The Holley Provision – Gold Star Mother’s Day 2016

National Gold-Star Mother’s Day

“The Holley Provision” and One American
Family’s Sacrifice in the War on Terror


Today is Gold Star Mother’s Day, a day our nation proudly express’s our love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Move America Forward has had the honor to work directly with so many amazing Gold Star families over the years, we thought it would be a great time to share some of these courageous stories.

Today we bring you the story of Matthew J. Holley, a combat medic in the 101st Airborne whose parents John and Stacey Holley fought for all military families to make sure all of our fallen warriors return home with the honor and respect they deserve.

John Holley was one of the Gold Star Parents we were able to take with us to Iraq in 2006. A trip he credits with helping him honor his son and move forward in his life. We have had the pleasure of working with John and Stacey Holley ever since and are so grateful for all they have done for other military families. Please take the time to read the story below and learn about their son.

Thanks to the efforts made by the Holley Family a “Holley Provision” exists to ensure all of our fallen heroes return honor and respect they deserve.


~The story of  Army SPC. Matthew J. Holley~

On a cool autumn afternoon in November 2005 the world seemingly ended for John and Stacey Holley.  With the ringing of the doorbell and the appearance of uniformed military strangers on the porch of their North Idaho home, their quiet lives were shattered by the news that their son and only child SPC. Matthew J. Holley had been killed along with three other soldiers by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Taji, Iraq. He was a Combat Medic with the 101st Airborne Division out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

Growing up, Matthew was the child that most parents hope for; he was charismatic and talented both athletically and artistically.  By the age of 18 he was a three time U.S. National Karate champion and a talented amateur artist. For most who knew him, Matthew was a person of few words, choosing instead to let his actions speak much louder.  He thrived on the challenge of being the best he could be.

When Matthew made the decision to become a soldier he was following in the footsteps of four generations of family members before him, including both John and Stacey.  He was driven by a few valued lessons in life that he was raised on. The first to know and respect “that to whom much is given much is expected” and second that whenever the opportunity availed itself “to take his eyes off of himself and to put them on to others.” 

Etched on SPC Matthew Holley’s gravestone are the following words, “To Serve a Cause Greater Then Myself”.  Profound words spoken by a profound young man to his mother and father for his reason to join the United States Army and become a Medic. Matthew’s zest for life was to apply those valued lessons handed down to him and in doing so share a little of that freedom so many in our nation take for granted, or a little of that free spirit we all have.

Like so many who feel called to serve our nation, Matthew loved the Red, White and Blue.  He loved the freedom it exudes and offers anyone who lives in the United States of America.  As many in our generation, most will always remember that fateful Tuesday in 2001 when the towers fell.  Matthew was just one week short of his 17th birthday, but as his mother reflects back, she believes that day was as much a catalyst for his decision to serve our nation as any.  It was on that day that he saw the cause for freedom and all he had been raised to believe in challenged, and he expressed that “if there was one thing worse than dying, it was being alive and not being free.”

Even in the midst of their grief, John and Stacey knew that they were not the only parents who would face such a crisis.  They were not the only American family destined to hear the ringing of a doorbell, or to learn the news of a loved one’s ultimate sacrifice from the lips of complete strangers. 

Unbeknownst to them John and Stacey’s sorrow would quickly turn to horror when they discovered that Matthew’s casket would return to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field as common freight. 

There would be no honor guard to welcome their fallen hero back to his hometown. 

Instead, Matthew Holley’s remains would be carted around by forklifts and baggage handlers, like a crate of auto parts. Determined to welcome their son home with honors befitting his sacrifice to our nation, the Holley’s embarked on a quest to challenge the law, and to begin a journey of healing that would touch the lives of Gold Star families across our nation.

In 2011 the Holley’s released their co-authored book, Medals, Flags and Memories.  In the book they share the story of their struggle in the weeks and months following Matthew’s death, as they fought to enact the law known today as “The Holley Provision” or as some have come to refer to them as “Angel Flights.”  John and Stacey chose not to write simply a memoir of grief and loss. 

Rather their desire was to share a journal of personal transformation, a guidebook for anyone who finds themselves struggling in the storm of their lives.  It’s a journey of faith, love, and ultimate perseverance.  But beyond all of these things, it’s an unmistakable demonstration of the American ideal in action.
 

