Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why I care about the cause

There are more worthy causes and charities out there than you can shake a stick at, and I'm asking you to care about one charity in particular. Why the Semper Fi Fund? Well, the easiest answer is that I'm married to an injured Marine. His injury changed his whole life and since I share that life with him, I feel close to this cause. Another reason is this:




That's my little brother and he's a Marine. He's on his second deployment currently so I don't get to talk to him as often as I'd like, but thanks to Facebook I get to see random pictures of his adventures. His first deployment was to Afghanistan and that was misery for him. This time he's on a boat tour, which he as coined "The Worst Cruise EVER" so he's getting a chance to experience misery in a wide variety of climates and settings.





Whenever I look at his pictures, I'm always struck by how young they all look. Whenever I see a picture of my brother near a gun, I'm always like "Who thought this was a good idea? He's just a kid!" even though I know he's 21.


I may not be entirely wrong in my statement

The bulk of the Marine Corps infantry is made up of these young kids and if one of them gets injured during combat training or in the line of duty, they don't have any work experience or higher education to fall back on to help them find a job. My younger brother knows how to use a mortar, which is really useful in a war zone, but not when he's applying for a job that could support him and his wife. He is planning on getting his college degree with the GI bill once his time with the Marine Corps is up, which is a pretty common course of action. The problem is what happens if something unexpected occurs, like a physical injury or a mental injury like PTSD. What then? What if one of these young guys loses a limb and is medically retired from the military and needs to find a way to make a living?

That's where the Semper Fi Fund comes into play: They can help with immediate financial needs and with long term issues like education and career transition services. Things like adaptive housing (with ramps and other modifications) and specialized vehicles can be extremely expensive and when you donate to the Semper Fi Fund, you're helping to give those things to an injured Marine. The Semper Fi Fund also provides canine and equine therapy for wounded Marines, as well as a kid's camp for the children of the injured service member.




From my back injury and surgery, I've had a taste of what it's like to have a life changing injury and you know what? It sucks. When I think about how an injury like a limb loss would effect a young guy like my little brother, it makes my heart hurt for them. One of the worst parts of being injured is not being able to do things for yourself and I'm happy that the Semper Fi Fund exists to provide adaptive housing and cars so these Marines can regain some independence.  The Semper Fi Fund often uses the phrase "Serving those who preserve our freedom" and I think it's fitting that many of their services are designed to give the injured service member more freedom in their new post-injury lives.



TL;DR version: Please donate just $10 to the Semper Fi Fund and make a difference in a life of an injured Marine. You have a decent chance at winning a sweet cash prize, so even if you're not feeling the cause, let the cash motivate you! We are less than $300 away from my goal, let's do this!


What's your preferred charity? Why did you pick it?

9 comments:

  1. apparently my office is in the same building as wounded warrior project. i keep thinking of ways our office could partner with them - benefits stuff, other legal help, blah blah blah, all good work. TLDR - i don't remember where i was going with this comment.

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    1. The Wounded Warrior Project is another great charity! They randomly call my husband to see if we're doing OK and if they can help at all, which we don't need but it's nice to know that they reach out to all wounded veterans!

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  2. I think I underestimated you yesterday with my guess at your miles. So fat, so work in kilometers in Australia ;-)

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    1. With the wild card factor of my back injury, you may end up being right. Who knows? :)

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  3. I think you should recommend the book Home Front by Kristin Hannah, without giving anything away it's a novel that gives a good look into what military families go through. I just read it and I found it eye opening. You would definitely get way more donations. Although I already see you are practically at your goal! GOLD STAR!

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  4. The Wounded Warrior Project and the local ROTC sponsored an 8K around here earlier this spring. It was a lot of fun, and a great way for runners to get involved. I ran honoring a friend's son who was badly injured in Afghanistan.

    You're right that it's shocking how young these guys are. Barely old enough to shave. I must be getting old.

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  5. I am always SO grateful to the military for everything they do. My husband was supposed to go into the Air Force in August, five months after we got married--but out of a variety of circumstances, he didn't go and I've always been SO thankful that he stayed here with me instead. WE just watched the Lone Survivor movie a few weeks ago, and it gave me another reason to be thankful. They do so much for us.

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  6. I think i saw a porno like this once.

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  7. I've supported miscellaneous soldier/vet charities over the years, but the way you put a young servicemember's potential physical or mental disability in perspective like that -- to be reminded that these young guys are typically going straight into the armed forces without the added benefit of a college education first -- was a gut-punch reality check. Thanks for that. Thanks to your husband and brother for their service!

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