Print Ben Maenza rides for other heroes
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00

The numbers of the American dead from the past 10 years of war may seem low compared to previous wars in the nation’s history, but that belies the fact that life-saving methods and technology have improved to the point where the military can get our nation’s men and women in uniform off the battlefield alive.

Ben Maenza, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who lost his legs during combat in Afghanistan in 2010, rides a recumbent, hand-pedaled trike through Camp Verde on Thursday, July 26. Maenza and three other Marine veterans are riding cross-country to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured U.S. servicemen and women with financial needs.They get to come home but thousands of service people still have very real issues that don’t just go away stateside.

That’s where organizations like the Injured Semper Fi Fund come in, raising money for injured Marines and sailors to help with not just treatment, but anything else a returning vet may need.

Ben Maenza knows about the fund and the work it does firsthand.

Maenza, 23, a Marine, was serving in Afghanistan when he lost his legs in October 2010. The Semper Fi fund was there for him, Maenza said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 1, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.