Media Alert:

Semper Fi Fund Apprenticeship Program Teaches Veterans New Employable Skills

Contact: Brian McPherson
Telephone: 704.819.7981 Email: [email protected]

February 15, 2018

Veterans Learn Artisan Craft and Blacksmithing Skills at Four Day Apprenticeship Clinic Centerville – Feb 19-23, 2018 

Semper Fi Fund Apprenticeship Program Teaches Veterans New Employable Skills  

Who: To aid their transition to civilian life and increase employment opportunities, eight veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces will gather in Centerville, TX, from February 19-23 to learn new artisan crafting skills as part of the Semper Fi Fund Apprenticeship Program. 

What:Under the tutelage of top Texas spur makers and leather smiths, service members will learn artisan crafts in metal shaping, forging, silver engraving, welding, leather-smithing, and other vocational skills during the four-day clinic. In addition to learning employable skills, service members also leave with camaraderie, confidence and life-long bonds with fellow veterans.  

When: February 19 – 23, 2018  

Interviews available: 9:00am – 3:00pm 

Interview opportunity with Michael Schneider: a Semper Fi Fund apprentice alum who now owns his own business, Leather Neck Leather. Michael attended this clinic last year and returns this year as an instructor to his fellow brothers.  

Where: Old Livestock Show Barn , 1001 Rodeo Road, Centerville, TX 75833  

Why: Semper Fi Fund’s Apprenticeship Program has proven to be an ideal resource for injured service members to thrive beyond their injuries. Education support and career assistance provides them with the tools and skills to successfully reconnect with their communities and build new, productive lives. Learning alongside fellow wounded service members, they can also trade stories, share strategies for coping with their injuries and forge lasting friendships. 

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND: The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: An A+ from CharityWatch – one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year – and seven consecutive “4-Star” ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities. Learn more at  

ABOUT SEMPER FI FUND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM: Establishing mentoring relationships with leading industry experts provides a powerful and productive way for service members to reintegrate into the community. This program helps service members find meaningful trades, careers and small business opportunities through short-term vocational education and apprenticeships. 

If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian McPherson at 740.819.9781 or email at [email protected].