Semper Fi Fund And The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Raise $20 Million In Double Down For Veterans Matching Challenge.
Nation’s Top-Rated Veteran’s Charity Shatters Fundraising Goal in Effort
to Help Wounded, Critically Ill and Catastrophically Injured Service Members
The Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that its year-end Double Down for Veterans fundraising campaign has raised more than $20 million – which includes a $10 million match from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. This marks the seventh consecutive year that the Foundation has matched donations to the Semper Fi Fund and raises the Foundation’s cumulative total of donations to the Fund since 2012 to $51.2 million.
“Our partnership with the Semper Fi Fund is very important to me personally and I would like to congratulate everyone who made this campaign a success,” said businessman and Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran Bob Parsons. “The programs enabled by this funding will not only provide military families with the help they need during their loved ones’ healing process, they also help ensure injured veterans a successful transition back into civilian life.”
The Semper Fi Fund programs that will benefit from the success of the Double Down for Veterans campaign:
Service Member and Family Support Program: A comprehensive set of interrelated areas of assistance developed to improve the lives of wounded veterans and address the unique needs of their immediate families from injury through recovery.
Transition Program: Assistance with education, apprenticeship, career development, peer support and more that delivers critical tools and skills and makes it easier for wounded service members to achieve independence and start new and productive lives.
Integrative Wellness Program: Assistance that embodies a holistic approach to improve body, mind and spirit, focusing on the long-term health of the whole person by offering helpful programs and useful information to meet the specific needs of the individual.
“I am deeply grateful to Bob and Renee Parsons for their amazing partnership in our mission to serve those who have sacrificed so much on behalf of us all,” said Semper Fi Fund President, CEO and Founder Karen Guenther. “The positive impact that their generosity and support will have on our nation’s service members and their families, the lives that will be touched and improved, is immeasurable.”
In July 2018, the Fund announced a new pilot program bearing the GoDaddy founder’s name. The LCpl Parsons Welcome Home Fund for Vietnam Veterans will care for catastrophically injured veterans from all U.S. service branches who suffered their injuries as the result of combat operations in Vietnam. The program is designed to provide transportation, housing and medical care grants to veterans living with blindness, paralysis, amputation, burns over 50 percent of their body, severe traumatic brain injury and life-threatening illness due to Agent Orange exposure.
“The tremendous reaction we see from the public each year on this campaign is inspiring,” said businesswoman Renee Parsons. “While there are many worthwhile organizations that need support, we know that a contribution to the Semper Fi Fund is one of the best investments we can make toward helping our service members and their families.”
Additional information about the Semper Fi Fund can be found at the organization’s website: SemperFiFund.org.