Mission: To provide urgently needed resources and support for combat-wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
About the Organization: Established in 2004 by Karen Guenther, a nurse, and other Marine Corps spouses at Camp Pendleton to help the families of injured service members facing financial hardship, Semper Fi & America's Fund (Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund dba Semper Fi and America's Fund) supports 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 civilian life.
Current Programs: The organization's work is centered around inter-related programs focused on the body, mind, and spirit encompassing all aspects of recovery and transition. The Service Member and Family Support Program includes bedside financial assistance, transportation assistance, housing assistance, specialized and adaptive equipment, and a visiting nurse program — as well as caregiver support and retreats and the Skip's Kids program for the families of injured veterans. The Transition Program works to reconnect wounded veterans to their communities with the help of education and career assistance, veteran and unit reunions, veteran-to-veteran support, and an apprenticeship program. And the Integrative Wellness Program encompasses PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury) support, "NeuroFitness" training, the purchase of specialized equipment, a sports program, a horsemanship program, a canine companions program, and counseling.
COVID-19 Response: As of late July, the organization had provided $2.93 million in direct financial assistance to nearly four thousand service members, veterans, and families impacted by COVID-19 — including $1.7 million to supplement lost wages and assist with basic living expenses; $849,000 toward the purchase of groceries and supplies; $190,000 for home-delivered meals; and $100,000 to families living with cancer.
Website: Visitors to the Semper Fi & America's Fund website can learn more about the organization's programs, read testimonials and inspirational stories from veterans and families, browse a video library, learn how to get involved, and/or make a donation. Service members, veterans, and families can browse resources, while those seeking immediate assistance can search for support or nearby medical centers or contact the organization.
Funding: The Semper Fi & America's Fund is supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals.