‘This event is invaluable to the women involved’

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM.

 Lisa Dorman of Wewahitchka is an original Sister.

She was present at the beginning, when the Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast, consisted of 12 Marine moms and wives on a four-day beach escape from the stresses that come with a loved one deployed to a war zone.

Dorman has been in the middle as the Semper Fi Sisters have grown, not only in participation in the Beach Blast, but also within the expanding network of home front organizations reaching out to troops, a network confined only by the internet.

She has seen that escaped iced by the weekend-ending packing party, when, this year, the Semper Fi Sisters will send 1,000 “Boxes of Love” to troops in war zones.

Dorman has seen the Beach Blast become inclusive not just of Marine moms, wives and grandmothers, but also women with loved ones deployed with the Air Force, Navy, Army and, new this year, the Coast Guard.

So Dorman will be there Oct. 17-20 when the Semper Fi Sisters, now numbering nearly 80, arriving in Gulf County from 23 states, as far west as California, as far north as South Dakota, for the fourth annual Beach Blast.

“From San Francisco to Wewahitchka; it is really phenomenal, it really is,” Dorman said of the growth of the Semper Fi Sisters and their Beach Blast. “Even the Marine Corps is getting up on it. They realize they have to watch out not only for the soldiers, but for the military families too.

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