Freedom Ring USA | January 30, 2018 | Sara Hunold | Link to Article
In 2003, a group of Marine spouses at Camp Pendleton came together and organized activities at the military hospital to welcome home some of the first wounded Marines and Sailors coming back from Iraq. They also arranged travel for family members to come see these service members who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Leading this group of spouses was Marine spouse Karen Guenther, whose background is in nursing. She watched more and more injured service members arrive around the country and knew they couldn’t stop trying to help provide meaningful assistance to our injured service member.
“Back in 2004, we were asking ourselves What can we do? How can we help?” said Guenther in an email interview. “We were a handful of people sitting around a kitchen table with $500 and no clear idea of how to help Marines and Sailors who were coming home after being injured in Iraq – but we saw the need, so we figured out how to do the best we could with what we had.”
And in the spirit of remaining faithful to the men and women in our military, The Semper Fi Fund was born with the mission to deliver critical assistance to service members and their families during recovery and transition back to their communities.
Today, Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $160 million of assistance to more than 20,000 service members. They have also made a pledge to offer continued assistance to service members and to “be by their side for a lifetime, if needed.”
The Semper Fi Fund, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has received top grades with an A+ rating from CharityWatch.org and FOUR STAR rating from Charity Navigator for 7 consecutive years.