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Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Rating: 4.78 stars   37 reviews 7,972

Address:

825 College Blvd Ste 102, PMB 609 Oceanside CA 92057 USA

Mission:

Marines and Sailors, along with members of the other service branches, who are attached to Marine units, are deployed all over the world protecting and preserving our freedom. As a result, many are injured in combat operations and in training accidents, or face life threatening illness. Injury to a service member causes an immediate crisis for his or her entire family; not just emotionally, but also financially. Depending on the type of injury, recovery can take many months, and rehabilitative care can take years, often in hospitals far from loved ones. Airplane tickets, food, lodging, car rental, phone bills and lost wages are some of the things that can create an unexpected financial hardship during what is already a very stressful time.

Programs:

Transitional and long-term assistance - transitional assistance covers many areas that support service members and their spouses, children and caregivers. We provide funds for education and career transition, mentoring (through the veterans 2 veterans program), mentoring for children (semper fi fund kids camp) and other similar programs. We also provide financial assistance during the transition from military to civilian life to cover unexpected costs such as home and car repairs. Long-term support includes a variety of programs and services to address the long-term and sometimes lifelong effects of the service member's injuries. In fiscal year 2015, the semper fi fund provided transitional and long-term assistance grants to approximately 3,000 recipients. For service members with severe injuries such as lost limbs and paralysis, there are a wide range of needs that are required to be able to live with such disabilities. The semper fi fund provides support for specially modified vehicles, specially adapted homes (with features such as roll-in showers, ada-compliant appliances and voice-activated controls for lights and doors) and specialized and adaptive equipment (such as visual enhancement devices for the visually impaired, software programs for those who cannot type, specialized wheelchairs for those who are unable to ambulate and therapeutic mattresses for those with multiple injuries and burns). The semper fi fund also provides service and therapy dogs, paying for the initial acquisition and training and also paying for ongoing and often significant costs such as veterinarian bills and travel costs to allow the dog to travel with the service member. Many returning service members suffer from post-traumatic stress (pts) and traumatic brain injury (tbi), a consequence of exposure to blasts and explosions during deployment. Tbi is now so common that it has been labeled a hallmark of the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. We recognized the need for specialized assistance for these service members and implemented ptsd and tbi support such as medical equipment (to alleviate some of the symptoms of their injuries), computer tablets (to allow them to more easily keep track of family and medical appointments) and counseling (to aid them in dealing with these invisible injuries).

family assistance - we help hospitalized service members by making sure their family members can be by the bedside to help facilitate recovery. This means covering expenses such as the loss of income for family members, childcare expenses, travel costs and many other needs. By reducing the burden of financial worry for our service members and their families, we allow them to place their energy and focus where it's most needed: on the recovery process. The semper fi fund also provides family assistance when a service member or his or her spouse or child is struggling with a critical, life-threatening illness or injury. In fiscal year 2015, the semper fi fund provided family assistance grants to approximately 3,100 recipients. Family assistance grants also cover times when a service member is back home but suffers a recovery setback that means a return to the hospital. This often occurs due to severe and multiple injuries and can cause short-term financial difficulties due to travel costs, lost income if a spouse or family member needs to be bedside with the service member, childcare costs while the spouse is away, boarding costs for the service member's service dog and many other costs that can quickly become significant. By assisting with such costs, the semper fi fund allows the service member to stay on track with the transition out of the military and back into civilian life and the community. The semper fi fund also provides family assistance when a service member or his or her spouse or child is struggling with a critical, life-threatening illness or injury.

recovery through sport - through team semper fi and team america's fund, the semper fi fund provides encouragement and motivation for service members to establish and achieve individual goals through a wide range of recreational sports and competitive events. These programs provide an exciting outlet and powerful peer support for our wounded service members and their families. In fiscal year 2015, the semper fi fund provided recovery through sport grants to approximately 750 service members. We provide coaches, specialized sporting equipment, team uniforms, entry fees and travel expenses for the injured team members to compete in events across the country and around the world. Team members are also given the opportunity to receive high-level training from former and current olympic and paralympic athletes through a partnership with u. S. Paralympics. Sports and competition programs also give service members a ready-made peer group with a similar background (military service), similar life circumstances (wounded, injured or critical illness) and similar interests (athletics). As service members recover from both physical and mental traumas, peer support and relationships are critical to making healthy progress.

