Marine Sergeant Milan Franklin: Never Alone & Always There

Marine. Husband. Father. Homesteader. 

It was on Sergeant Milan Franklin’s second deployment to Afghanistan that his life forever changed when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in the amputation of both of his legs and part of his right hand. Upon returning to the States for further treatment, Milan woke up surrounded by his family and friends who shared that Semper Fi & America’s Fund had made it possible for Milan’s loved ones to be by his side and continue to be throughout his healing process — paying the cost of travel so there was no concern or decision of who could be there to support him. 

“Semper Fi & America’s Fund has been there for me and my family since the moment I woke up in the hospital,” he said. “Throughout my recovery, The Fund has always been there to help ease the struggles, and in many ways, significantly improve my quality of life.” 

After supporting Milan through his awe-inspiring recovery, including multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation, The Fund offset the cost of fencing around his family’s homestead property in Washington State, as well as provided him with an all-terrain wheelchair to allow him to live a life full of adventure and independence. 

On their remarkable journey of healing and hope with our Fund family, Milan, his wife, Delaree, and their precious daughter have overcome incredible hardships and proven that anything is possible. 

“Being a part of The Fund family means never having to face any challenges or struggles alone,” said Milan. “Semper Fi & America’s Fund is, and always has been, there for my family and me.” 

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