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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WWE Hulk Hogan Does Pro-Troop Christmas Event

WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has been a long time supporter of the troops and they’re showing it again this year by putting on a Christmas event to thank the troops led by none other than Hulk Hogan himself. You may remember seeing the Hulkster on last year’s Troopathon. Now he’s joining other WWE stars to treat the troops to some live wrestling entertainment at a Christmas special just for the troops.

Here’s more about this televised event from the Charlotte Observer:


WWE pays annual holiday tribute to US troops

AP Sports Writer
Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2014
Hulk Hogan was a one-man armed forces branch inside the ring, disposing the latest lumbering threats from Cold War Russia, Iran and even an Iraqi sympathizer with nothing more than a big boot to the face and a legdrop.Hogan, the biggest star in WWE history, never lost sight of the work performed by real American troops around the world who served their country in a far more hostile environment than the squared circle.”It’s amazing to see how brave, how proud and how positive these kids are,” Hogan said.

Hogan has a special chance to thank servicemen in person when World Wrestling Entertainment tapes its annual “WWE Tribute to the Troops” show on Tuesday night at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. The WWE’s 12th holiday troops’ special brings together celebrities from sports, entertainment and pop culture to entertain American servicemen and women. The show airs on USA Network and NBC later this month.

You might remember seeing Hulk Hogan’s pre-recorded message of support on last year’s Troopathon. The Hulkster recorded this message for MAF to help us promote our Troopathon fundraiser and show his support.

We’re proud to see him continuing his support for the troops this Christmas season. MAF is also doing everything we can to support the troops during the Holidays by offering our special Christmas care packages.

Help Us Reach Our Goal!
We Need to Raise $45,000 by Christmas
There are over 24,000 American troops still in Afghanistan, and over the weekend Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel revealed plans to leave 1,000 additional troops due to an increase in Taliban attacks. That means those 1,000 troops won’t be home for Christmas.
These brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays. Instead, they’ll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms and we have set a goal to raise $45,000 to support them in their task. Help us reach our goal so that we can show our troops on the front lines that we love and support them.
We’ve already raised $3,180 towards our goal so we’re off to a good start, but we still have a long way to go if we want to reach our goal by Christmas!
Please send this e-mail to your family and friends to get them involved!
While we fill out our Christmas wish lists, many of our troops are thankful for just being alive because they realize that not all that serve are so lucky.  They are fully aware of the risks they take and dangers they face every day, but do so willingly for our safety.  For this, they deserve a small token of our appreciation around the holidays.

Amazing 70 Year Old Army Photo

We hear time and time again from our military care package recipients how much they appreciate our care packages and how much it means to them to know that people from back home took the time to think of them.Think about how lonely it can get for our troops in Afghanistan, many are on isolated bases where they cannot easily keep in contact with their families back home. Some troops hardly ever receive mail from home, some troops sadly never get anything.

Around Christmas time, our troops miss their families more than ever. They sacrifice that time with their families in order to protect us, but sometimes they still get homesick.


The American Soldier: A Selfless Force for Good, Fighting for Peace and Freedom In a World Gripped by Poverty and Tyranny

One of our pro-troop supporters and well known pro-troop blogger Donlyn Turnbull sent us this photo today which has been going viral on the web today.
It’s an amazing photo of an American soldier during WWII who is sharing his care package, probably sent from a family member back home, with a crowd of young children in some war-torn country.

We have not been able to definitively verify the origin of the picture, but those who posted it claim it is a photo of Master Sergeant Laron E. Golden of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The setting is alleged to be San Benedetto, Italy, which the Allied 1st Armored Division was occupying on December 11, 1944, the date this photo is thought to have been taken. M/Sgt. Golden is sharing his food and supplies with the local children of the town who no doubt were having a tough time during winter in a town that had no doubt suffered some damage in the fighting.

When we saw this picture it not only reminded us of the selflessness and compassion that our troops displayed during WWII, but we immediately noticed the striking similarity to these photos, taken more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

70 years later, our troops continue to embody the same qualities that “The Greatest Generation” did when they fought World War II.

