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 their communities.
Current Programs: The organization's work is centered on three inter-related programs that address body, mind, and spirit to encompass 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 who often suffer from "secondary PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)."
The Transition Program aims to enable wounded veterans to reconnect and thrive through education and career assistance, veteran and unit reunions, veteran-to-veteran support, the Odyssey Retreat, and an apprenticeship program. And the Integrative Wellness Program encompasses PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury) support, "NeuroFitness" training, specialized equipment, "post-traumatic growth" resource videos, counseling, sports program, a horsemanship program, and a canine companions program.
COVID-19 Response: As of July 26, Semper Fi & America's Fund has provided $2.93 million in direct financial assistance to nearly four thousand service members, veterans, and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic — including $1.7 million to supplement lost wages and meet basic living expenses; $849,000 to pay for groceries and supplies; $190,000 to pay for home-delivered meals; and $100,000 to families living with cancer.
Website: Visitors to the Semper Fi & America's Fund site can learn more about the organization's programs, read testimonials and inspirational stories from veterans and families, browse the video library, learn how to get involved, or make a donation. Service members, veterans, and families can browse resources, and those seeking assistance can look up support or medical centers or contact the Semper Fi & America's Fund.
Funding: The Semper Fi & America's Fund is supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals.