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.