Today each fallen heroes casket is met by honor guards in white gloves and crisp uniforms, instead of baggage handlers with forklifts.  The legislation, was signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2006, and enacted by the Pentagon in January 2007

Faced with the entrenched bureaucracy of our government, the Holley’s proved that an ordinary family can tip the scales of American justice.  And, in an age where many people feel alienated and powerless, the Holley’s have shown how ordinary citizens can impact the change in federal law, and transform the world we live in.

In a sense, one world ended for John and Stacey Holley in November 2005, when Matthew died to preserve the American dream. But another world opened up, as the Holley’s discovered the power of prayer, determination and belief in the values that our great country was founded on. John and Stacey have honored Matthew’s death by reminding us that his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all those who serve our great nation is not in vain or without the honor due.  That the American dream is still very much alive and well, and it is within the grasp of each citizen who dares to reach out and claim it.


Copies of Medal’s Flags and Memories can
be purchased online through www.amazon.com


September Monthly Newsletter 2016

Honoring the Memory of the lives lost on 9/11

September 11, 2001 – Terrorism hits home
September 11, 2012 – U.S. Consulate in Benghazi attacked by terrorists

September 11, 2001.  Fifteen years cannot erase the vivid image of the Twin Towers billowing smoke against an impossibly blue New York skyline. September 11, 2001, a day that forever changed our nation.  We at MAF honor the brave men, women and children who lost their lives that fateful September morning in 2001.  We remember the heroics of NYPD fire and police units who responded without thought to their own safety and the incredible sacrifices of those aboard flight 93 who through their selfless sacrifice saved countless lives. Although the Twin Towers no longer grace the New York Skyline, the Pentagon remains, its beige stone facade bearing the scars of the terrorists attack.



September 11, 2012. Frantic call for help go unanswered as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya fall under terrorist attack culminating in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, former SEALs Glen Doherty  and Ty Woods  along with  foreign service worker Sean Smith.
 
Although first reported as an unorganized local protest surrounding a movie, it soon became clear this was a directed and organized strike.

MAF REMEMBERS AND HONORS THE 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

September 8, 2016 — For the fourth year in a row, MAF has been invited by John Vinson and his family to help them install a memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 
John Vinson says that when he heard about what had happened in New York City he picked up an American flag and went to a freeway overpass and simply waved 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.

John continues to fly the flag every 9/11, today he has well over 3,000 flags to fly including 2,977 flags to remember each victim of the 9/11 attacks. John has moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. The Vinson family continue to fly the flags in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom.

We applaud the efforts of people like John Vinson, and the countless other patriots around the country who are flying their flags today, supporting our troops. Last year MAF put together a video showing John and his team of volunteers placing the flags in the ground.
 

WATCH THE VIDEO – CLICK HERE



September 2016 MAF 9/11 Memorial Shipment — We will have hundreds of packages ready to go in response to our Answer the Call 9/11: Never Forget Drive.  It’s not too late to have your care package added to this very important shipment. Our nation was under fire, and our brave heroes Answered The Call to defend it. Will you Answer the Call to support them now?


Take time to honor these heroes and their sacrifices by flying your flag in remembrance of these great American heroes and consider sending out a great support package to our troops who help keep us safe today and every day!

Learn 4 Life’s “Jeans 4 A Cause” Raised $2,531.00 for Troop Care Packages!


Scott Raab, Lorna Garces (black shirt) School Counselor for Paseo Grande
Tanya Prucher (blue shirt) Learning Center Coordinator for Paseo Grande
David Petropulos – Principal for Paseo Grande, Shawn Callahan

At Move America Forward we are frequently approached by groups and organizations that are looking for a way to make a difference. We have worked with many groups helping them coordinate drives to send package to our deserving soldiers. That’s why when we were contacted by Tanya Pruche, Learning Center Coordinator for Paseo Grande High School we were happy to be awarded their “Jeans 4 a Cause Donation” for the month.

