MAF Warns Against Jordanian Prisoner Exchange with ISIS

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., warned Jordan against their plan to conduct a prisoner exchange with the terrorist group calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, or ISIL. Jordanian officials made public a plan to trade for a Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS in exchange for freeing an Iraqi terrorist convicted of taking part in several hotel bombings in 2005 and sentenced to death for her terrorist crimes.

“This is a dangerous path that the Jordanians are going down, and I would urge them to immediately back out of this deal and completely sever all diplomatic channels with ISIS,” said Danny Gonzalez, Communications Director for Move America Forward.

“There is a fundamental problem at the core of this controversy that says you should never, ever negotiate with non-state actors like ISIS. Though they call themselves the Islamic State, they are not a country and should never be treated with the legitimacy that we treat a nation-state. They are a group of terrorists, Islamic extremists, and they have no diplomatic standing. Once you start negotiating with them as you would a nation-state, you give them legitimacy and that gives them power.”

“Jordan should focus on joining the United States and other Arab countries to hunt down and eradicate ISIS, not parley with them,” said Gonzalez. “This also sets a very dangerous precedent because if ISIS gets what they want this time, they know there is future potential for more ransoms or exchanges and that will lead to more people being kidnapped. It immediately raises the value of any potential kidnapping target such as any Americans that may be in Iraq, be they aid workers or members of our military,” warned Gonzalez.

“The United States should also not be negotiating with ISIS, and President Obama has to share some of the blame for this after he was willing to negotiate prisoner exchanges with the Taliban in return for releasing Guantanamo Detainees.

“That set a bad precedent that contributes to this situation and we need to roll that back and re-affirm our policy that the United States and Her allies do not, and will never be willing to negotiate with terrorists regardless of what name they call themselves by,” said Gonzalez.

Move America Forward has been an advocate in favor of Operation Iraqi Freedom since 2004 and has sent representatives to Iraq multiple times including trips in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Before the rise of ISIS in Iraq, MAF staffers and spokespersons spent weeks embedded with American troops, met with local Iraqi military and political leaders to build diplomatic relations, and reported back news from the front lines.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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MAF State of the Union Response with Biggest Hits and Misses

“Tonight we heard another artful speech from President Obama filled with uplifting rhetoric about moving beyond politics and working for the greater good. Despite tough talk, over the past 6 years we’ve seen very little action from President Obama to actually defeat Islamic radicals who kill Americans and threaten our way of life.

“The President said in the beginning of his speech that ‘the time of crisis has passed’ but the world is very much still in crisis. Obama is celebrating his retreat from the War on Terror while Americans overseas continue to die.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications.

“In Afghanistan, our troops are leaving behind a country that is just as unprepared for ISIS as Iraq was when Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in 2012. We hope this year the President will finally wake up and start calling our enemies by name, Islamic terrorists. As he calls for authorization to use force to stop ISIS in Iraq, we urge the President to engage the full might of the American military to accomplish this task and stop tip-toeing around while ISIS secures and consolidates its power base,” said Gonzalez.

 

HITS MISSES
HIT – The biggest hit of the night was when Obama recognized our troops and their service over the last 13 years at war. They received the biggest standing ovation of the night, far longer than any the POTUS got.

HIT – In contrast to the FLOTUS guest, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter invited Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the Afghanistan war veteran who was held in a Tijuana jail by the Mexican government for over 200 days after he unintentionally crossed the border with firearms in his vehicle.

For all the time Tahmooressi was being held in a filthy Mexican prison, being mistreated and denied justice, President Obama did nothing to secure his freedom. Move America Forward joined hundreds of Americans who protested for Andrew’s safe return, which finally happened November 1st last year. No thanks to our Commander-in-Chief.

HIT – In response to Obama parading Alan and Judy Gross, Speaker of the House John Boehner invited political refugee Jose Luis Garcia who was a political dissident thrown in prison by the Castro regime for 17 years! Obama’s new Cuba is a reward to the Castro regime for their years of brutality.

HIT – President Obama SAID he wanted an authorization for use of force against ISIS. We couldn’t agree more, we must do more to combat ISIS. We must point out however, that ISIS has been a threat for over a year now, and still Obama has done nothing. The troops that he’s sent to Iraq have such a limited scope of mission, and the air strikes he has allowed have done very little. ISIS continues to hold huge swaths of territory in Iraq and executes more innocent people every day. We urge President Obama to use the full might of our military to actually do something about this, rather than just talk tough.

HIT – Former UN Ambassador John Bolton responded to the President’s State of the Union address on Twitter, tweeting “Have all Cuban political prisoners been freed yet? And Obama wants us to trust Cuba?” and he pointed out “Obama continues to see international threats as distracting from his primary objective to “fundamentally change” American domestic policy.”

We fully agree with Ambassador Bolton. Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster and every time one of those blunders causes a crisis, he defends himself by saying we are only using these disasters to score political points. Benghazi was not a “GOTCHA” moment as the president says, it was a disaster!

HIT – Bravo to Joni Ernst for delivering the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union. You will remember that MAF was one of Joni’s strongest supporters in her bid for the Senate. We support her because of her principles and because of her service to our nation. She is the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate and we know she will continue to stand for our troops. In her response, Ernst said, “The forces of violence and oppression don’t care about the innocent. We need a comprehensive plan to defeat them.” We could not agree with Joni more. President Obama continues to ignore the spread of Islamic radicalism, he denies it even exists.

MISS – First Lady Michelle Obama invited an illegal immigrant to join her in a place of honor in the halls of Congress. Ana Zamora, who continues to break the law by continuing to remain in the US illegally, is held up as a standard of good behavior according to Obama’s liberal agenda.

She is here to serve as a symbolic THANKS from millions of illegals who thank President Obama for his executive order that amounts to amnesty, while our borders remain unsecured. Are we supposed to be impressed and applaud Obama for circumventing the law and promoting people who knowingly ignore the legal immigration system in place?

MISS – Another member of the First Lady’s guest list in the seat of honor are Alan and Judy Gross. Mr. Gross was jailed in Cuba and was freed as part of Obama’s new deal to reopen relations with the Communist nation. It’s a snub to the millions of Cuban citizens who are still stuck in that poor country under the thumb of a brutal totalitarian regime that continues the savagery established by Castro when he first took over.

MISS –   In the first five minutes of the POTUS’s speech he says “…combat operations are over in Afghanistan… the shadow of crisis has passed” here again President Obama is CELEBRATING his retreat from the War on Terror while Americans overseas continue to die. Just today, the State Department asked all Americans to evacuate from Libya due to terror threats and the country of Yemen is apparently about to fall to a rebellion by Islamic-radicals. The situation continues to unfold, but Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the Middle East continues to be in crisis while Obama says everything is fine.

MISS – President Obama doubled down on his threat to veto any bills that sanction Iran, saying that these sanctions threaten all the wonderful progress he’s accomplished with stalling their Nuclear Program…but he failed to mention that his administration has missed every single benchmark they promised they would in their deal with Iran. We were told that after a 6 month period there would be progress…6 months came and went, and still no progress, yet the sanctions against Iran remain lifted, giving them tons of extra money which they use to fund terrorist organizations like Hezbollah.

MISS – President Obama shamelessly chided his detractors (MAF includes ourselves among them, sometimes) saying “A better politics is one where we debate without… “gotcha” moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.” but we contend that Obama’s foreign policy blunders are NOT gotcha moments, they cost American lives, as we’ve seen in Benghazi and Iraq since ISIS started taking over. His foreign policy makes the world a more dangerous place by failing to confront those terrorists who would harm us.

MISS – For the 6th time in 6 State of the Union addresses, President Obama once again called for the closure of GITMO and claimed that he has cut the population of GITMO in half. All he has done in reality, is send new talent back into the arms of ISIS, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda. The current leader of ISIS in Afghanistan is a former GITMO detainee. Obama says this to score political points, but GITMO is not going anywhere.

Go Watch American Sniper!

