As the phrase “Stay Strong Boston” echoes through the city of Boston, as well as the country, patients who lost limbs in the devestating Boston Marathon bombing are trying to do just that. A week after the heinous attack, 48 people remain hospitalized and at least 13 survivors lost a limb. These victims are being treated at various hospitals in the Boston area, which include Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Those who can relate most to the injuries of the Boston Marathon victims are amputee military veterans. A veteran group for injured military personnel called the Semper Fi Fund has decided they wanted to help. The group has set up a Boston Marathon fund for those who suffered injuries in the blast. The Semper Fi Fund has raised $74 million over the past ten years to help assist injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families financially. The group provides relief for financial needs that arise during the hospitalization and recovery process for veterans, and now they would like to do the same for victims of the Boston bombing.

Soldiers from the Semper Fi Fund have also made the trip to Boston to visit patients and their families at four different hospitals. These soldiers are passing on a message that emphasizes the importance of getting active as soon as possible and setting goals to aim for in their recovery process. Many of these visiting soldiers are members of Team Semper Fi, Semper Fi Fund’s program that promotes “recovery through sport.” The team is made up of over 450 servicemen and women “who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country, and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery.” These soldiers aren’t done though; they plan to visit the hospitals again at the end of the week.