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Semper Fi Fund Founder, Karen Guenther, Nominated for Military Spouse of the Year

Karen-Guenther-Semper-Fi-FundFor Karen Guenther, the mission is crucial and our duty is clear. Since 2004, Karen's vision for serving those who have preserved our freedom has led the Semper Fi Fund to provide more than $69,000,000 in immediate financial relief for injured and critically ill service members and their families.

Receiving the highest ratings from charity watchdog, Charity Navigator, 94% of every dollar donated to the Semper Fi Fund directly benefits our heroes in recovery. See more on the Charity Navigator Website: 

See why Karen Guenther deserves your vote on March 5th as Military Spouse of the Year:


Thanks to you, our loyal supporters, Karen Guenther has been named Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year!

As a Finalist for the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY,) our founder will have the opportunity to participate with other Installation SOY's in the first ever MSOY Summit sponsored by Homewood Suites by Hilton.

An overall winner will be announced at the awards luncheon, May 9th, in Washington, District of Columbia. Whatever the outcome, we are forever grateful for your commitment to helping us spread the word about our critical mission of serving those who preserve our freedom!

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Learn more about the Semper Fi Fund:  and the life changing assistance we provide: 

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Serving those who preserve our freedom


Some stories of a few servicemembers and their families who the Semper Fi Fund has helped...



1. Tyler Southern

Tyler was on his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 when he lost both of his legs above the knees and his right arm above the elbow after stepping on an IED. Tyler has since retired, accepted a new job and begun a new life with his wife Ashley in Florida.

Read Tyler's inspiring story here:  and learn how we've been able to assist with Tyler's transition to civilian life.




GySgt-Brian-Meyer2. Brian Meyer

Meet GySgt Brian Meyer, who was injured March 14, 2011, while engaged in combat with enemy forces in Afghanistan. The severity of his wounds resulted in the complete amputation of his right hand and leg, and amputation of the thumb and index finger on his left hand.

Brian has an amazingly positive attitude and refuses to let his injuries keep him from living a rich and fulfilling life.

Read Brian's story: 





LCpl-Ronny-Porta3. Lance Corporal Ronny Porta

On May 7, 2007 Lance Corporal Tony "Ronny" Porta sustained severe injuries as a result of an IED blast while conducting operations in Al Anbar Province. Ronny's right arm was amputated and he suffered burns on 65% of his upper body.

In spite of a grueling recovery, including 120 surgeries and ongoing speech therapy, Ronny looks forward to an upcoming move to Maryland and plans to return to school soon.

Read Ronny's story of strength and determination: and meet his family, including newborn son, Kenneth Charles Porta, named after two of Ronny's heroes and friends.

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.