Pro-Troop Movie Night: Go Watch American Sniper in Theaters

Take Advantage of this Special Opportunity from MAF

Move America Forward wants you to join us for a celebration of the release of the new movie American Sniper, the new film opening this week directed by Clint Eastwood. This is the story of Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper, the deadliest sniper in American history. Not only is this a great story about one of the most accomplished military members in American history, it’s also a tragedy as Chris was murdered by a fellow veteran who was unstable and suffered from extreme PTSD.

We recently received hundreds of free boxes of See’s Candy, authentic Girl Scout Cookies and a surplus of gourmet coffee that we received from Rogers Family Coffee Company.

Here is the problem we are facing: with so many extra boxes, we don’t have the money for postage to ship the much needed supplies and care packages to our troops!

It only costs $13.80 to just for postage to send a box to our troops, so we have set a goal of $13,800 to send 1,000 boxes but we need your help – please help us reach our goal!

 

 

If you make a donation of $100 or more right now, we will send you a gift certificate to go see American Sniper in theaters. With one donation you can help out our troops who really need your support, as well as treat yourself to a great Pro-Troop Movie Night!

This movie hits home personally for MAF’s own Debbie Lee, because she knew Christ Kyle in life, he was one of her adopted boys. Chirs Kyle was a Navy SEAL and he served on SEAL Team Three, which is the team her son Marc Alan Lee was deployed with when he was killed in Ramadi, Iraq on August 2nd, 2006.

Debbie was so close with Chris Kyle because Chris was on that mission with Marc on the day he died. Marc is featured in the film, played by Luke Grimes, so this is a very personal connection for Debbie Lee, who was invited to the premiere and met director Clint Eastwood and the star of the film Cooper.

I sent Bradley Marc’s memorial bracelet, Marc’s challenge coin that Chris carried in his pocket everyday and had on him when he died. I also sent Marc’s memorial patch that his teammates had made and wore the rest of his deployment in Marc’s memory.

To my surprise a few weeks after I sent the package I received 2 dozen white roses from Bradley Cooper. I was shocked. The flowers arrived as I was headed out the door for San Diego to visit Marc’s grave for his birthday. When the florist made the delivery and before I opened the card, I guessed that it was from one of my “adopted boys.”

So you can imagine the shock when I read the card. That was something Chris would have done, maybe Bradley does have the heart to play Chris.

Debbie Lee
Mother of Marc Alan Lee
US Navy SEAL
KIA 8-2-2006

We want you to go see this film. Not only is it an important and powerful story, but there is a strong connection to MAF’s Debbie Lee. So to get more people out to the cinemas, we’re offering this special limited time deal – –

donate $100 or more to MAF and we’ll send you a $25 gift certificate, about enough for 2 tickets to see this great work of art that honors our troops!

IMPORTANT!!!
In order to receive your electronic gift certificate for the tickets you MUST provide a valid e-mail address when you make your donation! The e-mail you provide is where the redeemable electronic gift certificate will be sent.
Please note your tax deductible gift to Move America Forward will be the amount of your donation minus the cost of the movie tickets ($25). So if you donate $100, the amount you can deduct on your federal income tax is $75. If you donate 250, the amount that you can deduct is $225.

MAF January 2015 Newsletter


A Look Back At 2014!
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, as we say goodbye to 2014 and ring in a new year, we are so thankful to have called you all friends and supporters.  Your unwavering devotion to our troops is an inspiration to us and makes our mission of troop support possible. So as we move into our 11th year of troop support, we are glad to have you, our partners in support at our side.

We wanted to share some of the highlights of the last 12 months. It’s a great way to remind you, our supporters, of all the wonderful things we were able to do for our troops thanks to your donations and support.

Without your involvement, none of these things would have been possible, so thank you for helping make each of our achievements in 2014 possible.

January  — MAF spreads the word about the movie adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor. This is a movie that we wanted to see succeed, as Marcus Luttrell is a personal friend of MAF spokeswoman Debbie Lee, and because this Navy SEAL’s amazing Afghanistan war story is a powerful one that Americans need to know about.

With that in mind MAF came up with a unique offer that would not only help the troops but help Lone Survivor at the box office. We offered a pair of free movie tickets to donors who made a Large Care Package donation for our troops on the front lines. Hundreds of troops were able to receive care packages as well as hundreds of moviegoers who got to enjoy a real American hero’s tragic but inspiring tale.