Honor, duty, and service to their country, yes all very important, but also they have the same compassion and good will toward men that made the American soldier truly the most powerful force for Good to walk the earth since Jesus Christ.

Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were willing to go fight on a foreign land and then after the fighting, share their food, build schools, houses and hospitals, and just do whatever they can to help the people there.

These extraordinary, honorable men and women deserve our support.

There are about 24,000 troops in Afghanistan still serving, fighting the Taliban every day and fighting to stabilize the war torn country so that it will never be a training ground for attacks on the U.S. again. These brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays, they’ll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms.


Introducing Christmas and Holiday Care Packages

Introducing: Christmas and
Holiday Care Packages for the Troops

We are rapidly approaching the biggest holiday of the year. Yes we’re talking about Christmas. It seems like it snuck up on us, doesn’t it?It’s easy to lose track of time as we plan our holiday get-togethers and shop for gifts, but we can’t let ourselves forget about the most important people who deserve a gift this season – our troops.There are about 24,000 troops in Afghanistan still serving, fighting the Taliban every day and fighting to stabilize the war torn country so that it will never be a training ground for attacks on the U.S. again. These brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays, they’ll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms.


We hear time and time again from our military care package recipients how much they appreciate our care packages and how much it means to them to know that people from back home took the time to think of them.

Just imagine what it would be like to know someone loves and supports you while you are on patrol, standing guard or just a few months away from coming home. Make your gift today and send the support you know they deserve, with a tax deductible donation. Your Santa Stocking could be the one that reminds them of being home by the fireplace. Your fresh gourmet Peppermint coffee could be what reminds them of home.




December 2014 Newsletter

Our Group Gift Department Makes it Easy

Our Group Gift department makes it easy for any size company or group to support our troops – all you have to do is let us know your budget and we’ll do all the work. We offer you a variety of options for packages to fit your budget. We will even include a customized message from your company, group or organization in every package.

Imagine opening up your mail one day and reading this:

Of course, sometimes soldiers just aren’t in a position to send a thank you when they receive a package, but we know how much they appreciate it. We’ve even been contacted by soldiers who’ve safely returned stateside asking us to put them in touch with the person who sent them a package, so they could tell them personally what it meant to them, and how badly they felt they couldn’t send a thank you at the time. To contact group gift, email LisaBaron@MoveAmerica.org with your questions, and she’ll be glad to help out.

 We are shipping Holiday Care Packages Now!

Our MAF volunteers, staff, supporters and maybe even an elf or two are all pitching in to make sure every package ordered gets in the mail by Christmas. Santa want you to know they’d really appreciate it if you don’t wait until the very last minute to order. And just a reminder to all you procrastinators: packages sent to the military must go by USPS Priority Mail, so we’re not able to offer an overnight delivery option like UPS or FEDEX. But if you do miss the deadline, don’t worry…MAF is sending Holiday Care Packages all the way until December 31st, and even if it shows up after December 25th, the troops are going to be more than willing to celebrate Christmas when it arrives. So if you haven’t had time yet, take a moment to remember our brave men and women serving far from home.
Christmas Cheer Meant to Share!
Want to bring a smile to a group of our deployed troops?  We offer several packages that are meant to be shared by two, four or more soldiers. Just click on our Happy Holidays Shop to see what’s special for the holidays, and check out our gifts designed to be shared.

MAF Makes Your Christmas Shopping Easy!
MAF is making it easy to send a gift to a soldier in the name of family, friends or co-workers. It’s just like making a donation to any other charity in a friend’s honor.  If you just want to send a package or two, or  to send packages in the names of each of your many clients, customers or everyone on your holiday list, we’ll be happy to do all the work for you.

All you have to do is give us your budget and your list, and we’ll do the rest. We’ll even supply you with a letter you can print out or email letting your list of friends know a gift has been sent in their name by you to a deployed service member.  It’s one gift that’s sure to produce smiles all around. Just contact LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org and paste Gift in NAME in the subject line.

Gift of Monthly Smiles!

MAF even makes it easy to give year round. You can give someone a Membership in the Monthly Smiles Club and we’ll send a soldier a package in their name every month all year long. So long after the Christmas decorations are put away, your holiday gift will still be reminding your recipient of you – and reminding a soldier far from home that someone still cares about them.