Paseo Grande High School, a Learn 4 Life public charter school, in a growing network of approximately 65 resource centers throughout California.  The schools offer a variety of programs; Independent Studies, Blended online, and Career Technical Education with a focus on personalized learning because Learn 4 Life know all students need something different to motivate them and get them reinvested in their future.

 
Each month a Learn 4 Life charter school hosts their standing “Jeans 4 a Cause” drive.  Each charter gets to choose an organization they would like to support and all employees within Learn 4 Life wear jeans and donate $3-$5 which in turn goes to a worthy organization.  The money is collected and the school that hosted the event presents it to their charity.  

According to Tanya Pruche,  “My Principal, David Petropulos, found Move America Forward and felt it was a great way to support our troops. We raised money during one of our “Jeans for a Cause” events that crosses our entire company, from San Diego to Sacramento.  Staff can wear jeans and donate to organizations chosen by the specific school site that hosts that month’s event.”

Tonya went on to say “It must be hard to be away from family and friends and hopefully organizations like this help them to know they are appreciated.”

When I spoke to Tanya about her experience visiting Move America Forward she said “It is amazing to see all the support you have from the community and what you do for our troops! It feels great knowing that even a small gesture could help make someone’s day.  Our students enjoyed writing letters to the troops and we had some really good conversations about how we could support them.

Tanya went on to say her experience with MAF was “Wonderful – everyone we have met is passionate about what they do. And she took a moment to add a personal message for the troops, “Thank you for all you have done for our country.”

Want to support Move America Forward when you shop on Amazon, it’s simple: All you have to do is use the link below to select Move America Forward as the charity you would like to support and a small portion of what you buy on Amazon.com is donated. There is no extra cost to you, just extra support for our brave defenders for buying the things you normally would. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Millions of Americans already use Amazon to purchase clothes, books and movies to tech gadgets, or almost anything you can think of. Chances are, if you’ve ever bought anything on-line, you have probably used Amazon.com at least once or twice.

Now with Amazon Smile, you can support Move America Forward at no cost to you, Amazon donates .05% of your purchase TO THE TROOPS on your behalf!

Click HERE to shop for great Gifts and be sure to set MAF as your Amazon Smiles Charity!

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Happy 100th Birthday United States Marine Corps Forces Reserves


As everyone knows, the best way to celebrate a birthday is with a BIRTHDAY PARTY. Our specialty at MAF, and our favorite kind of party is a CARE PACKAGE PARTY. So why not help us throw a BIRTHDAY care package party in honor of our Marine Corps Forces Reserves 100th Birthday!

Here are some photos of what a MAF care package party looks like!




Troops tell us in their own Words what it means to get a Care Package!

Here is a real note to us from a real soldier, we though you would enjoy reading how much your support means.

“Good Morning, I would like to send you this email as a token of my appreciation! Today I was afforded the opportunity to speak with one of the many volunteers. I would like to thank you very much for your hard work and support in a world where the support of the armed forces is slowly declining. We noticed once an email contact was made and the request was understood, we would shortly receive a positive form of care. We all appreciate what you and your crew of men, women, and children have been doing for, not only us, but for everyone throughout the armed services. The items in the conversation was awesome, useful, and directly from the heart. Thank you for what your dedication, patience and candor.

V/R

Peter W.  – SSGT U.S. Army”


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Calling all Troops!
Signing up to receive packages is easy!


If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center  to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, just copy this link http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.

MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round



Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long? Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club.

You can a join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?


If you have questions and would like more information, just fill out this form and Lisa Baron, our Director of Troop Support who oversees our Monthly Smiles Program will contact you directly.

Don’t want to commit to a package every month? We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

Special Shout out to Corporate Sponsor Guidepost for providing much needed spiritual support to our troops during long deployments far from home and loved one!


As always, special thanks go out to our Sponsors!:




August Monthly Newsletter

This is how we Party at MAF — We Threw a Packing Party!


First and foremost thank you to all our sponsors who ordered troop support packages and all the great volunteers who came down to help us assemble the actual care packages!  Thank you to all the volunteers, everyone who spread the word and especially to our friends at TRAVIS Air Force Base and BEALE Air Force Base that took time to come down to help us pack. We had an incredible group full of familiar faces and people who have never visited us before. And they packed over 840 care packages in the first shift a new record!

