of SemperMax Support Fund
Not a Penny Goes in our Pocket!
SemperMax Support Fund was established in 2009 as a continuation of the legacy of
team healing initiated in 2005 by LtCol Tim Maxwell with the concept of the
Wounded Warrior Barracks (Maxwell Hall) at Camp Lejeune, NC. During his time as
the USMC spokesman for wounded veterans and their families, he and his wife,
Shannon, learned that injuries to the body, no matter how severe, are not the
Referred to by many wounded
veterans and their families, including the Maxwells, as "a battle," the
invisible issues are far more difficult than any of us predicted. Battles occur
in medical issues (too much or too little medicine, doctors opinions, physical
evaluation board, etc.), personal relationships, future profession abilities,
PTSD, depression, etc. While every warrior does not have to fight the same
battle, most of them fight their battles at every phase of recovery.
In both war and peace, warriors
have a partner—a buddy. Whether an E-3 or an O-7, when warriors kick in a door
to clear a room, someone needs to be “on your 6.” True warriors understand this
term. True warriors know what it feels like to have someone covering them.
Without them, the chance of victory is very low. And yet, nearly every warrior
refuses to ask for help when fighting this “different” type of war. And like a
regular war, without a partner, without a team, their chances of victory are
Information, motivation, humor,
and new ideas shared between warriors with the same experience are the most
powerful medicine in the world, and can make a positive difference in
everyone’s lives. Togetherness is the most powerful weapon of them all.
The SemperMax Support Fund serves wounded, ill, injured, and Gold Star families from
all branches of the military.
learn more at www.SemperMax.com
The mission of SemperMax Support
Fund is to enhance morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families.
Concept - Attack problems (medical care
issues, financial issues, drug/alcohol issues, depression, PTSD, etc.) and form
caring connections by advocating and synchronizing multiple solutions.
End State–reduced isolation,
disenfranchisement from society, and suicide.
to Help Warriors Fight Personal Battles
coordinating military assets (infantry, artillery, tanks, air, etc.) in a
battle; SemperMax connects warriors with resources (sport events, legal
assistance, financial assistance, PEB assistance, etc.). This personal and
detailed advocacy is what we spend the greatest amount of focus on throughout
provide advice and, if possible, "kick off" financial assistance to
warriors who have an idea for a program that is focused on wounded veterans.
Warrior 2 Warrior
This program of peer mentorship engages wounded veterans to visit
other wounded veterans at their place of residence or care facility. The goal
is to reduce feelings of isolation and disenfranchisement from society. The program envelopes wounded veterans and
families back into a team environment where support, networks, and advocacy can
make positive forward change in their lives.
Meeting of the Minds
Group gatherings provide a heightened sense of shared impact - a
reminder that no one is alone in the sequelae of traumatic injuries or
events. Meeting of the Minds
brings together wounded warriors, their families, and families of KIA in an
informal forum where socialization and sharing of experiences, best practices,
limitations, hopes, dreams, etc. can lead to collective healing and positive
Beyond the Thorns™ - Spouse and
Caregiver Support Group
caregivers of wounded service members give the care and well being of their
loved ones top priority, often absorbing the emotions of many, calling upon
extraordinary inner grace and patience in the face of new challenges added to
life’s “normal” complications, and attending to their own needs last. Rose Beyond the Thorns™ identifies the
flowering beauty, strength, and adaptability of wounded warrior spouses and
caregivers beyond life’s thorns and unites them in an environment for shared
learning and respite.
SemperMax Support Fund is currently run by the Maxwell family out of their home.
It is an all volunteer force, and is governed by a board of directors made up
of active duty military, wounded veterans, and civilian business owners. The
organization incurs very little (1-2%) overhead and utilizes the personal
physical assets of the Maxwell Family (office space and utilities, phones,
cars, computers, etc.) for its operations.
organization’s fiscal year runs October 1 through September 30.
sources include individual and corporate donations, with no funding from
of the organization’s 990s can be found on our public
website on the financial report page under Our Mission and provided upon request.
Communication between warriors is
extremely powerful. While not as good as being together, it is very effective.
Phone call–a simple phone call is
the most powerful communication asset. SemperMax calls warrior who need our
assistance. We would like to call warriors just to ask them how they are.
Unfortunately, there are over 500 FWIIGs (Family/Wounded/Injured/Ill/GoldStar)
on our team. It is impossible to personally call everyone.
Text–this is very effective. Text
messages are personal and they are much quicker than phone calls. However, it
is still impossible to contact everyone on the list.
Personal e-mails–used primarily to
contact wounded warriors with information and resources. Depending on the
situation, e-mails are followed up by a phone call.
Group e-mails–all SemperMax
Members are part of a "list" (group@SemperMax.com) where they can
communicate with each other. Currently, there are 450+ on the list.
We hope to improve in 3 major
Recruiting/Connecting–There are hundreds of thousands
of FWIIGs in America. We hope to find all of them.
Warrior Community model is a successful one, but it currently has geographic
limitations that at times become an obstacle to warriors. Our hope, and that of
our partners, is to expand these warrior communities into every state across
Increase Meeting of
Minds and Rose Beyond the Thorns Programs–Participation in Meeting of the Minds and Rose
Beyond the Thorns programs is often determined/limited by school, work,
children’s schedules, and the ability to pull another caregiver into the
home. The largest request from
participants is for MORE. They express
that there are no other programs available that as effectively meet their needs,
and that more options throughout the year would afford them an opportunity to
attend. In addition, the relatively small to medium group size has been
determined to be ideal, particularly when mitigating the sensory overload for
TBI participants and allowing the participants to connect with each other. We hope to provide MORE Meeting of the Minds
and Rose Beyond the Thorns events in MORE locations