Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Rating: 4.78 stars   37 reviews

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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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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8 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with IMSFF for just short of a year now and I only have wonderful things to say about the organization! Every member of the staff and volunteer is truly dedicated to the well-being of those that they serve. They selflessly give of their time, going above and beyond to meet the needs of their military families. I've been touched by the stories of so many and each family I have heard from has also had nothing to say but wonderful things about their time with IMSFF. This is an exceptional organization that is genuinely dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by combat injury and illness.

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

my interactions with military families who are being served by IMSFF services.

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

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

helping fellow military families.

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

passionate about helping military families.

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

effiently spend just about every dime of that money directly meeting the needs of those families it serves.

Ways to make it better...

I had the chance to personally interact with more of the clients. My case work is primarily completed over the phone.

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

the growing numbers of returning injured service members.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My experience with the IMSFF began in 1955 when I came on board as a case volunteer at the VA Hosptial in Palo Alto California. This Hospital is one of four VA Poly Trauma Centers continuing the rehabilitation of our injured once they are discharged from the military hospitals. It is critically important to have family members at the bedside during this rehabilitation, and this is where the IMSFF plays one of it's most important roles. The Fund provides financial grants to assist with travel,lodging and ongoing expenses at home. Without these grants it would be a major burden,if not impossible for most families to be at the bedside. The Fund has been a blessing and will continue to support our Marines, Corpsmen and their families.

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

Interacting with our injured and their family members

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

The best!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-3-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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."

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.

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?

2010-3-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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?"

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

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?

2010-3-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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

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.

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

I would not change a thing.

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?

2010-3-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-1-01

 
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