February — MAF joins American Legionnaires, veterans, patriots, and strong supporters of our military on February 3, 2014 to celebrate and commemorate the service and selfless sacrifice of Four Chaplains who gave everything. A plaque was established in their honor at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, San Diego, on the 71st annual “Four Chaplains Day”.

During WWII, the troop ship USAT Dorchester was torpedoed in the north Atlantic on its way to Greenland with 900 souls aboard. In the chaos of the explosion, which knocked out all electric power and lighting on the Dorchester, the Four Chaplains acted to calm the troops and pass out life vests as the Dorchester began sinking. When they ran out of life vests for the troops, each of the Four Chaplains, knowing death was certain, took off his life vest and put it on a soldier without one.

Their selfless heroism of service and sacrifice led Congress to award each a Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross in 1944, and an unprecedented Congressional Medal of Valor in 1961. By a unanimous Act of Congress in 1988, February 3rd was declared to be observed annually as “Four Chaplains Day.”

March — Move America Forward celebrated our 10 year anniversary by making a special shipment of 2,000 care packages and unveiling a special 10th Anniversary Logo to commemorate an entire decade of supporting the troops and their missions in the war on terror.


MAF continues that same mission by sending thousands of care packages to the troops every year and continuing to advocate for our troops every time we can.

April - Moving ahead to Easter season, we concentrated on sending the most iconic Easter treats to our men and women on the front lines. Easter favorites like Jelly Beans and Marshmallow Peeps adorned the Easter Care packages we offered.

Thanks to your support, we fulfilled our goal and sent 1,000 care packages to the front lines for Easter

May – At the beginning of May we learned that House leadership was finally forming a Joint Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi terror attacks of 2012. MAF had been calling for this type of thing since February, complete with a petition on our web page that tens of thousands of you signed, but we were happy to see action finally being taken by our leaders in Washington and we welcomed the new Joint Select Committee.

We also supported the selection of Trey Gowdy, a tough and accomplished litigator, to lead the investigation.

We applauded Congressman Gowdy when he took Ambassador Susan Rice to task for her stubborn and arrogant refusal to admit lying to the American people on national TV immediately after the attacks. We also called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify before the committee, but Clinton refused to do so.

Here is a short excerpt from our Petition asking Hillary to testify on Benghazi:

Former Secretary Clinton is the most important witness to this investigation – we want to know the facts that Hillary knows on Benghazi! Please take this petition as an expression of your constituents to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testify before the House Select Committee – it’s time we got the facts from Clinton herself!

Signed, a concerned American patriot

June –  June 25th we held our 7th annual Troopathon fundraiser to send care packages to our troops for the summer.

This was one of our most exciting Troopathons ever thanks to an in-studio visit from famed actors and troop supporters Gary Sinise and Robert Davi.

We were also lucky to have Lacey Castleberry who helped distribute MAF care packages to troops while she was working as a private contractor in Afghanistan.


John Ondrasik and Gary Graham both gave awesome in-studio performances.

One of our most successful Troopathons, we raised $350,000 for the troops.

July –  It was just about the time that the VA Care Scandal was unfolding. The shameful situation of veterans waiting for months or even years to get care from the VA along with years of mismanagement started coming to light. The VA system under Obama’s administration was failing our veterans. MAF put out a press release calling for the resignation of Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Eric Shinseki. He announced his resignation the next day.

“The number of veterans that were denied medical care they needed is simply inexcusable. These stunning revelations call into question the accuracy of information provided to Congress on Veterans Health Affairs’ wait time performance. President Obama cannot delay to take all necessary steps to incorporate a new management team effectively immediately. Additionally, Present Obama must remove Secretary Eric Shinseki immediately from his post to restore some confidence in the Department.” said MAF’s Scott Raab.

August –  MAF helped a rally organized by California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to support of Marine Andrew Tahmooressi jailed by Mexican authorities for months without due process. Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.

After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was arrested and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons (Mexico has very strict gun control laws).

