our Troops at the 2012 NMHC Annual Meeting with resounding success. 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 »

Semper Fi Fund – Run The Bridge

Please help spread the word! Check out the Run the Bridge poster and feel free to print it up and post it for others to see!
December 11, 2014

Jacksonville, NC - Be a part of a unique race event coming to Jacksonville, NC on April 11, 2015. Our event will highlight the beauty of the City of Jacksonville, the commitment the military community and local community have to working together, and the determination and optimism of local athletes. Read the rest of this entry »

Medieval Madness and John Strongbow’s Tavern Helping Wounded Warriors

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December 9, 2014

Alexandria, VA - On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting at 4:00 PM, one dollar from each drink and entree sold at John Strongbow's Tavern will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. The cast and staff at Medieval Madness are longtime supporters of the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. We are grateful for their continued support! Read the rest of this entry »

Volley for Vets 4X4 Volleyball Tournament to benefit SFF

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December 8, 2014

Concord, NC - Brittany Hartsfield is hosting a 4X4 Volleyball Tournament to benefit SFF on her birthday, in lieu of doing something for herself! Carolina Courts is the sponsor and donating the space to play, and anyone can join in the fun!! Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park!

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December 4, 2014

San Diego, CA - It’s beginning to look a lot like Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park! Please help us spread the news to your organization about our inaugural holiday event. For 12 select dates during December, Petco Park will open its gates to families and friends with a unique event to celebrate the holidays and get everyone into the holiday spirit. 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.

Home Depot Social Media Challenge!

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December 1, 2014

We are honored to partner with Team Depot (Home Depot Foundation) to raise awareness and support for the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund mission of serving those who preserve our freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Every Tuesday a #GivingTuesday!

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December 1, 2014

#GIVINGTUESDAY is a dedicated day during the holiday season to celebrate generosity and giving. Make giving back a part of your holiday tradition on this and every Tuesday of the holiday season!

Consider these 5 reasons to support the Semper Fi Fund on #GIVINGTUESDAY and every Tuesday this month: 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 »

What makes us thankful?

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November 26, 2014

This being the 10th anniversary year for the Semper Fi Fund, and with Thanksgiving upon us, the Semper Fi Fund team thought it would be appropriate to identify 10 things that make us thankful. Read the rest of this entry »

Crack’em Eggs Supports the Semper Fi Fund

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November 24, 2014

The ​Crack'em provides a better way for users to crack eggs! It is a spoon rest with a sharp edge in the center that gives the user the perfect surface for cracking eggs or resting cooking utensils. It contains messes, captures shell fragments, and ensures eggs are perfectly cracked every time. $1 from the purchase of each Crack'em will go to support the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »