Our Story Begins with Cpl Michael Fox, USMC Ret. Michael joined the United States Marine Corps in 2008 to serve his Country. He deployed out of Camp Pendleton, CA with 2/4 in 2011.
While on foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, Michael stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) pressure plate. The powerful explosion caused immediate amputation of both legs and severe injuries to his left arm and hand. He was medevaced to Camp Bastion where he was stabilized and then flown to Landstuhl, Germany. A few days later he was transported to Walter Reed Naval Medical Center in Betheseda, MD. After multiple complex surgeries, Michael was determined to begin his life again. Once he was able to get around the hospital in his wheelchair, Michael noticed a lot of his military brothers in similar or worse situations. From that point Michael and his father, Tweed, realized something had to be done to take care of other severely injured Marines. They wanted to begin an organization which helps wounded Marines, like Michael, for years to come as they adapt to their new lifestyles. In 2012, The Wounded Marine Fund started.