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Friday, December 27, 2013

giving back...

First, I want to thank you for all your wonderful calling cards that you left in the Christmas tray!  It was such fun to read about you and where you live, and to read all your sweet comments and well wishes.!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

In this season of giving, I know that this is the time when many of us make our final charity donations of the year.  I realize you all probably have your own favorite charity (there are so many important causes to be helped), but I wanted to share one that hits closest to our hearts in case you are unaware of it.

I truly do not have the words to express how profoundly grateful Dan and I are to the men and women who serve and protect our country.  When a single one comes home injured it breaks our hearts;  that there are so many injured is unbearable.
When we first became aware of the Semper Fi Fund we were deeply touched by the work this amazing organization does.  We hope after reading about them, you will be touched too and will consider making a donation.

The Semper Fi Fund , a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, and its program America's Fund, provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.  They direct urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members, who meet their criteria for assistance, from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves.
They provide financial, emotional, and tiered support for our injured and ill service members and their families.  Please click HERE to read about their many programs.

The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from the Watch Dog groups: 4 stars from
Charity Navigator for five consecutive years, and an A+ from the Charity Watch, one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive this highest rating.  The Semper Fi Fund maintains a low overhead (6%) which allows for rapid assistance with no red tape.
(On a personal note... not long after we moved to New Hampshire, both my mother and Dan's mother mentioned to us that they had been donating for decades to a veteran's charity that had a NH address.  After investigating the charity on Charity Navigator and Charity Watch we found that this particular charity had very low ratings.  I know we all want our donations to have the most impact they can, so be sure to check out these Watch Dog groups.  If you have elderly parents you might want to help them verify that their donations are going to a well-rated charity also.)

Twice a year you receive a newsletter that highlights some of the heroes that the Semper Fi Fund has assisted.  I cannot tell you how inspirational these stories are.

Donations may be made online HERE

Or check donations may be made to:
Semper Fi Fund
825 College Boulevard
Suite 102, PMB 609
Oceanside, CA  92057

  for all they have done and given for us, it is the very least we can do...
with much love, gratitude and respect,
Joan and Dan