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.
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.
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 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.
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 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?"
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
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.
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.