Captain Chris Ayres, USMC (Ret.)

Chris enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995. Nearly a decadelater, in April 2004, a
rocket grenade attack in Fallujah nearly claimed his life. Shortly thereafter, at 34 years of age, he became the very first beneficiary of assistance from the Semper Fi Fund.

“I’m so thankful,” Chris said. “The Semper Fi Fund has shown that all it takes is a heartfelt idea to push something forward and effect change beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.”

“The first time I got out of bed and walked around with a walker, I looked out the window and started bawling like a baby,” Chris recalled, “because I saw the American flag. That’s when I really understood the definition of sacrifice.”

Today, Chris works for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services from his home in League City, Texas, where he lives with his wife and three daughters, ages 15, 10 and 7. “I thought it was hard leading 52 Marines into battle,” he says with a laugh, “but these three girls have tested me!”