There are still thousands of American troops deployed in the war on terror.

Hundreds of boxes were packed, labeled, and made ready to ship!


Our K9 Packages Now Feature KONG Brand!

Move America Forward is very proud of our K9 Care Packs! When most people think about the U.S. military, it conjures up images of America’s bravest men and women, but most people don’t think about the furry friends that serve alongside our troops on the front lines.

Military Working Dogs have been used for years by our men and women in uniform deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 


Our K-9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect sensitive eyes from dirt and debris. And we’re proud to announce that we’re now including KONG Brand durable dog toys in our K9 packs. These dogs work hard, but play time is an important part of training and bonding with their human partners.

That’s why we are very proud and thankful to the Kong Company for helping us get these KONG dog toys into our boxes.



Donating a care package is the easiest way to give our brave K9’s and their partners the comforts of home while they are so far away and sacrificing so much for us. Each box also has a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items for the human soldier as well.

These handlers and dogs are highly trained and are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, and standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K9’s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. IED’s threaten our troops as well as the local Afghan civilians, so every bomb found by a K9 warrior means innocent lives are saved.



Send a K9 package today!


That’s why our Care Packages are always stuffed with a wonderful array of high quality items that our troops consistently request and come with a personal note of support from you to make sure they know they are not forgotten.


Temperature Climb in the Middle East!

Our Care Packages Have Items to Help Troops Stay Cool!

Middle East forecast shows incredible
temps up to 122 degrees.


Image how tough it is for our troops overseas serving in the hottest, dustiest battle zone while temperature blaze.

You can help though, because care packages from Move America Forward come with sunblock, lip balm, wet wipes and deodorant all of which are extremely useful and important to help keep the troops dry and protected from the harsh sun.

These are just some of the great personal care items that the troops will be delighted to find in a care package sponsored by you. And, of course, we still include tasty treats and snacks as well as gourmet coffee and cookies to give our heroes a taste of home with some comfort food!



Troops tell us in their own Words what it means to get a Care Package!
Recently, we have seen  a BIG surge in our Soldier Sign-up Program on our website. This program allows soldiers to sign-up to receive care packages from us.

With so many troops still overseas fighting the War on Terror, there is still an enormous need to support our men and women in uniform. There are up to 18,000 troops now deployed in Iraq (5,000) and Afghanistan (13,000), as well as some 500 special forces in Syria.

We are working hard to fulfill all the soldier sign-up requests and make sure that all our brave men and women of the military receive the care package that they requested!   
 
As part of our Soldier Sign-Up Program, the troops can leave a message with some of their thoughts and feelings and share a little bit about themselves. Below are some recent notes and care package requests from troops on the front lines. They convey what it means to them personally, to serve and to receive support from you.


Real Notes from Deployed Troops



Show our troops that they haven’t been forgotten and send a care packages to troops like these just waiting for your help!



It’s so great when we hear back from troops who have received packages sent through Move America Forward. We though you would enjoy reading one of the actual notes we received back just this week.


Hello,
 
Thank you so much for the care packages we received today, the boys enjoyed it and we all shared it as a group! I have 36 guys that are out on the other outstation that we share our care packages with! We really appreciate your support!

God bless,

Leremia M., Afghanistan


Hat’s off to our Coasties — Happy 226th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard! 
Semper Paratus


U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines.

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of America’s five armed services and traces its founding back to Alexander Hamilton, who as Secretary of the Treasury authorized the construction of 10 ships to be used for enforcing tariffs, trade laws and to prevent smuggling. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the modern-day U.S. Coast Guard.

The modern-day Coast Guard is the smallest of the armed services, yet performs a variety of tasks from search and rescue to maritime law enforcement.

Happy Birthday to all our Coast Guard families and supporters!


TWEETS FOR THE TROOPS @M_A_F


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Calling all Troops!

Signing up to receive packages is easy!


If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center  to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, just copy this link http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.


What They are Saying on Great Non-Profits
Check out one of our latest reviews!
http://greatnonprofits.org/org/move-america-forward



MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round



Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long? Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club.

You can a join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?


