USA Today Sports – Marine wounded in combat is about to compete in the hardest race on Earth

October 29, 2013

First an Ironman, then he hopes to make the U.S. Paralympic team.
By Laken Litman – October 29, 2013 at 9:47am EDT
ARLINGTON, Va. — Jose Ramos is an example of why there should be no excuses in life.

Ramos, a retired Navy Corpsman who was also a member of a Marine Scout Sniper Platoon, had his arm blown off by a rocket in Iraq in 2004. Sunday, he was one of 30,000 people who competed in the Marine Corps Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 27, 2013

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MCM Community Athlete: $61,000—and the Two-Foot Onions are Just Getting Started!

October 25, 2013

Washington, DC - This year marks the fifth time that former Marine Mike Tomlinson will be running the Marine Corps Marathon. Once again he’ll be leading his team, the Two-Foot Onions—which has been among the top fundraisers each year they’ve competed.

Why the “Two-Foot Onions”? As Mike explains, it has nothing at all to do with gardening. Read the rest of this entry »

Navy Times – Mission: Family – Charities shift with changing needs

October 25, 2013

By Karen Jowers, Staff writer | Oct. 24, 2013 - 08:35PM | Link to Navy Times Article | Filed Under Pay & Benefits

Many military-affiliated charities have been re-evaluating their missions recently. Often, charities can adapt to the changing needs of the community faster than the Defense Department can. That’s good for the military community today, and it will be even more important down the road as DoD resources are constricted, even as the needs of wounded service members and their families continue. Read the rest of this entry »

Swanny Rondack Chair

October 24, 2013

Wilmington, NC - Sit back, relax, and support the Semper Fi Fund. These beautiful, wooden chairs are hand-made by Shawn "Swanny" Swanson, USMC Ret with 100% of the proceeds going back to support our wounded and critically ill service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Semper Fi Fund TD Five Boro Bike Tour

October 24, 2013

New York, NY - Each year on the first Sunday in May, tens of thousands of riders begin their 40-mile cycling tour of New York City in Lower Manhattan. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the world’s biggest recreational bike ride. Co-produced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation, this unforgettable event offers 32,000 cyclists the opportunity to bike through all five boroughs–Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island–on streets totally free of traffic Read the rest of this entry »

Studio Barre – Tuck for a Cause

October 24, 2013

Carlsbad, CA - Studio Barre {strength. defined.} offers a specialized barre class that focuses on building core strength, improving posture and creating a dancer-like body. Studio Barre will offer classes for DONATION ONLY on every Saturday at 4:15pm in November. All donations will benefit the Semper Fi Fund to assist our wounded and critically ill service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Vettes for Veterans 2013

October 24, 2013

Carlsbad, CANorth Coast Vettes was founded in 1978 by a group of Corvette enthusiast who shared a common interest, wanted to have fun and wanted to participate in community functions. Since that time, the Club has grown to involve activities with clubs and organizations of various types, and giving back to the communities in which they live. North Coast Vettes will host this great car show with 125 registered Corvettes in various makes, colors, and years. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Semper Fi Fund and Cal-Diego Paralyzed Vets of San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

Lawrence County Builders Association 10th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot & BBQ

October 23, 2013

New Castle, PA – The Lawrence County Builders Association will be holding their 10th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot and BBQ on Friday, October 25th.

Join the Burkett family as they raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi. Major Eric Burkett is a member of Team Semper Fi and his father, Rick, is giving the Semper Fi Fund a most sincere compliment by helping raise funds for other Service Members who need Semper Fi Fund’s help. Special thanks to the Burkett family, especially Eric for his service to our country!

The cost is $50.00 per person and $10.00 per person for the dinner only and all proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Jana Gigliotti – Cutting Horse Competitions

October 23, 2013

Arlington, TX - Cutting is an equestrian event in the western riding style where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a single animal away from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time. Jana Gigliotti is a young Texan who, along with her horse, Jodie, competes in Cutting Competitions as a fundraiser for the Semper Fi Fund. Jana takes pledges based on the points she scores in each each event and turns them into donations for our nation's wounded and critically ill service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

The 38th Officer Candidate Class Supports the Semper Fi Fund

October 19, 2013

San Diego, CA - The 38th Officer Candidate Class reunited in San Diego, CA this year and reached out to the Semper Fi Fund again to be their honored guest. This class gathered as many of their Marines as they could about 13 years ago and formed their first big reunion back in 2003 at Quantico. Since then, all of the men and their wives have been reuniting every couple of years to go down memory lane. Read the rest of this entry »

2013 Marine Corps Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

October 18, 2013

Washington, DC -- The Semper Fi Fund will be hosting a booth (Booth #410 - near official MCM store) at the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon Health and Fitness Expo!

Please stop by our booth and say hello to SFF staff and volunteers....and pick up some great promotional material! Read the rest of this entry »

Observer-Dispatch – ‘Team Eli’ running for Semper Fi Fund

October 17, 2013

By - STAFF REPORT, Observer-Dispatch, Link to article
Posted Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:12 AM
REGION - The third annual Empire State Marathon/Half Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, in Syracuse and members of “Team Eli” of Camden, will be participating as community athletes for the Semper Fi Fund.

Named in memory of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Elisha Parker, a 2002 Camden High School graduate who was killed in action in Iraq on May 4, 2006, Team Eli will run to support our nation’s wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN – All-terrain wheelchair helps disabled get back on track

October 17, 2013

By Natalie Angley, CNN
updated 3:03 PM EDT, Wed October 16, 2013 | Filed under: Innovations | Link to article

(CNN) -- Cpl. Michael Boucher will never forget June 12, 2011. He was on his second deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan. Another squad had been hit by two improvised explosive devices, and he was helping to clear the landing zone so a helicopter could pick up the casualties.

"An IED was set off, and at first I didn't realize it was me Read the rest of this entry »

WNCT9 – Service dog helps Marine veteran manage PTSD

October 17, 2013

Posted: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Updated: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Link to article
By Madeleine Wright, Digital Journalist - email

RICHLANDS, N.C. - Military veterans sometimes find it difficult re-adjusting to life at home after a combat tour. But one former Marine with post traumatic stress disorder is not letting his disability get in the way of life.

For 28-year-old Tom Brennan of Richlands, going out in public was sometimes a challenge. A doctor diagnosed him with post traumatic stress disorder, Read the rest of this entry »