BENEFITING: INJURED MARINE SEMPER FI FUND
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
When I was a young enlisted guy in the Marine Corps I don't know that I really appreciated the meaning of Semper Fi. I got out and went through college and the longer I was out the stronger my appreciation of Semper Fi became. I found myself drawn to service even more strongly than when I had first joined and so I began my career at the VA.
Serving veterans of different eras from WWII to the present and serving veterans from all different serviecs had a profound effect on me and expanded my view of Semper Fi beyond my band of Marine Corps brothers and sisters to include all those who stand up and toe the line for our Country. However, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continued to be fought year after year I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the idea of Semper Fi and I finally took my degree and recieved a Comission inthe U.S. Army again putting myself in the path of whatever may come.
Because of my prefession, the "whatever may come: is unlikely to be anything very serious in the way of facing injury or death but what can come my way are the young men and women who do face injury and death and I can do something to help and so that is exactly what I am going to do.
I am going to spend my year of runnong toeing the line for those who have sacraficed in the hopes of raising some money to ease their burden. In trying to figure out how exactly I could go about this I came across the Semper Fi fund and decided it was the perfect fit for me and for my goal.
The Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, we’ve issued more than 106,000 grants, totaling more than $120 million in assistance to over 15,000 of our heroes and their families.
The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watch dog groups: A+ Top Rated Charity from CharityWatch, and we are one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive this rating in recent years; and 4 Stars from Charity Navigator a rating only given to 4% of all charities. We maintain an extremely low overhead - 6% and we provide rapid assistance with no red tape.
So, with this in mind I sincerenly hope that you will be willing to donate a few bucks to this worthy cause. The races I'll be doing this year will go from small 5Ks to much larger 100-milers all culminating in a run at the New York City Marathon. I hope you consider giving eihter a small donation, maybe $5 or larger donations, maybe $100. Of course, if you are moved to donate a dollar ammount equal to the number of participants in the typical NYC Marathon, about 50,000 the I won't complain.
In any case, every bit helps.