If you have questions and would like more information, just fill out this form and Lisa Baron, our Director of Troop Support who oversees our Monthly Smiles Program will contact you directly.

Don’t want to commit to a package every month? We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.


As always, special thanks go out to our Sponsors!:




Military Working Dog Packages Updated

Now Featuring KONG Brand!

Move America Forward is very proud of our K9 Care Packs! When most people think about the U.S. military, it conjures up images of America’s bravest men and women, but most people don’t think about the furry friends that serve alongside our troops on the front lines.

Military Working Dogs have been used for years by our men and women in uniform deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Our K-9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect their eyes from dirt and debris. And we’re proud to announce that we’re now including KONG Brand durable dog toys in our K9 packs. We are very proud and thankful to the Kong company for helping us get these KONG dog toys into our boxes.


Click Here to Donate!


Donating a care package is the easiest way to give them the comforts of home they are so far away from while they are making such enormous sacrifices.
Each box also has a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items for the human soldier as well.

These handlers and dogs are highly trained and are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, and standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K9’s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. IED’s threaten our troops as well as the local Afghan civilians, so every bomb found by a K9 warrior means innocent lives are saved.


While on deployment, our troops really miss the basic items and comforts of home. That’s why our Care Packages are always stuffed with a wonderful array of high quality items that our troops consistently request and come with a personal note of support from you to make sure they know they are not forgotten.



Click Here to Donate!

Live Streaming Video – Volunteers Packing Boxes for the Troops!

Live Streaming Now: Volunteers Busy Packing Hundreds of Packages for the Troops!


Here at Move America Forward we are extremely proud of the work done by our team of committed local volunteers. With our Troopathon fundraiser over, these volunteers are busy packing up thousands of care packages sponsored by YOU.


If you didn’t donate during our Troopathon, you can still make a donation today and get your package in as part of this huge shipment being prepared TODAY. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!


Here are some great photos of our care package volunteers working hard to pack boxes for the troops NOW.


These local volunteers just love putting together boxes filled with great items our troops will appreciate. Click here where you can view a live stream of what’s going on inside our Care Package Center right now!




Here’s a list of what the troops receive when you choose to sponsor a care package from Move America Forward. Donate today to make your care package part of this next big shipment being prepared now!

Real Notes from Deployed Troops

What does it mean to our heroes to receive a care package?


Recently, there has been a BIG surge in our Soldier Sign-up Program on our website. This program allows soldiers to sign-up to receive care packages from us.

With so many troops still overseas fighting the War on Terror, there is still an enormous need to support our men and women in uniform. There are up to 18,000 troops now deployed in Iraq (5,000) and Afghanistan (13,000), as well as some 500 special forces in Syria.

We are working hard to fulfill all the soldier sign-up requests and make sure that all our brave men and women of the military receive the care package that they requested.  


Just last week, we sent out a big 650 package shipment. Our volunteers are currently working on putting together another big batch of care packages for later this week. Donate NOW to make sure your package in included in this upcoming shipment!

 



As part of our Soldier Sign-Up Program, the troops can leave a message with some of their thoughts and feelings and share a little bit about themselves. Below are some recent notes and care package requests from troops on the front lines. They convey what it means to them personally, to serve and to receive support from you


Real Notes from Deployed Troops

Boot Socks, a Vital but Overlooked Necessity

For our troops deployed in combat roles on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq, a daily patrol consists of miles and miles of walking through dusty and rocky villages with bad roads or no roads at all. In this harsh terrain and with the demands of long 10 hour patrols on a daily basis, boots and socks wear out fast.

You simply can’t do a 10 hour patrol with defective socks, even just a few holes can mean painful blisters and sore heels. Socks wear out fast, but they are an absolute necessity to keep our troops GOING, literally!

With this problem in mind, we set out to find a good source of socks that we could provide for the troops in these care packages that would not increase the cost of sending packages. We are pleased to report that we found a great source of high quality socks.

These boot socks are THICK. They can take a BEATING and keep on ticking!


Make a troops job a little more comfortable by sending them these quality socks and much more. CLICK HERE to sponsor a care package.


And now these awesome, strong boot socks are now included in every care package through Move America Forward.

Along with these comfortable boot socks, here’s a list of everything the troops will receive when you sponsor a care package.