We can work with your budget to send packages and to include a personal support message. We’ll even prepare a special letter for the person you’re giving the gift to. Then every month both you and the person who received your gift will get a notification from us letting you both know that a package went out. No need to pay up front; we’ll simply charge your credit card each month when your package ships.

What a great gift for a special client, friend or family member or group or employees  If you’d like to find out more, just complete our Monthly Smiles email form and in the area for messages, tell us you want to know more about giving a membership in the Monthly Smiles Club.



I had the privilege of attending the Stars and Stripes Film Festival around Veterans Day this year. For three days I watched back-to-back movies about our Veterans and the battles that were waged for our freedoms.
I have always been drawn to the movies of war that remind us of the bravery and courage displayed and the sacrifices made for you and I and the values we hold so dear. Both of my sons served in the military, my oldest Kristofer in the Marines and Marc as a Navy SEAL. I remember someone questioning them why our family was so patriotic and why they chose to serve. I remember Marc’s reply a little jokingly “It was all of the war movies Mom made us watch.”We started the film festival with Act of Valor. I had seen the movie twice before so knew what to expect. I had met with Bandito Brothers when they were beginning to write the script and had shared Marc’s heroic story. They had told me Marc would be part of the movie. I knew it wasn’t going to be based on a story in the Middle East, or be a play-by-play of what he did. There are just pieces in the movie, when one of the SEALs stands out by himself to defend his buddies, the funeral scene that is just feet from Marc’s grave. It is a little more general, character qualities that we see in so many of our troops who serve so courageous and selflessly.The end of the movie lists the names of all of our fallen SEALs and of course it is emotional to see my sons name along with so many other brave warriors listed there. As a Mother of a fallen hero, I can tell you that it is so bizarre to see your child’s name on a headstone, granite wall, in a book or movie, but when we have heroes who sacrifice greatly their stories need to be told.The next three days we watched movies about Korea, Iwo Jima, World War II and Viet Nam. You could watch the progression as the movies would depict the actual scenes with reality. After each movie we had someone from that conflict do a Q&A. To be in the presence of so many brave warriors, and be reminded of the deep cost so many families have made for the freedoms we take for granted was overwhelming to say the least.Watching Saving Private Ryan where they drive up the long road to the farm house to notify the Mother that four of her five sons had been killed in combat was almost too much for me. I knew as that car drove up that dusty road exactly what that Mother was feeling. There are no words that could describe to someone who hasn’t experienced those words, “I’m sorry to notify you your son has been killed in action.” I have only lost one son in combat; I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that Mother felt losing four?

Then to watch Black Hawk Down and the graphic reality and consequences of war was about all I could take. I was emotionally drained everyday of the festival. I’m not a big movie person and that probably was more movies in those three days than I have watched in the last three years. I do think it is so important for those movies to be made and for us to be reminded of the cost of freedom.

I remember as I watched one of the movies that it had been over 50 years since these battles and these heroes’ stories are still being told. I was washed with emotion at that point knowing that the movie American Sniper is about to be released. If you haven’t read the book American Sniper it is a must read that the movie is based on. Chris Kyle was the most lethal sniper in American history.

Chris was with Marc when he died and after Marc’s death he became like a son to me. Chris was tragically murdered in Texas almost two years ago. Marc is one of the main characters in the upcoming American Sniper movie, and this one will share Marc’s heroic actions the day he died and his funeral.

The reality that others will be watching American Sniper 50 years from now and knowing the character of Chris Kyle, my son and their teammates brought bittersweet emotions. American Sniper will be released Christmas Day in certain markets and Jan 16th across the country. Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle and Luke Grimes plays Marc. Just like Lone Survivor was based on the book, these are not documentary’s, but I believe that they have worked hard to show the character and tell the stories of these brave SEALs.

Marc was re-deployed to Heaven and this will be the 9th Christmas without him, yet he is still impacting lives around the world.  It’s not just Marc though, so many of our brave warriors have stood out in the line of fire defending you and I and our freedoms. We must never forget the sacrifices each one of our Veterans have made.

