Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thanking Our Veterans-- The Ride For Semper Fi by Bernie Aungst

From Bernie:

This year was the third annual Ride for Semper Fi.  This is a charity ride that begins in Scottsdale and ends four days and 430 miles later in San Diego.  This year we rode into Sea World.  Fifty three cyclists including some former Marines, completed the journey.  This year's fundraising goal was to raise $177,500 to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi fund, but the final donation was over $250,000.

As you may know the increased action in Afghanistan has put a tremendous stress on the resources of both our military and civilian hospitals.  Our hospitals are filling back up with newly injured service members and the injuries are serious.  Many are arriving with multiple and life-threatening injuries: quadruple, triple, double, and single amputations: head trauma, significant body burns, and severe internal injuries.  They have joined others in the intensive care units who are fighting for their lives.
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit charity that has give more than $38 million in grants to more that 15,000 injured Marines and their families.  The Fund provides immediate financial assistance to defray hospital bills and recovery expenses.
Bernie is a rock star.  She is a proud American and avid cyclist.  She sent me this quote from President Regan today, on Veteran's Day:

“Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.”

Thank you  Bernie and thank you United States Marines!

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