Orange County Supports Our Troops (OCSOT) is a local 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Its annual golf tournament hosts nearly 300 golfers, business and individual sponsors, generous donors, and countless volunteers. OCSOT was formed in 2012 by Dave Hanna, Fred Morgan and Brandon Abbey who hosted the 1st Annual Semper Fi Golf Tournament. Over the past five years these charity events have contributed more than $1,000,000, with the majority of those funds being donated directly to the Semper Fi Fund charity.
The Semper Fi Fund provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. Our program provides support in a variety of ways including: Service Member and Family Support, Specialized & Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance, PTSD and TBI Support and Team Semper Fi.
As much as these American heroes have sacrificed, they deserve the best care and support available in their hour of need. Injuries are often severe, and the road to recovery or rehabilitation can be long and costly. Beyond the staggering costs of hospitalization and treatment, related expenses typically pile up quickly. Family members may lose income when taking time off work to visit and care for injured loved ones. Childcare, plane fare and other travel expenses often stretch a family’s budget to the breaking point.
Dave Hanna, local restaurateur and one of the founders of OCSOT explains, “We consider O.C. Supports Our Troops a coalition of south county residents and business leaders. Our mission is to provide the community with an opportunity to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for us and to make a genuine difference in a hero’s life.”