United We Stand
Much is asked of our men and women in uniform, who often face daily danger and hardship thousands of miles away from home for months or years at a time. In the last 6 years over 300,000 military service members have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in a combat area. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan experiences symptoms of PTSD, symptoms which often go untreated and misdiagnosed and can lead to significant emotional distress and functional impairment as these newly reconnected friends, family, neighbors, and associates are trying to start new lives and rebuild relationships.
While returning vets need the support and commitment of family and friends, one need that often times goes unfulfilled is hope for the future.Veterans need to know that there is a strong community that cares and wants to help them succeed, even when they are no longer in the military, and understand that it’s “okay to be not okay” and seek help. Organizations that provide help for these service members must do so on a case by case basis and this requires a great deal of funding and manpower. Donations raised will help support getting a veteran the help needed to get back up on their feet.
Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance and quality of life solutions to Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9-11 combat or training operations, or face life threatening illness or injury. Our fund provides relief to qualified service members and their families for immediate financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery, as well as perpetuating needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment.
SFF was founded by Karen Guenther, a registered nurse and spouse of an active duty Marine, who had first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by wounded Marines and Sailors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She, along with a dedicated group of military spouses established Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund in May of 2004. SFF has given more than 53,000 financial grants totaling more than $70,000,000.00 to our service members and their families!