Semper Fi Sports offers purpose and commitment to scholar athletes and veterans

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Semper Fi Bulldogs Head Coach John Lucero Jr. cheers on a player after she made a base hit during a showcase game in Hemet June 12. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
While Semper Fi Sports has become known for its dedication to building strong athletes on and off the field, the nonprofit is also devoted to helping veterans at all stages of transitioning to civilian life once again. Creating the organization in 2016 was the light at the end of a dark tunnel experienced by John Lucero Jr. of Murrieta. When he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2006, Lucero left behind 22 years of service to his country. Having enlisted straight out of high school, he hadn’t fully fathomed where he wanted to be in civilian life. He had four deployments, including those to Kuwait and Somalia, and like many other service personnel, he was diagnosed with PTSD. “I went through a really dark period and it felt like I lost my soul,” Lucero said. “PTSD
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