[San Diego, CA] May 2, 2023 – Semper Fi & America’s Fund (The Fund), a nonprofit organization that provides critical support to wounded, critically ill, and injured service members, veterans, and their families, has announced a charitable partnership with Interstate Batteries, a leading provider of automotive batteries and related products. As part of the partnership, Interstate Batteries will provide funding to support The Fund’s transportation program.
“We are grateful for Interstate Batteries’ commitment to help us provide lifetime support to our service members, veterans, and military families,” said Karen Guenther, President, CEO, and Founder of Semper Fi & America’s Fund. “Transportation is an often-overlooked but essential part of achieving a high quality of independence for combat-wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans.”
The Fund’s transportation program supports injured service members and veterans with stipends for vehicle repairs, adaptive vehicle purchases and vehicle modifications. The average cost to replace an adaptive vehicle ranges from $20,000 to $80,000. With the average lifespan of a vehicle at 12 years, this can have a significant financial burden on veterans. In 2022, The Fund provided $4 million in adaptive vehicle grants for service members and veterans.
“At Interstate Batteries, our values include love and servant’s heart,” said Lain Hancock, President and CEO of Interstate Batteries. “We are honored to partner with Semper Fi & America’s Fund to help provide critical transportation assistance to wounded service members, veterans, and their families, and to raise awareness of the important work this organization does.”
The Fund provides hope, healing, and quality of life solutions—for a lifetime. They come alongside service members and veterans to help them attain and sustain their fullest level of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health as they return to their communities.
“Being able to re-learn how to drive wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance from The Fund,” said Army veteran Jeremy Haynes. “That independence empowered me to be able to take my son to his first little league practice. When we got there, I was so moved with emotions. No one has to drive me; I don’t have to ask someone.”
In addition, Interstate Batteries will launch a crowdfunding campaign and help drive awareness for the ongoing needs of military families.
For more information about Semper Fi & America’s Fund and the transportation program, or to make a donation to the Interstate Batteries Transportation Support Fund, please visit this page.
About Semper Fi & America’s Fund:
Semper Fi & America’s Fund cares for our Nation’s critically wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and military families, and was started in 2003 by military spouses who immediately jumped in to provide bedside support to wounded and injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, it has provided $300 million in support to more than 30,000 service members. Now with 18 years of serving military families, it is considered one of the Nation’s most trusted charities, one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive an A+ rating from CharityWatch. Supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, Semper Fi & America’s Fund provides one-on-one case management, connection, and lifetime support. Today. Tomorrow. Together. Learn more at: thefund.org
About Interstate Batteries:
Interstate Batteries® has powered people down roads, trails and waterways and charged up businesses for success. Best known for its starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) batteries, its products have been under car hoods since 1952, each one backed by the company’s service, quality, and value. Interstate All Battery Center® provides portable power in both retail and commercial markets. Headquartered in Dallas, Interstate Batteries is an industry leader in recycling efforts, as well as a global leader in safe lead handling practices. Guided by a set of core values, the company’s purpose is to glorify God and enrich lives while delivering the most trustworthy source of power to the world.