Ever since, it had been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. California Governor Jerry Brown and President Obama seemingly did nothing to help negotiate or secure his freedom. Americans were frustrated with the lack of action and this rally was a display of that. After being held in Mexico for 214 days, he was finally released on November 1st.

September –  On the anniversary of  September 11th MAF was honored to be invited to assist John Vinson and his family to help them put up a huge memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

John Vinson says that when he woke up September 11th, 2001, and heard about what had happened in New York City, he was confused, afraid, frustrated and angry. He channeled his anger by picking up an American flag and going to a freeway overpass and simply waving it proudly and defiantly at the enemy, for all the passing motorists to see. Those that passed by and saw him waving the colors honked and cheered and encouraged him.

Over the years John has continued to fly the flag every 9/11, except today he has well over 3,000 flags to fly and he’s moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. But his idea is the same as ever, to fly the flag (now a collection of flags laid out as a memorial to the fallen) in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom. Today there are 340 flags on display plus 2,977 flags that represent each of the victims who perished on 9/11.

October  – With Halloween just around the corner, Move America Forward volunteers had plenty to do shipping out special Halloween packages to troops including “Thunder Troopers” from the 3d U.S. Cavalry Regiment.  Even though our troops can’t be here to celebrate with their own kids, and raid their Halloween candy stash, they can still get a little treat from all of us back home who haven’t forgotten their service.

November – This year over 24,000 American troops spent Thanksgiving in Afghanistan, fighting for our freedoms. We wanted to THANK our troops and PRAY FOR THEM as we prepared to sit around the table with our loved ones to say grace and eat a bountiful feast. We asked you to help us bring Thanksgiving to our troops on the front lines.

Since no Thanksgiving turkey day is complete without a turkey, we included premium Turkey Jerky made from 100% white meat turkey breast, Winter-themed Oreo cookies with red creme filling, hot chocolate and festive candy corn to remind our troops of a home-made Thanksgiving meal. Thanks to your donations we were able to send hundreds of these Thanksgiving Meal care packages to troops on the front lines. For some, it might be the only mail they received all year long.

December – For the first time ever, MAF partnered with KSRO Newstalk 1350 for Thanksgiving and Christmas to encourage local Santa Rosa residents to drop off care package supplies at the Sonoma County Veterans Memorial for MAF to come pick up and send to Afghanistan.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department as well as dozens of local business joined in. Sheriff’s Deputies and civilian staff all brought items to donate, along with local businesses Brezeale Automotive, Ken Bauer DDS, and Auto Life Center whose employees also contributed. Thanks to KSRO 1350, our first ever local donation drive was a success!

In December we had Local Cub Scouts from Pack 788 join MAF at our headquarters for a care package party. The Scouts came in and worked for over two hours, packing up over 400 boxes of Christmas care packages bound for troops on the front lines.

We put together this awesome video for your enjoyment, showing off all the great work done by these cub scouts.

Then with just a few days left until Christmas, MAF sent out those care packages in a big shipment of over 750. The local news came by to see us loading up hundreds of boxes into the Post Office trucks and interviewed MAF staff about the packages.

For Christmas this year MAF included iconic Christmas items like a Christmas stocking filled with candy canes and other Christmas candy, hot chocolate, Winter themed Oreo cookies, and Peppermint “Christmas in a Cup” Coffee From Rogers Family Company.

Help us start strong in 2015 and together we will continue to do great things for our troops!




Registering a Soldier is Easy

Registering a soldier to receive support packages is easy. If you have the address of someone deployed on active military duty, click here for our Military Sign-Up Center or copy this link (http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/) and e-mail it to them so they can sign-up themselves. Once signed up they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring fellow Americans.

Companies Who Stepped up to the Plate

Companies are often eager to support our troops through our Corporate Sponsorship Support Program. By raising funds doing everything from selling dress down days to holding bake sales and even holding silent auctions, hundreds of corporate support packages have reached our troops! Thanks to Corporate Sponsors like Stag Arms, The Schwartz Foundation, and Somerset Hills Shopping Center, Inc., and many more many troops have received packages with special letters from their corporate partners. If your company would like more information on how you can send support packages through Move America Forward, contact lisabaron@MoveAmericaForward.org, and Lisa will be happy to help you put your own corporate program together.

