New Name Honors Longtime Semper Fi Fund Board Member and Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps
February 17, 2014 (Camp Pendleton, CA) – Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund—two athletic programs for wounded service members who have embraced the spirit of recovery through sport—have been consolidated under a new name: The Peter Murphy Semper Fi Fund Sports Program.
The name honors Peter Michael Murphy, Semper Fi Fund board member and Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1984 to 2004, who passed away on November 15, 2013, due to complications associated with Parkinson’s syndrome.
“When so many said that the Semper Fi Fund couldn’t be done, it was Peter who stepped in and told us that not only should we create the Fund, but that he would help,” said Semper Fi Fund Chairman and CEO Karen Guenther. “He did exactly that, and served on the Board of Directors right up until his passing. He was an instrumental and irreplaceable part of guiding the Fund to where it is today.”
The civilian equivalent of a three-star general, Peter Murphy was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 1996 and 2004 and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Award in 1992 and 2000. In 1997, the Secretary of Defense presented him with the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest honor awarded by the Secretary to a career employee.
When the Pentagon was attacked on September 11, 2001, Peter’s office sustained significant damage – he literally fell through the floor and was fortunate to have escaped the attack with minor injuries. His office was one of the locations from which the American flag was displayed as the rebuilding of the Pentagon was taking place, and the window of his office proudly displayed the Marine Corps flag.
“Peter’s remarkable and extraordinary inspiration to all who knew him is aligned perfectly with the same spirit that drives the Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund programs, too,” Karen added, “which is why establishing The Peter Murphy Semper Fi Sports Program seemed so appropriate.”
About Team Semper Fi
Team Semper Fi champions the idea of recovery through sport and is made up of more than 600 injured service members who compete in athletic events across the country. The idea for Team Semper Fi was inspired by wounded Marines and Sailors who refused to let their challenges prevent them from competing in athletic events, and whose drive and determination is inspirational to us all. For more information about Team Semper Fi, visit http://www.teamsemperfi.org.
About Team America's Fund
Working in close coordination with Team Semper Fi, and sharing their spirit, ideals and determination, Team America’s Fund is made up of servicemen and women who qualify for assistance under the America's Fund Programs, and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. Their drive and determination are an inspiration to us all. For more information about Team America's Fund, visit http://americasfund.org/team-americas-fund/.
About the Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund program provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The Funds direct urgently needed resources to post-9/11 service members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves. The Semper Fi Fund has been working with wounded service members since 2004 and has a streamlined structure that keeps overhead very low – less than 6%. The Semper Fi Fund is one of only three veteran charities to receive an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. The Semper Fi Fund has given more than 64,000 grants to date totaling more than $83 million to more than 10,500 service members and their families.