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?