 


Christmas Support a Big Success Thanks to You!!
We asked you to help make sure our troops would receive packages during the holiday’s which are always a tough time for our troops to be  away from family and loved ones. We at Move America Forward offer our sincerest THANK YOU to all the people, companies, groups and organizations who stepped up to send Thanksgiving and Christmas packages and messages of support. You loving and visible support made it a little easier for our troops during this year when other concerns often push their needs into the background. Thanks to your generosity and support, the holidays were brighter for thousands of American soldiers.
If you sent a package and have not yet received a thank you, please be patient. Sometimes it’s very hard or even impossible for a soldier to drop a note in the mail, as much as you would all love to hear back from the soldier you have sponsored.

Start the New Year out with a Smile


The Christmas season can be so hectic that sometimes we just don’t quite get around to checking everything off our “To Do” list.  If you intended on sending a care package to our troops for Christmas and just never got around to it, why not take the time to start of the New Year with a gift to our hard-working troops?

 


 

December found me in New York to attend the premier of American Sniper. The movie is based on the bestselling book written by the late Chris Kyle. Chris was a Navy SEAL who is the most lethal sniper in American history. Chris was on SEAL Team Three, Charlie platoon with my son, Marc. Chris was with Marc when he died on August 2, 2006 and he became like a son to me. Chris was tragically murdered Feb 2, 2013 at a shooting range in Texas.

I knew it would be extremely difficult to watch as Marc was also one of the main characters in the movie. Bradley Cooper does an amazing job studying Chris, learning his Texas drawl and gaining 40 pounds of muscle to mimic Chris’ stature. When Bradley met with the family before they started shooting the film, he wanted to get in the character and asked about things personal to Chris that he maybe carried or wore. Chris wore a black memorial bracelet with Marc’s name on it and Bradley asked if he could get one so he could wear it. I sent Bradley Marc’s memorial bracelet, Marc’s challenge coin that Chris carried in his pocket everyday and had on him when he died. I also sent Marc’s memorial patch that his teammates had made and wore the rest of his deployment in Marc’s memory.

To my surprise a few weeks after I sent the package I received 2 dozen white roses from Bradley Cooper. I was shocked. The flowers arrived as I was headed out the door for San Diego to visit Marc’s grave for his birthday. When the florist made the delivery and before I opened the card, I guessed that it was from one of my “adopted boys.” So you can imagine the shock when I read the card. That was something Chris would have done, maybe Bradley does have the heart to play Chris.


Me with Chris Kyle when his book came out in 2012

Me with Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper

There were certain parts of the movie that I had a flash back, Bradley looked or sounded so much like Chris. The movie does a great job of letting Americans know the struggles of combat, the impact it has on the families left home after multiple deployments, and the reentry back into a civilian life. It also deals with the physical and emotional toll that over a decade of war has on our Vets and the need to support them.

They took great liberties of expression in how they portrayed Marc. Luke Grimes who plays Marc was hired 2 days before they began filming. The character of Marc is all fictional other than he does get killed in combat.

While American Sniper was the most emotional movie I have ever watched because of my relationship and loss to the characters in the movie. Just remember it is not a documentary, it is “based” on the book.

I do recommend that everyone read the book and see the movie.

 

Hey Kids! We Need You!

We know our troops miss their kids while they are a world away serving on behalf of us all. We want to make sure our troops will have a smile on their face and in their hearts when they open a package including beautiful homemade Valentine’s from school children. We are inviting school children from across the nation to send us their Valentine’s Cards to be included in our special Valentine’s packages for our troops.
Our goal is to have every state in the nation represented in our special Valentine’s Care Packages for the troops, which include our regular care package goodies plus some extra special Valentine’s goodies to let the troops know there is lots of love coming their way.

If your child’s school would like to participate, email our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org

Let’s share our love with our troops this Valentine’s Day!

