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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Patient & Family Support, Veterans

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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from JustGive

13

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

RJFS has written, what I feel, is an untrue and unfair review. I know of very few charities that donate of $60 million to injured marines with an overhead of about 4%.
I happen to personally know one of the caseworkers. I can tell you that she works pretty much 24/7 to get money to these marines. The money buys iPads, beds, airplane tickets, bus tickets, gifts for loved ones. Wherever there is a dire need, these ladies work so hard to fulfill it. I know these caseworkers shed many tears listening to the humble requests that are made.
These ladies are just as determined and hardworking as the troops they are aiding.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor it gives me great satisfaction to know that so much of my donation (nearly 95 cents on the dollar) actually goes to Wounded Servicemen/women. What other organization can say that? Upon further investigation of IMSFF, it is apparent that they are providing real help to our veterans. IMSFF assists with expenses like housing, and basic needs, as well special events like their Team Semper Fi. This is one organization worth supporting, and my family and I will definitely continue to do so.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Semper Fi Fund is a great charity! I just did a fundraiser for them and had a great response from friends and family. And unlike many military charities they have a very low overhead of 5%. Join me in supporting the Semper Fi Fund! Semper Fi!

Previous Stories
1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization! They give a ton of assistance to service members and their families without much fanfare. Check out their overhead -- it is only 6%!

1 Anna16

Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating when a fellow Marine of my son was injured. He unfortunately passed away from his injuries but my husband and I felt it was important to continue to support the Semper Fi Fund. Since then we have come to hear great things from another fellow Marine, learning to live his new normal as physically challenged Marine. Thank you Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund for all you do for these outstanding young men and women who serve in our armed forces. Anna Lancaster, OR

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.