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(760) 725-3680
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Reviews for Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Rating: 5 stars  

Second to none organization! Remarkable and caring people! They definitely lead by example.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Semper Fi Fund was THE single-most helpful, all-encompassing organization while my husband was enduring combat PTSD. They provided financial assistance without delay when we needed during his treatment, but they went above and beyond anything we could have imagined. They helped us form friendships with others going through what we were going through. They helped to restore hope in our lives, always treated us with respect not pity, and encouraged us to live a full life again. When we needed them (and that was often for quite awhile!), they were immediately responsive, every single time. Leadership is strong in SFF, and their staff exudes selflessness and passion for their mission at a level unmatched by any other organization out there. Veterans, here is help; Caregivers, here is understanding; Donors, here is service. Please consider supporting this organization so that other families may be touched as ours has been.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I am a Vietnam combat veteran that came home unscathed however I have many friends that never came home. I want to help those who experienced combat injuries in some way and wish I could do more.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am a medically separated Marine that applied for assistance by sending an application to a case manger which was ignored, I called to follow up and that phone message was ignored. I then faxed the application to IMSFF and was again ignored. This was over the course of several weeks. I have always thought very highly of them and to be ignored is little disheartening. If they couldn't help then tell me don't ingore me.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

The Semper Fi Fund has been a huge blessing to our family. My fiance was able to find recovery through sport when he was welcomed to the Team Semper FI. I was also invited to a caregiver retreat they held and found life long friendships with other women that understand what we go through on a daily basis.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Semper Fi Fumd is a lifesaver. Their commitment to our Wounded Warrior is amazing. Thank you for having our backs!

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Our 19 year old USMC son was wounded horribly in Afghanistan in 2011, losing both legs above the knee. Semper Fi made it possible for my husband and me to be with him while he recovered. Both of us are small business owners and we would newer have been able to afford to take as much time off as we did if it were not for the amazing people in this organization. All they wanted to know was how they could help. When i mentioned that it would be great if i could work on my books on the train while travelling back and forth, they bought me a laptop so i could do just that. And they continue to check in with us and help if we need extra funds for modifying our home to be more accessible for our son. No paperwork. No questions. No wasted time. Just like the Marine Corps: the very best, and there when you need them!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a single thing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

If rfjs can read financials, maybe s/he should compare the Form 990's between WWP and SFF. Among other things that stand out are the gross disparities in slaries/compensation of paid staff.
I initially dontated to WWP until I saw how little, percentage-wise, was going to direct services. I now have a recurring, monthly donation going to SFF on behalf of a fallen Vietnam-era comrade.
SFF is a great organization, with minimal overhead, and the vast majority of its resurces are dedicated to helping our wouinded warriors.
If rfjs can't see that, then silence may be the appropriate/responsible thing to do.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have been helping raise money for this noble fund for 9 years, years during which I have been a personal witness to the direct aid that they have given to many injured Marines and their families in the greater St. Louis area. The fund is efficient, serves its constituents immediately when the need arises, and has such a caring way of delivering their assistance. I am proud to be associated with these folks. May God continue to bless them!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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9 people found this review helpful

I'm a combat wounded Marine myself and Semper Fi Fund has always been there whenever I've needed help. There have been plenty of times when they helped me when I didn't even know it. For example, programs for wounded I have benefited from, medical equipment, and funding for my family to take care of me when the Marine Corps wasn't paying them on time. The only negative thing about this organization is that they are so giving and helpful that some guys take advantage of their programs when they don't need it. But that can't really be helped. "There's always one."
I spent over 4years in the hospital and out of all the non for profit organizations I've seen at that place this is one of the very few that actually cares and makes an important impact on the lives of wounded service members.
I am sure all my fellow Marines at the hospital would agree.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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