As we celebrate the birth of a Savior who was born to sacrifice his life on a cross for you and I, don’t forget our Veterans, their families and our families of the fallen who have sacrificed greatly!

John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” There are only two that would lay down their lives for you. Jesus Christ and our Veterans.

I live my life honoring them both!

As 2014 draws to a close, we at MAF want to take a moment to solemnly remember all the brave members of our armed services who gave their lives in service to our great nation. To the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, and best friends who bravely gave their all, your light will shine bright in our hearts today and every day.

Name Branch
Lacey, William K. U.S. Army
Hess, Jacob M. U.S. Marine
McAdams, Andrew L. U. S. Army NG
Scobie, Drew M. U. S. Army NG
Lee, Daniel Tyler U. S. Army
Sipple, Andrew H. U. S. Army
Balli, Edward U. S. Army
Landis, Chris A. U. S. Army
Gray, Joshua A. U. S. Army
Pelham, John A. U. S. Army
Skelt, Roberto C. U. S. Army
Torian, Aaron C. U. S. Marine
Poirier, David L. U.S. Air Force
Erickson, Caleb L. U.S. Marine
Chaffin III, James E. U. S. Army
Danyluk, Kerry M. G. U. S. Army
Chandler, Christian J. U. S. Army
Farrell II, Shawn M. U. S. Army
Rasmussen, Deric M. U. S. Army
Barreras, Martin R U. S. Army
Perkins, Adrian M. U. S. Army
Wykstra, Jacob H. U. S. Army
Jones, Jason B. U. S. Army
Walker, Matthew H. U. S. Army
Hurne, Terry J. U. S. Army
Clouse, Justin R. U. S. Army
McDonald, Jason A. U. S. Marine
Studenmund, Scott R. U. S. Army
Toppen, Aaron S. U. S. Army
Helton, Justin R. U. S. Army
Wolff, Adam F. U. S. Marine
Stewart, David H. U. S. Marine
Garabrant, Brandon J. ISAF
Spitzer, Thomas Z. U. S. Marine
Hamilton, Jr., Don A. U. S. Army
Williams, Keith M. U. S. Army
Prange, Benjamin G. U. S. Army
Gass Jr., Girard D. U. S. Army
Greene, Harold J. U. S. Army
Hairston, Samuel C. U. S. Army
Leggett, Matthew I. U. S. Army
Mulalley, Chris W. U. S. Army
Arsenault, Brian K. U. S. Army
Strong, Charles C. U. S. Marine
Donahue, Mchael J. U. S. Army
Weathers, Andrew T. U. S. Army
Walker, Jonathan D. U. S. Army
Kalafut, Christopher E. U.S. Navy
Cathcart, Michael A. U. S. Army
Riley, Joseph W. U. S. Army
Turner, Wardell B. U. S. Army

*as reported through 11/24/2014




Tweets for the Troops

Merry Christmas, My Friend

‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,In a one-bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
and to see just who in this home did live.

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more,
so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.

And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.

I soon understood, this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night,
owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines like this one lying here.

I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice,
“Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice
I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more.
My life is my God, my country, my Corps.”

With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.

I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.

Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.

And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,

and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.

But half asleep he rolled over,
and in a voice clean and pure,
said “Carry on, Santa,
it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”

One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight

Written by Corporal James M. Schmidt


Introducing Thanksgiving Care Packages for the Troops


This year over 24,000 American troops will spend Thanksgiving in Afghanistan, fighting for our freedoms. This year, let’s make sure to THANK our troops and PRAY FOR THEM as we sit around the table with our loved ones to say grace and eat a bountiful feast. And sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forward to send a little bit of Thanksgiving cheer to our troops fighting over in Afghanistan!It’s the least we can do to help remind them of home and let them know that we support them! Please send them your support and items they can’t get in Afghanistan.

Wish Our Marines a Happy Birthday


Don’t forget to take some time to recognize our United States Marine Corps who are celebrating their 239th Birthday today!

The Marines were born November 10th, 1775 when our founding fathers met at the 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Among the things they voted for that day was a resolution to raise two battalions of Marines to protect American shipping and fight pirates lurking around the Bahamas.