Send a package to our troops on the front lines today!

July Monthly Newsletter

Troopathon 9 – Care Packages for Our Heroes!

On June 23, 2016, MAF held our 9th Annual Troopathon live event broadcast live on Newsmax TV and live streamed on the internet from a cutting edge, high tech production studio in Sacramento, California, home of our headquarters.  Troopathon 9 “Care Packages for Our Heroes” capped off a month-long fundraising event running through July 4th and held by Move America Forward to send care packages to the troops overseas for the summer. Our goal is to send care packages to every deployed serviceman or woman overseas fighting the War on Terror.

Troopathon 9 culminated in a 6-hour live broadcast interview show with that brought together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters who encouraged viewers to sponsor care packages for the troops serving overseas through the group’s website (www.troopathon.org) and a special call in number.

Check out our impressive guest list of Pro-Troop Gusts who took the time to call in, skype or appear live at Troopathon 9!


Rush Limbaugh Mark Levin Laura Ingraham Omarosa Manigault Nancy Grace Mario Lopez Matthew Marsden
R. Lee Ermey Mike Rowe Dr. Gina Loudon John Harbaugh Jeanine Pirro Nick Searcy Scott Baio
Duane Dog Chapman Diamond Dallas Page Lou Holtz Hulk Hogan Beau Davidson Pat Boone Adam Carolla
Herman Cain Kurt Schlichter Pamela Geller Col. Allen West Senator Ted Cruz Gov Tom Wolf Gov Rick Snyder
Rep. Steve King Frank Gaffney Maj Gen. Paul Vallely Rep. Louie Gohmert Gov Greg Abbott Rep. Peter King Dennis Miller
Admiral “Ace” Lyons Dr. Laura Gov Rick Perry Gene Simmons Donald Rumsfeld Dionne Warwick Reba McEntire
Diana Nagy Robert Davi Joe Mantegna Montel Williams Coach K Mike Krzyzewski Joe Piscopo Charlie Daniels
Amb. John Bolton Jim Hoft Chef Robert Irvine Tony Orlando Scottie Hughes Gov Earl Ray Tomblin Tim Kennedy
Tomaczek Bednarek Kevin Graves SSgt. Anthony Cano Huba


Once again we had Move America Forward’s co-founder, award-winning radio talk show host, author, advocate, journalist, News Director and veteran host Melanie Morgan at the helm. Melanie, brings her passion for our troops born of six generations of Morgan men serving in the military, Melanie dedicated the broadcast to her brother, the late Sgt. Mark Nelson Morgan, Special Forces.


Sgt. Mark Nelson Morgan, Special Forces

Melanie was once again interviewing side-by-side with Troopathon 9’s special co-host, the incomparable Rita Cosby, Cosby, one of the most recognized and respected broadcasters in America today and for the first time Melanie and Rita were joined by Newsmax’s own John Bachmann.

Melanie has always had a passion for supporting our troops and was just wowed by the celebrity supporters who wanted to make sure they took part in supporting our troops as well.  According to Melanie, “We are humbled to receive support from so many famous pro-troop celebrities and we’re honored to make them a part of our Troopathon fundraiser.




Imagine having to be away from your family for 6-12 months, missing birthdays, holidays or other important life events. These troops are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq where they’re fighting the Taliban and training Iraq to fight ISIS. The weather in those countries is a scorching 100-110 degrees during the days when our troops are carrying packs averaging 60 pounds of gear! While our troops are over there covering our butts let’s make sure we do the same from home for them!

With over 10,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, we cannot forget their continued service and sacrifice. The people who are taking time out of their busy careers to participate in Troopathon do so because they are so grateful for everything our troops do, risking their lives for the preservation of our Nation’s freedom and liberty!”

Thanks to all who took the time to watch and respond to our drive to send our deployed troops much needed packages.

Thank you for all who supported!  We are busily packing and shipping off boxes now, but if you didn’t have time to help out during Troopathon, please consider sponsoring a waiting troop now!


Thank you for all the support from everyone here at Move America Forward. On behalf of our hosts, Melanie Morgan and Rita Cosby, all of our staff, and most of all our troops on the front lines, thank you for your support!  We couldn’t have done it without you!


