Karen Guenther: American Spirit Award

Our founder, president, and CEO, Karen Guenther was awarded the 2022 National WWII Museum American Spirit Award for the work she has done to support veterans. The American Spirit Award honors individuals whose efforts embody the essence of those who served during World War II.

Karen was recognized for her initiative in stepping in to help veterans and military families when the first wave of injured service members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. She and a small group of military spouses began what would become Semper Fi & America’s Fund in 2004 as a way to fill in the gaps of care. Since then, The Fund has grown into a worldwide organization that has supported more than 30,000 service members.