Since then, the Marines have been an indispensable component of America’s military power and legendary for their toughness and never-quit attitude that has carried them through some of the most fierce and bloody battles in history like Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Da Nang, Fallujah and others.

We still have thousands of Marines serving in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban. Show your support for them by sending some care packages through our postage-only care package drive Operation: Mail Call. Click here to donate now.

For a special limited time you can send care packages to our troops for less, we’ve received enough free product that we only need you to pay just for the postage!




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10 NOVEMBER 2014

In his birthday greeting 70 years ago, General Alexander Vandegrift, our 18th Commandant noted that, “A Birthday is a fitting time to peer backward – and forward.” That year, Marines reflected on an extraordinary year in combat during their amphibious drive across the Pacific. Despite the challenges and the horrific conditions, Marines prevailed at Guam, Saipan, and Peleliu. On 10 November 1944, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishment – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.

In 2004, 20,000 Marines deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq – many Marines celebrated the birthday in places like Fallujah, Ramadi, and Al Qaim while decisively engaged in combat. That year, Marines also responded to crisis in the Pacific following a tsunami which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. On 10 November 2004, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishments – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.

As we celebrate our 239th birthday, Marines are in combat in Afghanistan. Since we last gathered to celebrate our Corps’ birthday, we also responded to crises in the Philippines, South Sudan, Libya, and Iraq.

Some things change. This year found us in different climes and places that our predecessors in 1944 and 2004. We have adapted our organization, training, and equipment to the ever-changing operating environment. Some things remain the same. Marines attacked this year’s challenges with the same courage, commitment, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and adaptability as their predecessors in Peleliu and Fallujah. For that reason, on 10 November 2014, we Marines can look back with pride on our accomplishments- confident in our ability to meet future challenges.

Thanks for who you are and what you do. Happy Birthday Marines.

Semper Fidelis,

J. F. Dunford, Jr.
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps



We have 1,000 care packages ready to ship in our
Sacramento warehouse – they just need

The cost to mail each box is $13.80 from the USPS.  We have set a goal to raise $13,800 so that we can send 1,000 boxes.  Will you please help us purchase the postage to mail these supplies to our troops?

November Monthly Newsletter 2014 Edition

Veterans Day is
November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, is Veteran’s Day.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have served our great nation. To all of our Veterans, we say “Thank You!” Your sacrifice and service has kept us safe at home.  Please take the time to thank your friends, co-workers or loved ones this year who have served our country.  In honor of America’s brave veterans, please take the time to fly your flag.
If you are a veteran, check out some of these discounts available to Veterans.http://www.military.com/veterans-day/veterans-day-military-discounts.html
We’d like to offer you the opportunity to send out a special troop support package in honor of your loved one who has served.Simply enter your order and in the message area please enter your message to our troops and let them know in whose honor your are sending your package.

Freedom for Jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi!
Mexican Judge Orders Marine Released

We were pleased to see that a Mexican judge has finally decided to release the American Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who has been unfairly held in a Tijuana jail for the last 7 months. He flew back to his home in Miami, FL on November 1, 2014. We are so happy to have this American Marine back home. He, like all of our men and women in uniform, are our heroes.

We just wanted to share a few pictures with you from the big rally to support Andrew Tahmooressi that MAF helped to organize back in August! It was a great event with an estimated 150 – 200 attendees. We had reporters from all across Northern California and as far away as Los Angeles. With the signs, chants, and press coverage, we sent a strong message to President Obama, Governor Brown, and Mexican President Nieto. Now, our prayers have finally been answered.

As a Marine, Andrew served two combat tours in Afghanistan before being honorably discharged in 2012. 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). It took 7 months for Andrew to finally be released.

Despite repeated calls for help, neither Governor Jerry Brown nor President Obama did anything to bring our Marine home. The President, as Commander-In-Chief never lobbied hard against the Mexican Government to get Tahmooressi back, it appears the Mexican government decided to release Andrew by their own volition, three days before America’s elections. We are so happy to have Andrew home, but imagine the months of suffering that this young man had to go through that could have been avoided if Obama had been willing to fight for his freedom!

