The Semper Fi Fund has announced that it raised a total of $20 million during its annual fundraising campaign in support of wounded, critically ill, and injured post-9/11 service members and their families.
The $10 million raised by the fund qualified it for a matching $10 million challenge grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation — marking the fifth consecutive year that GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons — a U.S. Marine Corp veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry — has provided matching funds to help military veterans and their families. Launched in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has awarded more than $143 million to assist eighteen thousand service members to date.
"Renee and I want to thank everyone who joined us in donating to the Double Down for Veterans challenge and for answering the call to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much to serve our great nation," said Parsons. "Semper Fi Fund is doing incredible work, providing critical support to veterans during what is often the most vulnerable and difficult time in their lives."
"Our vision is simple: to provide our country’s heroes with the best care and support available in their hour of need," said Semper Fi Fund founder, president, and executive director Karen Guenther. "We are humbled by the outpouring of support for this campaign, and are incredibly thankful to Bob and Renee for their remarkable generosity. These funds will go a very long way in making a true difference in the lives of veterans and their families."