With the help of a $10 million matching challenge from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, the Semper Fi & America's Fund has announced that it raised more than $20 million in support of wounded, critically ill, and injured post-9/11 service members and their families through its annual Double Down for Veterans Campaign.
The 2020 installment of the campaign marked the ninth consecutive year that the foundation established by GoDaddy founder, Giving Pledge signatory, and U.S. Marine Corp veteran Bob Parsons provided a dollar-for-dollar match in support of veterans and their families. The funds raised will support Semper Fi tools and programs that help injured service members recover, transition back into their communities, and maintain their physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
According to the fund, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the need for assistance among military families, with the organization seeing a 122 percent year-over-year jump in the number of grants awarded and 73 percent and 59 percent increases in the number of service members receiving assistance and dollars awarded. Since its launch in 2012, the Double Down campaign has raised more than $142 million for injured service members and their families.
"The Parsons not only help the fund raise the...capital [needed to] run programs and services to care for service members, veterans and their families, but, more importantly, they give people what they need most — purpose and hope — which are urgently needed right now," said Semper Fi & America's Fund president and CEO Karen Guenther.
"When a veteran or military family needs help, the fund is there," said Parsons, who signed the Giving Pledge in 2013. "From addressing immediate financial needs to providing long-term support in managing PTSD, this is an organization that has continued to stand strong for our nation's heroes."