Spotlight on Rita Cosby


Once again, we were extremely blessed to have Rita Cosby as a co-host alongside our own Melanie Morgan.  Rita is a phenomenal journalist, news anchor, radio-host and best-selling author with strong ties to the military community.

Rita is author of two books including the best seller Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past which chronicles her father’s bravery as a Polish Resistance fighter during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazi forces in World War II. Rita has used proceeds from this book to support several military and veterans organizations.

Following the Troopathon I was lucky enough to interview Rita for the newsletter and wanted to share my exchange with you. I hope you enjoy hearing from Rita in her own words as much as I did.

You wrote a beautiful tribute to your father, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past did his bravery and personal sacrifice influence your views on the military and their role in protecting our freedoms?

Absolutely. My father was so grateful to be rescued by US troops in WWII and later become an American. He told me he cried when he became a US citizen because he knew the important role the US military played in saving the world in WWII and what America represents in terms of freedom and democracy for all. American GIs literally hugged by father and told him he was free after he escaped from a Nazi POW camp. My father never forgot the greatest day of his life and how blessed we all are to live in this great country.

How did you come to be involved with the Troopathon?

I have been a guest on Troopathon for many years and was so honored to be asked to co-host Troopathon 8 last year with co-founder Melanie Morgan. It was a fantastic experience and a privilege to highlight our brave troops who deserve our support in every way. So when I was asked to co-host once again I didn’t hesitate to say yes!

In your view, how important is supporting our troops through programs like Move America Forward’s Care Package Program?

Extremely important. As a journalist, I have been to many of these remote places where our troops are based and often they are in very difficult, remote terrain with little communication with the outside world. By sending a care package with a personal message, they know we have not forgotten them and that America stands with them. I have seen firsthand that often these messages from a complete stranger give them a great morale boost and are often posted by their bed, something for them to look at and inspire them every day. Think about the incredible impact this can have on one of our brave men and women. It’s no surprise to me that even some pen pal relationships have started as a result of these care packages. It creates an unbelievable bond and a clear message that we love you and deeply appreciate what you and your comrades are doing to protect all of us.

You saw our care packages up close and first hand, what did you think of the variety and quality of products we include in our care packages?

They are terrific and quite diverse! From sunscreen to coffee to beef jerky and everything in between! Troopathon has so many gracious sponsors and great patriots who really know how to put a big smile on a soldier’s face. It makes them feel like Christmas has come whenever that special care package arrives.

Many of our troops have been deployed multiple times and routinely miss important family moments and events, a message and package from a caring supporter may be the only support they receive, do you believe this support is key to their mission?

Absolutely. During these difficult times when troops are on multiple deployments and often away from their families more than ever, these care packages can truly boost their morale and keep their spirits high. This is key to an effective military and most importantly, lets them know we support them and will never forget them. They represent the best of America and we should never forget how lucky we are to have such courageous men and women fighting on the frontlines.

Great job Rita!  Thanks for helping us put together another great Troopathon!

Big Congrats to our Duke Basketball, and SF 49ers Limited Edition Football Troopathon Winners!

As part of our fund raising efforts for Troopathon 9 held June 23, 2016, Move America Forward received generous donations of a limited edition San Francisco 49ers Football from the 49ers and a priceless autographed Duke University basketball signed by “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the gold medal USA Olympic Basketball team and the National Champion Duke Blue Devils!
 
We are pleased to announce that our Troopathon Giveaway winners have been selected and thanks to their generous donations to the troops will be receiving these special prizes from two very special organizations that went above and beyond this year to help Move America Forwards 9th Annual Troopathon!!! We are still in the process of notifying our winners so there names have not been mentioned here.

 


Thank You San Francisco 49ers!

Thank You Sacramento Kings!

Thank You Duke’s Coach K!

 

Mark Levin’s Challenge


Mark Levin, Troopathon super supporter, author, and the host of American syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show came through with a big Troopathon donation and then challenged our donors to make a $2,000.00 donation, for which he pledged a personally autographed copy of his best-selling book Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future. Thanks to Mark Levin,  Beverly W. will soon count this special autographed edition as a part of her own collection. Thanks again to Mark and Beverly for their generosity!