Weber Grill Donates Spirit Grill to a Deserving Troop

Thanks to Weber Grill for their generous donation of the Weber Spirit Grill! When the Weber E-310 Spirit grill donated by Weber for one lucky recipient, Senior Airman Christina Vinson arrived at our offices, our own MAF team of Scott Raab and Shawn Callahan jumped in eagerly to assemble it right on the spot. Christina is a Senior Airman in the USAF and was thrilled by her new Weber Grill. Happy Grilling to Airman Vinson, we are so excited to hear you are enjoying your new grill and looking forward to some down time in which to enjoy it!



Our Hearts go out to the Victims of Paris Terror Attacks

We offered prayers and condolences for the families of the victims of the senseless terror attack in Paris. In the wake of these attacks, we must remain defiant and committed to our ideals of freedom of thought and expression.

MAF responded quickly and decisively on the day of the attack stating, “Today’s terror attacks were a painful reminder that these terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, or any group that aligns with a radical Islamist ideology are dangerous and cannot be negotiated with.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of today’s attack and their families. Their loss and the sacrifice they made in the name of freedom will be known the world over.” said Gonzalez.

“As former President George W. Bush said after 9/11 ‘Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward.’ Just as in Madrid in 2004, London on 7/7, 2005, in Benghazi, and in many other cities around the world. We know that the employees of Charlie Hebdo said they would rather die on their feet than live on their knees, having their thoughts and rights to free speech dictated by men with guns who murder innocents and commit atrocities because of a cartoon depiction of Muhammad. We cannot allow our freedoms to be held hostage by men with guns and a radical ideology.”

“Shame on anyone who looks at these events and says we should have been more sensitive, or that we must limit what we say about Islam or those who profess to follow its teachings. Shame on those who warn others not to speak their mind, or say what they believe, for fear of retribution from the terrorists.” said Gonzalez. “The world must come together to hunt down these extremists and bring them to justice, but not to condemn individuals for speaking out against the radicals who commit crimes in the name of Islam.” said Gonzalez.

MAF Partners with See’s Candy for Soldiers
Can you help with the additional postage needed to send candy to troops on the front lines?

Our friends over at See’s for Soldiers, a local group here in Sacramento helped us get tons of See’s Candy donated. We thought you might like to learn a little more about this wonderful local group and see some of the pictures of us picking up the candy!

See’s for Soldiers works with a coalition of local retail shops and philanthropist clubs like the Kiwanis Club and the Soroptimists Club. They sell the candy at their local club locations throughout the area and establish retail locations where the public can come in, purchase See’s candy to be donated for the troops overseas.

See’s Candy produces a variety of high quality confections with a huge variety of milk and dark chocolates, truffles, nut clusters, butterscotch, brittles, fudges, toffees, pops and more. See’s connoisseur-quality candy is especially sought for special occasions like Christmas gifts.

For the 3rd year in a row, See’s for Soldiers has made a large donation of candy to MAF so that we might ship the hundreds of boxes to our contacts on the front lines of Afghanistan.

Here are some great photos of us picking up the Candy at the Army National Guard center.


Here is the problem we are facing: with so many extra boxes, we don’t have the money for postage to ship the much needed supplies and care packages to our troops! It costs only $13.80 for just postage, so for only $27.60 you can sponsor TWO packages instead of one!

Tweets for Troops






Please note: For those taking part in our American Sniper offer, your tax deductible gift to Move America Forward will be the amount of your donation minus the cost of the movie tickets ($25). So if you donate $100, the amount you can deduct on your federal income tax is $75. If you donate 250, the amount that you can deduct is $225.

Kicking Off Operation Mail Call

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT

We have created a very GOOD problem that we urgently need your help with.

We recently received hundreds of free boxes of See’s Candy thanks to a very generous donation from the folks at See’s for Soldiers and tons of authentic Girl Scout Cookies from a local supporter. In addition, we have a surplus of gourmet coffee that we received from Rogers Family Coffee Company.

So our warehouse is flush with See’s Candy, Rogers Family Co. coffee, and Girl Scout Cookies! The cost to mail each box is $13.80 from the USPS.

That means that we urgently need to raise $13,800 ASAP. Will you please help us purchase the postage to mail these See’s Candies and Girl Scout Cookies to our troops?

