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March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

I began working with the fund in late 2005 as a case volunteer. I have seen amazing things happen since that time. Our fund has given away more than 37 MILLION dollars since it began in May 2004. I volunteer at Brooke Army Med Center in San Antonio,TX. Many of our service members are horribly burned and sometimes are here for 24-36 months for treatment. Our fund is able to provide family support grants that allows close family members to remain at the bedside of these critically injured men and women. We also assist with adaptive equipment, vehicle grants for amputees who need modified vehicles. From the time an injured service man or woman arrives, Semper Fi Fund reaches out and assists until the family is ready to move forward as they return home.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is so wonderful to see the relief in a family member's eyes when they realize that IMSFF will be with them and assist to allow them to remain with their critically injured loved one.

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

I can't think of one thing I would change.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to know that I have helped my families with the practical side of things so that they might focus on their loved one.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

WOW, we hae the best team because we are all military family members and can truly relate to what our families face.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This organization continues to grow and meet even more needs for our families as they transition from a military career to civilian life following devastating injuries.

Ways to make it better...

I don't believe it gets any better than this!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

In the downturn of the economy, our donations have dropped and the needs are growing. Please tell everyone to donate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

I am currently a Case Volunteer for the IMSFF. I started with the fund 3 years ago and will continue for as long as I am able. I currently live in Japan but am still able to volunteer through phone calls & email. I love being able to help the service members of our nation with their needs, especially since they have been injured defending our freedom! My husband of 15 years is a LtCol in the USMC, I am so proud of him & what he does, I feel it is my duty and honor to help out our wounded. I love being able to talk with the service members and their families. I love this organization, what it stands for, what we do & I absolutely love being to help out service members in their time of need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how much it means to our service members and their families that there is an organization that is always there for them in their time of need.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the service members i get to meet and talk too.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help just that many more wounded service members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

As a wife of a deployed Marine and a busy mother of three children, I still find time to devote to IMSFF. Working with the Marines and Sailors, their families and friends, and helping CHANGE THEIR LIVES is a feeling that you can't get anywhere else. After calling a Marine with good news that assistance is on the way and knowing that I've played even just a small role in their recovery humbles me and helps me. I say with immense pride "I am a volunteer for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2006 when several of the Marines in my husband's unit were injured by an IED. IMSFF was there standing by to help. Even today when we visit with the still recovering Marine and his family they tell me how lucky they were to have the help from IMSFF.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to tell a complete stranger, "We're here for you. We're family. This is what family does."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 29, 2010

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March 29, 2010

I enjoyed my experience as a case volunteer i jumped at the chance to be on staff. The stories I hear from these Active Duty and Veteran wounded Marines and Sailors and their families are at the sametime, heartbreaking and heartwarming. For every tragic circumstance, there are many triumphs; truly inspirational. The relief and gratitude in their voices at the news they are getting a grant often brings me to tears. I can't count the number of times I've been told "Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is the only organization that could help me. What can I do to pay this back?"

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the success stories from my cases; jobs obtained, housing secured, admission to treament programs, completion of treatment programs, organization of fund raising events on behalf of IMSFF

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I made a difference in someone's life today

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

THE BEST ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide assistance to more Service Members through grants to Service Members and Families, training for Staff and Volunteers and a Public Information Campaign

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 24, 2010

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March 24, 2010

As a volunteer bringing meals to families of wounded warriors at Bethesda Naval Hospital, I have seen and heard first hand the great support this organization has given to our wounded warriors. I recently went to visit a Marine who had been injured and within 24 hours, a case worker from the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund had contacted them to offer financial assistance. During our lunches, I have often heard from parents and spouses of the wounded saying things like: "the IMSFF saved my life. I don't know what I would have done without them". "I couldn't believe how fast they responded". I could go on and on. Their commitment and devotion to their cause are beyond reproach. Their administrative costs remain among the lowest for a non-profit, and the compassion and genuine care they show throw their deeds make them more than deservant of this award

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I contacted them when a Marine I had adopted was injured. In less than 24 hours, a case worker contacted the mother to see how they could assist.

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

I would not change a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The tireless devotion they have for the cause of helping our wounded warriors and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I had an opportunity to meet many of them, including the founder, at their booth at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. They are the most caring, friendly and committed people I have ever met.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more long-term assistance to our seriously wounded, such as those with traumatic brain injuries and amputees.

Ways to make it better...

My experience could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The decrease in donations because of the downturn in our economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I know there are many worthy organizations; but the IMSFF is very deserving of this award.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 23, 2010

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March 23, 2010

Amazing organization that helps our injured service members! They would do anything for those in need. I also like that they have a low overhead...they give as much as they can back to our Marines and Sailors.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great staff and volunteers!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

In just a few short years this organization has given out over 18,000 grants in the amount of 37 million dollars to service members who have been wounded or are critically ill. Over 92% of the money donated goes back to the service members. If there is a service member you know who has been wouded in Iraq or Afghanistan chances are this organization has helped them in some way. Mostly staffed by volunteers, this organiztion strives to help the service member and family members through the recovery process.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the faces of our recovering service members and knowing what a difference this organization has made in their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and giving of their time and talent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Always be there for service members in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

I am a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer USN. I have been running marathons in support of the Injured Marine Semer Fi Fund. I have had the HONOR to meet alot of the young men and Women that this great organization has helped,and to meet them and hear thier stories of how Semper Fi helped them recover and return to a normal(or as close to normal) life is so inspiring. The example that sticks out in my mind is as follows. A few years ago I did the COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN,a retired Marine and I walked the 6.2 miles with an injured marine. He had to wear a halo screwed into his lower leg. He walked the 6.2 and never once complained. Last Oct I was running the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. around mile 8,i heard some one calling my name. It was this same young Marine,his legs healed and running his first marathon,which he completed. With out the fine support of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,his road to recovery would have been alot more difficult. What more needs to be said,SEMPER FI FUND comes through and is a much needed organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I guess my example is as I explained earlier.Seeing this young Marine run a marathon after his terrible leg injury syas tons about what this organization does.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It helps me contribute to help these brave men and women who keep this country safe. I can do more then lip service for them,and it also helps my feeling of guilt that i got to old to serve when my country is under attack.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met the best people of all walks of life,both those who have served and those who havnt but want to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund more clinics to help, so those needing these services would not have to travel so far. If I had just a fraction of what was given to the banks,i could do this and probably fund a cure for cancer,but I guess thats not important to our leaders.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

A great organization truly dedicated to the needs of the people it serves. Volunteers for whom this is their highest priority. A driving focus on meeting the needs of injured Marines and their families.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, energetic, friendly, warm and loving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help even more wounded Marines and other service members, and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

Excellent organization. In the short years that they have been around, they have helped so many service members and their families through the hardships they encounter after suffering injuries while serving their country. They continue to get their name out there to help ensure positive outcomes for our nation's heroes!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

they always give to the cause

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people involved are so positive and make such a difference in the lives of our injured marines and sailors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always willing to help and give their time to the cause

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure that every injured service member would always be taken care of and remembered for their great service to our country

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continuing long term support

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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