10 Questions for a Marine with Prosthetic Legs Bicycling Cross-Country

March 2, 2014

Riding Across the United States - Marine combat engineer Rob Jones was serving in Afghanistan in 2010 when an improvised explosive device claimed both his legs. Now 28 and fitted with a pair of prosthetic legs, Rob is bicycling cross-country to give back to the charitable organizations that he says, “were there for me in my darkest hours.” He began his journey October 14 in Bar Harbor, Maine, and hopes to raise $1 million by the time he reaches San Diego, California. Read the rest of this entry »

Stars of Sochi: Sgt. Omar Bermejo

March 1, 2014

A Paralympics Profile

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Omar Bermejo (single arm amputee) will be representing Team USA in Nordic skiing. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

In their own words – a service member’s word of thanks

March 1, 2014

"Thank you and your organization once again from the bottom of my heart. I don't want to sound like I'm repeating myself, but this is truly a blessing during rough times while I continue my treatment. I also thank you for the gas cards. That will be a huge, huge help getting back and forth to my treatment and medical appointments. Thank you so much again. I really need it and I really appreciate the assistance.
As Always,
Thank you"

7th Annual Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament

February 28, 2014

Patuxent River, MD – The 7th Annual Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament will again be held at the beautiful Cedar Point Golf Course on Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD on July 18, 2014.

UPDATE: The 7th Annual Claude D. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament was rained out in May and has been rescheduled to July 18th. There are spaces available, so please contact them for more information!

This annual golf tournament is held to honor the memory of Claude D. Alexander, a Viet Nam Vet, Amputee, a Peer Visitor at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a friend to many. Please join us to honor his memory, as well as raise awareness and funds for our wounded, ill and injured Service Members. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Marine getting a smart home

February 27, 2014

By JOHN DAVIDSON | Gadsden Times | February 26, 2014 | Link to Article

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The next steps toward helping a wounded U.S. Marine become independent happened as organizers from various charities broke ground at the site of his future home.

Retired Sgt. Ben Tomlinson of Jacksonville served in the Marines in the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and deployed twice to the Helmand Province, the center of the Taliban insurgency and opium trade in Afghanistan. He was shot in the back, leaving him paralyzed him from the chest down. Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund Announces The Peter Murphy Semper Fi Fund Sports Program

February 27, 2014

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 Read the rest of this entry »

Stars of Sochi: Lieutenant Commander Dan Cnossen

February 26, 2014

A Paralympics Profile

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Dan Cnossen (double above the knee amputee) will be representing Team USA in Nordic Skiing. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

Stars of Sochi: Petty Officer First Class Kevin Burton

February 24, 2014

A Paralympics Profile

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Kevin Burton (visually impaired) will be representing Team USA in Nordic skiing. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

The Winter Paralympics are Coming – Meet our Sochi Star, Tyler Burdick

February 22, 2014

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Tyler Burdick (double leg limb salvage) will be representing Team USA in snowboarding. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

7th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

February 20, 2014

Long Beach, CA – This summer, check out the 7th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show!! This exciting car show showcases Pre-1974 American Cars, Trucks, and Special Interest Vehicles. Limited to 300 displays, the event will once again take place on the WyoTech Campus in Long Beach, CA. Read the rest of this entry »

Built Ford Tough Polo & Balloon Festival 2014

February 20, 2014

Lake Worth, FL - An event for the entire family is returning to Gulfstream Polo Club on April 18-20, 2014. The Built Ford Tough Polo and Balloon Festival has something for everyone. This will be a weekend of hot air balloons, polo, music, balloon rides, food, vendors and much more!

Festivities begin on Friday night with Balloon Rides, Polo Game and Tether Balloon Rides. After the polo game seven hot air balloons will inflate on the field and offer tether rides. The tether rides go on sale at 5:30 PM. Only 350 tether rides are available. Be sure to come early to purchase your tickets. Tether rides are $5 per person with the funds going to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Annual Marine-A-Thon

February 19, 2014

Farmington, NH - Join students at Farmington High school and help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund by joining poolies from the local recruiting office, and participating in a physical strength and endurance test administered by local Marines!

Contact Seth Hussey hussey.seth@yahoo.com for more information or call: 603-833-5694.

Operation Ends of the Earth-Antarctica Ice Marathon

February 19, 2014

Union Glacier, Antarctica - Talk about a change of pace! This unique and super cool (pun intended) marathon will take place on the continent of Antarctica. A group of 4 female Marine Aviators will be braving the cold of Antarctica in this ice marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund.

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For registration info and further details of how you can support these amazing women, check out their fundraising page or please contact Kathryn Dworak at kathryndworak@gmail.com.

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A Message from Kate

"My name is Kate Dworak, team instigator for Operation Ends of the Earth. My team consists of four women, all Marines with aviation specialties: two Cobra pilots, one Phrog pilot, and one Hornet weapon systems operator. Our profession is incredible and rewarding, but also extremely dangerous. Many of our friends and comrades have endured life altering injuries. Because of this, we are raising money for the Semper Fi Fund, a charity dedicated to directly assisting families of the fallen and improving the quality of life of wounded military members.

Running in races like the Marine Corps or New York City marathons have become an increasingly popular method of fundraising for the SFF. Thousands of people run those races yearly. We have a more interesting vision."

"In November 2015, Polar Running Adventures will host the eleventh Antarctic Ice Marathon. A field of over fifty adventure athletes from around the globe will assemble for this event. My team intends to compete in this field. Through this incredible challenge, we are fundraising for the Semper Fi Fund. Your donations will go towards providing better support, financial aide, and help throughout their rehabilitation."

"Thank you for supporting us, the SFF, and our fellow military members. We hope you will share our story and goals with friends and family, increasing awareness and support for the Semper Fi Fund."

Semper Fi Fund Scavenger Hunt

February 19, 2014

Taylorsville, MD – The Iron Order Motorcycle Club will host a scavenger hunt to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

UPDATE: The scavenger hunt has been postponed to a later date that has yet to be determined. Please check back for updates soon.

Registration for the event will start at 11:30am at Vanessa’s Corner Pub. The entry fee is $20 per participant and the scavenger hunt will start at 1:00pm. When you locate an item, take a picture and check it off the list. Each item has a point value and the most points at the end wins! Read the rest of this entry »

Sochi Paralympics Watch Rate – Tribute to Omar Bermejo

February 18, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI - In honor of hero, Omar Bermejo, the Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown hotel is offering a $174.00 Sochi Paralympic Watch Rate if you book a room between March 6-9 (during the 2014 Paralympic Games). The package includes self-parking and breakfast at Bistro Restaurant. Semper Fi Fund will receive $10 for every night booked. Read the rest of this entry »