Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
On May 18, 2004, a small group of concerned Marine Corps spouses founded the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund to provide financial grants and other assistance to the Marines, sailors, and families of those injured serving our nation. In the summer of 2004, General Alfred Gray, the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, two retired general officers, and a retired sergeant major joined them.
Battle-injured warriors return home after being stabilized at military hospitals in Germany. Upon arrival, critical care is typically provided at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Depending on the severity of the injuries, continued hospitalization occurs at other hospitals located throughout America. Hospital stays can extend for months and rehabilitative care for years.
When a Marine is injured, the entire family shares the burden of recovery. A young married Marine with a wife and two small children may at first require the support of his spouse. Eventually the Marine's spouse must return home to care for the children and parents may step in to provide comfort to the injured Marine. As time passes, Mom and Dad may need to return to work and a sibling may arrive until the spouse can return again.
Loved ones travel great distances at a moment’s notice to be at the bedside of their wounded family member. Family members take leave from their jobs, often without pay. They also incur additional expenses — lodging, travel, and food— while trying to meet obligations at home. It can become difficult for families to make ends meet while helping their Marine recover. Few are prepared for the expense.
The Marine Corps goes above and beyond to support Marines and their families but there are limits to the amount of funding available to accommodate the families of injured Marines. The Marine Corps can only provide assistance to two family members for a limited period of time. Defense Department funding is not available to extended family members or for the reimbursement of expenses for rental cars, long-term childcare, or lost income.
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund relies on the generosity of its donors. You can help make a difference for the injured Marines, sailors, and their families by making a donation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Your support will help provide the much needed financial assistance — such as lodging, food, and childcare — so desperately needed by these families.
Your gift means a great deal to the organization, but even more to the injured Marines and families. This is one of the most difficult times of their lives. Your help ensures they can focus on physical and emotional recovery during this extraordinarily trying time.
You can make direct donations to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at www.semperfifund.org All donations are tax deductible.
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