Weber Grill donated Spirit E-310 Gas Grill!

Once again Weber Grill has donated a top-quality Spirit E-310 gas grill for a luck Troopathon donor.  The winner of the grill, who was chosen at random, Joshua K. was generous enough to donate the grill back with the wish that it be given to one of our brave troops. Move America Forward is in the process of finding a lucky troop to receive the grill. Thanks Weber, we are so lucky and can’t wait for our troop to Grill on!

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Calling all Troops!
Signing up to receive packages is easy!


If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center  to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, just copy this link http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.

Troopathon really helped put packages in the hands of our troops but we could really use more of our supporters to join our Monthly Smiles Program. Please consider joining Monthly Smiles and we will do all the work to make sure your package goes out each month to our deserving troops.

Just fill out the form here and our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron will contact you for details or feel free to email or call Lisa directly, she can be reached on her direct line at 843-532-4365 or through her email at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org (remember to add her to your safe sender list so she doesn’t end up in your SPAM!

You can also join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?

AGAIN, THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING TROOPATHON 9 A SUCCESS!!!

Special Thanks go out to Troopathon Event Sponsors:



Also thanks to the following additional sponsors: Yeti Coolers, University of Michigan, Jame A. Doherty Inc., MyDogTag.Com, Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Duke University, Nine Line Apparel, GovX, and Motel 6

Happy 240th Birthday America!




Obama attacks US gun owners instead of terrorists

After Orlando Terror Attack, Obama and Democrats Choose to Go After Gun Rights Instead of ISIS

We know many of you have been following the news since our first email and you probably already know that the death count in the horrible Orlando shooting has risen to 49 after initial news reports said 20.

We also now know the killer’s name, Omar Mateen, and we know without a shadow of a doubt that he was a Muslim extremist who pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Why then does our President not want to talk about terrorism or Islamic extremism? In his speeches after the attack Obama completely ignored the killer’s religious motivations and attacked gun rights.This is not the first time Obama has refused to recognize the Islamic extremist roots at the heart of killings. After San Bernardino and Paris as well, Obama refused to label the enemy as an Islamic extremist.

He did not promise to track down any connections the shooter may have had to extremist Imams or ISIS collaborators. He did not promise any retaliatory air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq or Syria (as French President Francois Hollande did after the Paris terror attack).

Instead immediately shifted the conversation to the sovereign 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens. He’s now calling for bans on some guns that he calls “assault weapons” and a ban on citizens who come up on the no-fly list.

In France they have the strictest gun laws. Did that stop the terrorists from getting weapons and killing innocent men, women and children? The problem is Islamic terrorist who are against western democracy and tolerance. This is an attack on our way of life; it is not a problem that will be solved with more gun laws that hamper loyal American citizens.

President Obama has such a severe lack of proper priorities. He is willfully ignoring the threat of Islamic terror and playing politics with gun control while putting Americans at risk by trying to be politically correct instead of more determined to wipe out Islamic extremism.


June 15, 2016
by Marc. A. TheissenAccording to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who spent hours interviewing Obama about his foreign policy doctrine, the president “has never believed that terrorism poses a threat to America commensurate with the fear it generates” and “frequently reminds his staff that terrorism takes far fewer lives in America than handguns, car accidents, and falls in bathtubs do.”

That’s right, our commander in chief sees the mass shooting of 49 people in Orlando as akin to a slip in the tub.In his 2016 State of the Union address, Obama blithely dismissed the Islamic State as “fighters on the back of pickup trucks” who he said, in typical strawman fashion, “do not threaten our national existence.” In a 2015 BBC interview, he said , “If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100.” In other words, no big deal.

We are trying to do our part by supporting the troops. We send care packages, we try to bring our troops overseas some comfort and show that Americans back home support them. Right now we’re desperately trying to raise money for our Troopathon Summer care package effort. This attack comes at a time when we don’t want to take our eye off the ball and distract from the effort currently underway, please help us make a donation to keep Troopathon on track so that we do not lose sight of our goal.

We hope you will continue to help us raise money to support our troops on the front lines and keep sending care packages.