We Give Thanks!

Thanksgiving is a day when many of us count our blessings, and take a moment to remember family and friends who can’t be with us to share the day. At Move America Forward we’re thankful to each and every one of you who send packages and messages of support to our deployed to let them know they’re not forgotten.

We’d like to make sure as many soldiers as possible get a taste of the holidays, so we’ve put together some special Thanksgiving treats in our packages that range from hot apple cider mix, to festive multi-colored candy that’s sure to bring a real taste of home. Of course our packages are packed with plenty of our regular treats like beef jerky, nutritious trail mix, candies, cookies, Rogers Family coffee and lots more. And every Thanksgiving care package includes a special personalized message to our troops at no extra charge.


“It was like an early Christmas in the shop”

The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and we are experiencing the crisp cool temperatures that November brings. Along with that we have two holidays that we celebrate this month, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. No matter our circumstances we all have so much we can be thankful for!

Among the top of my list for things I am thankful for are our Veterans who have served and sacrificed. Our warriors who through the ages, in numerous wars and conflicts, wearing different uniforms have selflessly given for the freedoms we enjoy every day. This month I would like to highlight those who have served in my family and honor them and the uniforms they proudly wore.

My oldest son Sgt. Kristofer Lee, served in the Marines from Aug 2000-December 2005. He was the Communication Specialist for his unit and was also the martial arts green belt instructor.

My son-in-law Christopher served in the Army as a Lieutenant from 2001-2003 and was deployed to Iraq.

My youngest son Marc was in the Navy from 2001-2006. He was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq 8-2-06 and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart and numerous other awards.

My brother Jim is a Master Sergeant in the Air Force for 30 years and has deployed to the combat zone over 10 times.

Our family has represented every branch of the military and proudly wore the different uniforms of each branch. I’m looking at Marc’s uniforms hanging on the wall next to me as I type this. A hero, my son, my mighty warrior once wore each one of those uniforms.

He wore some during BUDs, some while jumping out of an airplane with a parachute strapped on, others for formal events with ribbons and his Trident perfectly placed. Yet others saw the sands of Iraq in heavy combat and felt the warm blood drench the cloth as Marc gasped for his last breathe of air as he defended his teammates and our freedoms.

The fabric of these uniforms isn’t anything special, what made it special was the one who filled it. They filled it with courage, determination, love, humor, commitment, perseverance, selflessness and hope. Each one of our Vets who served through the ages have also displayed those same characteristics.

As a nation we owe it to each and every one of those who proudly wore the uniform a depth of gratitude and respect. We owe it to our fallen heroes to never forget their sacrifice. We must live our lives daily showing our Veterans that we understand and are grateful for all they have given for us.

As a nation we come together on Veterans Day to corporately recognize, honor and thank everyone who has served. I hope that it’s not just Veterans Day that you remember and support our Vets. I choose to do it 365 days of the year as I do recognize the price they paid for my freedoms.

Marc’s last letter home talked about how we could change our world by doing more random acts of kindness.

He ended that letter with a challenge:

“To my family and friends, pass on the love, the kindness, the precious gift of human life.” I would challenge you on Veterans Day to accept Marc’s challenge and fill your day with random acts of kindness for those who have served.

If you have served please know that from the depth of my heart I send my love, respect, gratitude and support!!!! You are an American hero!


Turkey, pumpkin pie, football, family, parties, shopping, worship services, and decorating! Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner!  This is such a busy and fun filled time for many Americans here at home, but it’s also a special time to remember our troops serving in harm’s way that won’t have a chance to celebrate these special days with their friends and loved ones. As part of your Holiday Traditions why not include remembering our service members with a special package from home.

Move America Forward is happy to offer a special Holiday Duo promotion that will automatically send a package from you next month in  December along with your special note of thanks to celebrate these special holidays.

Our Thanksgiving packages will be packed with our regular treats but will also include special holiday treats like candy corn, special holiday edition coffee and hot cider.  To add a touch from home and our Christmas package will have extra treats like soft peppermints, a fleecy red and white Christmas stocking and hot chocolate as well.