 



Here is the problem we are facing: with so many extra boxes, we don’t have the money for postage to ship the much needed supplies and care packages to our troops!

Check out more pictures of the boxes upon boxes of cookies and candy given to us and waiting to be packed up and shipped to our troops – we just need postage!

 

We have supplies to ship 1,000 boxes of care packages, but without money for postage, all the cookies, candy, coffee and other supplies are just sitting here in our Sacramento warehouse.  We need your help to purchase postage and get them out of our warehouse, where they are doing no good, and over to Afghanistan and into the arms of our troops that so desperately need them.

 

  MAF would like to also express our deepest condolences to the families of those French citizens killed in today’s terror attacks. Our hearts and prayers are with you.MAF has released a full press statement which you can click here to read.

 

Prayers for the Victims of Paris Terror Attack

Pro-Troop Group Offers Prayers for Victims of Paris Terror Attacks
Says Freedom of Expression, Thought, Must be Defended

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots Pro-Troop organization, offered prayers and condolences for the families of the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack in Paris. The group also stressed that in the wake of these attacks, we must remain defiant and committed to our ideals of freedom of thought and expression.

“Today’s terror attacks were a painful reminder that these terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, or any group that aligns with a radical Islamist ideology are dangerous and cannot be negotiated with.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of today’s attack and their families. Their loss, and the sacrifice they made in the name of freedom will be known the world over.” said Gonzalez.

“As former President George W. Bush said after 9/11 ‘Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward.’ Just as in Madrid in 2004, London on 7/7, 2005, in Benghazi, and in many other cities around the world. We know that the employees of Charlie Hebdo said they would rather die on their feet than live on their knees, having their thoughts and rights to free speech dictated by men with guns who murder innocents and commit atrocities because of a cartoon depiction of Muhammad. We cannot allow our freedoms to be held hostage by men with guns and a radical ideology.”

“Shame on anyone who looks at these events and says we should have been more sensitive, or that we must limit what we say about Islam or those who profess to follow its teachings. Shame on those who warn others not to speak their mind, or say what they believe, for fear of retribution from the terrorists.” said Gonzalez. “The world must come together to hunt down these extremists and bring them to justice, but not to condemn individuals for speaking out against the radicals who commit crimes in the name of Islam.” said Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Christmas Day Message from MAF

Thank You for Supporting Our Troops All Year Long

As we gather today with friends and families across the country to celebrate, please take a moment to pray for our troops serving overseas in harm’s way. It is for our sake that they are putting their lives on the line and sacrificing.
We here at Move America Forward want to wish you and your family a very special and Merry Christmas. We hope you have enjoyed being a part of our organization for another year as much as we have enjoyed working to support our troops.If you have any doubt whether these care packages really have an impact on our troops, just take a look at this letter we received from a soldier in Afghanistan who recently received a package sponsored by someone like you.

This touching letter is the best Christmas gift we could give to you, our generous supporters. Your donations throughout the year have made an immense difference to our brave men and women in uniform. You have kept us going throughout another year filled with troubling events around the world, and a frustrating and complacent administration in the White House. Through it all, we have worked diligently to keep the mission in mind, and do whatever we could to support our troops in Afghanistan. Thank You.

In the coming year we will be working just as hard to support our troops still fighting in Afghanistan and hope we can count on your continued support.

Move America Forward is awed by the gifts that our troops have given to us and the sacrifices they make. Each day we chronicle these gifts as reasons we are celebrating our troops this holiday season. We want you to help the troops who can’t come home, join us in sending a care package today.


KSRO 1350 Care Package Drive a Success

Check out these AMAZING from Sonoma County’s Morning News with Melanie Morgan of the care package stuff they collected for MAF. Thanks to everyone at KSRO 1350, Sonoma County, this Holiday Season for supporting our troops!

Huge thank you to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office for helping collect hundreds of pounds of items for our troops! These items will go a long way to helping our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. The Sheriff’s Dept. sent out Sergeant Cecile Focha to help us pack all the items they collected into the truck so we could get it back to Sacramento and into the care packages.

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