In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq invasion, CBS news correspondent David Martin revisited the story of Sergeant Eddie Wright, one of the first Marines helped by the Semper Fi Fund. Eddie, a double amputee, opens up to David about the new battles he is fighting at home, and the challenges he faces both emotionally and physically on a daily basis. The Semper Fi Fund was there when Eddie was first injured in 2004 and continues to support him and his family today in a number of different ways, including counseling that saved his marriage.
Also interviewed as part of the segment was Semper Fi Fund Founder and CEO Karen Guenther, who discussed the continued needs of our service members today. Karen shared that the Semper Fi Fund has given out more than $72 million in assistance to more than 9,000 service members, and that its growth and success have surpassed the initial expectations. Over the years, Karen has realized that the injuries these men and women bring home will last much longer than the war itself–which is why the Semper Fi Fund is dedicated to our service members as long as the need remains.
Read the story by CBS News, or check out the video clip below of the interview with David Martin. To learn more about Eddie Wright and his family you can read his hero story, or visit the "Heroes" page of our website to share in the success of other service members like Eddie.