Just contact Lisa Baron at LisaBaron@moveamericaforward.org  and let her know you are interested in the Holiday Duo and she will get all the info from you she needs to make this happen

Signing Up a soldier for a Support Package is Easy

If you have the address of someone deployed on active military duty click here to sign them up to receive a care package. Or copy this link:


and e-mail it to them so they can register themselves.

Before you know it you will be asking yourself where another year has gone. Let MAF make it easier to remember our troops. If your company, group, school, club or organization would like to send soldiers holiday packages, now’s the time to get in touch with our Group Gift Coordinator and get your program underway. There’s still time for us to put together a custom program for you that could include sponsoring a group or unit, sending packages to soldiers from your home state, or supporting members of a particular branch of the service. We want to be able to do everything possible to make your program special, so if you’re even thinking about “We should really do something to support the troops” this holiday season, send an email to LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org

Did you know?

November 4, 1979 –  Iran Hostage Crisis begins as  Iranian  student militants  overrun the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran, taking  52 Americans hostage who were held captive for 444 days. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have not resumed.

November 6, 1860Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President of the United States. Lincoln was the first Republican President elected to office.

November 10, 1775Happy 239th Birthday United States Marine Corps!

November 11, 1919 - First Proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day and officially changed by congress in 1954 to Veterans Day.

November 13, 1942 - Five members of the Sullivan family  — Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George — serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Juneau lost their lives during or shortly following  a Japanese torpedo attack in the waters off Guadalcanal during World War II.  Due to the Deaths of the Sullivan brothers, the U.S. Navy no longer allows close relatives from serving on the same ship.

November 19, 1863President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address during ceremonies dedicating the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Battlefield as a National Cemetery. Lincoln’s speech clocking in at just under two minutes is now considered one of the greatest speeches in American history.

November 20, 1945The Nuremberg War Crime Trials began with 24 former of Nazi leaders charged a variety of crimes including crimes against humanity.

November 22, 1963President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while travelling with his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The President was pronounced dead at 1:00 PM CST at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. At 2:38 p.m., Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States aboard Air Force One.

November 26, 1789 - Although traced backed to the Pilgrims in New England.  President George Washington declared that there be a Thanksgiving Day, a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic.

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| CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez, Dir. of Communications (714) 926-6189


SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troops organization, joined thousands of pro-troop supporters in horror at the latest reports from the Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama might be considering options to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to prisons in the United States.

“From day one we have opposed President Obama’s goal of closing GITMO or transferring some detainees to prisons on American soil.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group. Gonzalez was part of a MAF delegation that visited Guantanamo in 2008, toured the base, and concluded that detainees were not being mistreated.

“The latest report, though the White House may deny it, is disturbing because Obama continues to say that his goal is to close GITMO and bring terrorists to American soil. So far he has been unable to do it thanks to both Congressional action and public outcry.  According to the Wall Street Journal, he has asked his staff to prepare several options to do so which could violate a Congressional law banning the use of public funds to transfer GITMO detainees.”

“At a time when Islamic terror is displaying naked aggression around the world, beheading Americans and other Westerners, fighting near Baghdad, Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, and elsewhere, the last thing we need to do is release more terrorists who may ultimately return to the battlefield.” said Gonzalez.

“Another part of Obama’s plan is to spread GITMO detainees in prisons around the United States. This is extremely dangerous,” said Gonzalez. “Recently in Oklahoma, we have seen the dangers of allowing jihadist thought to promulgate in our prisons. Alton Nolen, who cut off the head of one co-worker with a knife and almost killed a second man, converted to Islam and was radicalized in prison. Obama would be inviting disaster by allowing more jihadists to proselytize and convert others in U.S. jails.” concluded Gonzalez.

After visiting Guantanamo Bay in 2008, Move America Forward launched a “Don’t Close GITMO” TV-ad campaign in 2009. In 2011 MAF organized public protests to “Stop GITMO North” in the city of Thompson, Illinois after President Obama sent Eric Holder there to determine if the prison could be used to house terrorist detainees.

To arrange an interview with Danny Gonzalez or any other 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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