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Benefit Supper for Semper Fi Fund

June 10, 2010 - TRC

SSGT. D. J. Martin will be honored for his service in Iraq at a benefit supper hosted by the Brownville Community Church from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., June 19, 2010, at the Church’s Fellowship Hall. The supper will be followed by music provided by the Vintage Country Jamboree from 6:00-8:00. DONATIONS ACCEPTED. D. J. requests that all proceeds benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

SSGT. Donald “D. J.” Martin, Jr. grew up in Brownville Jct., Maine. He is the son of Donald and Christine Martin of Schoodic Lake, ME. D. J. graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 1993 and joined the United States Marine Corps in January, 1995. D. J.’s first duty station was Okinawa, Japan. He next was transferred to Camp Le Jeune, NC, where over the next 12 years he was assigned to 2D FSSG Supply Battalion; 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines; and 8th Marine Regiment. It was with 2/8 that he sustained a blast injury while fighting in Nasiriyah, Iraq that later resulted in traumatic brain injury. D. J. was transferred to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in Indian Head, MD, in May of 2008, and he ended his career with the Wounded Warriors Battalion, East Bethesda, MD. D. J. was retired on May 31, 2010. D.J. married Stacie Whiting in July, 1995, and they have two sons, Joshua, 12, and Jeremy, 9.

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (IMSFF) is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and quality of life solutions to Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who have served in support of Marine Forces when they become injured in Post 9-11 combat or training operations, and their families. The fund provides relief for immediate financial needs that arise during hospitalizations and recovery as well as perpetuating needs such as home modification, customized transportation and specialized equipment. IMSFF has awarded more than 19,300 financial grants totaling more than $35,000,000.

The fund was founded by Karen Guenthner, a registered nurse and spouse of an active duty marine who had first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by wounded Marines and Sailors returning from Iraq. She, along with a dedicated group of military spouses established IMSFF in May of 2004.

FMI: contact Rev. Ann Purdy, telephone number: 207-852-3566

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