Photo Received from Crew of Aircraft Carrier

Help Sailors Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

Friends, as you know about three weeks ago the USS Theodore Roosevelt was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Yemen to stop the flow of Iranian weapons and material support to the Houthi rebels that have taken control of Yemen by bloodthirsty aggression.

Move America Forward had received some requests directly from the sailors aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and we sent some care packages their way.

Today, we received a reply back with this photo of the crew of the big aircraft carrier.

These sailors are still in the path of Iran’s Navy and we are now preparing to send more support – make a donation now to get your care package on board this shipment! Hurry! Click here to donate now!

 

Weeks ago there was a showdown when one convoy of up to 9 Iranian ships that seemed bound for Yemen turned around and went back to Iran after the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the waters near Yemen. We don’t know what those ships contained but clearly they did not want the US to know what was in those vessels.

Now Iran is saying they plan to send a new fleet to Yemen with humanitarian aid and that they will escort this fleet with Iranian warships to protect them from possible US intervention.

 

“Iran: Attack on Yemen-Bound Ship ‘Will Spark War in the Region’

BY: Adam Kredo
May 13, 2015 2:56 pm


Iranian military leaders are warning that any efforts to block passage of a supposed aid ship heading for Yemen “will spark war in the region,” according to multiple regional reports.
Iran will not permit its Yemen-bound ship to be inspected by any outside countries, a move that could complicate U.S. efforts to stop Tehran from smuggling weapons and other munitions to Yemeni rebels.The warning also was sent to the Saudi Arabian government, which is positioned against Iran in the fight raging in Yemen.”The countries involved in war against Yemen are no way allowed to inspect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ship which is carrying humanitarian aid,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in a statement on Wednesday published by the country’s state-run media.

These ships are purported to contain 2,500 tons of aid supplies, but we should be highly suspicious of that claim. A tactic that Iran has used before, claiming to be noble humanitarians sending aid, but secretly mixing guns and bombs into the supplies to help arm the insurgency.

Due to their past behavior we have every reason to suspect that Iran will try again with this new fleet, to smuggle weapons to the Houthis. We hope that the US works with Saudi Arabia to blockade this fleet until every box is inspected to make sure Iran is not doing it again!

You can help bring a morale boost to the sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt by making a donation today. We are preparing a shipment headed directly for the troops aboard this US Navy Aircraft Carrier!!

Hurry and donate NOW to increase the size of this imminent shipment!!! These items are impossible to find overseas, so for the troops who receive them, it’s like a little piece of home.


CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

Coffee from Rogers Family Co.
Hot Apple Cider
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
Genuine Oreo Cookies
Gatorade
Painted Hill Beef Jerky
Planters Nuts/Trail Mix
Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels
Deodorant
Girl Scout Cookies
Lip Balm
Sunblock
John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs
“Support the Troops” Wristbands
Military OneSource Resource Packet
U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition
Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card
A Personal Note from YOU!

May Newsletter 2015


Watch your emails for the Date of our Annual Troopathon 8 Live Event!


We are excited for our upcoming Troopathon 8 Live coming this summer, we will share the date once we have confirmed. Please join us as we broadcast live over the internet for packed with great guest speakers sharing their stories and offering support to the brave men and women serving far from home as we remember and honor their sacrifices.

Troopathon 8 Live will kicked off with returning host Melanie Morgan and her co-hosts. We’re still in the process of lining up this year’s guests, but you can be sure there will be some great names past year’s guest list which included Oscar nominee Gary Sinise, Bill Whittle, Dennis Miller, legendary Coach K of Duke University and syndicated radio host Roger Hedgecock, and radio host and best-selling author S.E. Cupp.

We will be sending out emails, posting on Facebook, and Tweeting to keep you posted as we line up this year’s  exciting guest list, so if you haven’t already, add us on Facebook and Twitter now. And as always, thank you for standing behind our troops and offering them the support they deserve!

 

Hats Off to You Super Mom!

Many of our Deployed Mom’s celebrated Mother’s Day  with only the hopes of an email, card from home or for the lucky ones a chance to chat with their families via the internet as they serve far from home this year.  Of course, they accept this separation dutifully as part of their commitment to our nation, and they do so proudly. But let’s all make certain that those serving in part to protect their children and everyone else’s are looked after too!

If you missed out on the chance to send a package to one of our dedicated deployed moms, why not take a moment to send your thanks now with our new Beat the Heat care packages?    They’re not just for moms either, any of our troops would welcome al the heat busting goodies, including sunscreen, lip balm, Ohh Ahhs alcohol free wipes and more designed to keep out soldiers cool as temperatures rise!

To all our supporters who did take the time to send a Mother’s Day package we say thank you for supporting our troops!

Our Troops Truly Appreciated your EggCeptional Easter Support!

Thanks to your generous support, Move America Forward was able to send over $25,000 of packages to our troops. Time away from loved ones and friends is always difficult especially during a holiday. Spending Easter away from family and loved ones was just a little bit easier this year for grateful troops knowing that there were people like our supporters thinking about them!

So thank you to supporters like Lucia U. , David W., Howard U., Brenda D. and Diana C. among many others who stepped up to make sure our troops received Easter care packages!

THANK YOU HIGHLIGHT
“Nothing like the comforts and tastes of home!”

We are always thrilled to hear from the soldiers who receive packages though Move America Forward.  Sometimes we receive cards or letters back and sometimes we hear from the soldier directly via email.

This thank you note was an email from a unit of soldiers who received a whole group of support packages to share.

As you can see, they really special receiving the packages and if you haven’t heard back directly from a soldier you have supported, who knows, your package just may have been among this special shipment!



Memorial Day: Fly your Flag to Honor those who Gave All!

Monday, May 25th, 2015 is Memorial Day. It is seen as a great opportunity for a long weekend of barbecues and a chance to catch a baseball game or hang out with friends, but we at MAF know that Memorial Day means so much more.

Memorial Day was established as an occasion to honor and celebrate Union Soldiers, who died in service to our country during the Civil War. After the end of World War I, Memorial Day was expanded to include all American men and women who died serving their country in any military action or war.

Originally called Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30th traditionally, the current name of Memorial Day came into use following WWII and with the passage of the 1968 Uniform Holidays Bill Memorial Day was officially moved to the last Monday in May.

As our way of honoring those who gave all, we are also asking all of our supporters to fly their flags proudly on Memorial Day, and for those who have flag poles to remember to fly your flag at half mast.

Please take a moment out of your day to remember those who sacrificed their lives in service to the United States of America.
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

Our Monthly Smiles Club Keeps Morale High Year Round!

Here’s an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long – join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club. Simply provide us with your monthly budget, and a little information from you and we do the rest. That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face.

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.

 


 


U.S. Army Medic Spc. John M. Dawson,
killed in Afghanistan on Apr. 8,2015. (DoD)

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission according to a statement issued by the Department of Defense.

Dawson was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, deployed out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Dawson, an Army medic, who enlisted about a year after high school  in 2012 was shot  in an apparent insider attack by an Afghani soldier  in Jalalabad, a city about 90 miles east of Kabul.

Dawson is the first soldier killed since December, 2014, the longest period of time without a causality since the September 11, 2001 attacks. His awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Dawson is survived by his parents, Rhonda Dawson and Michael Dawson, both of Whitinsville, Mass. His funeral was held on Monday, April 20, in Upton, Mass.

 

TROOP TWEETS


If you don’t have a Facebook or haven’t had the time to check in with us lately, we thought we’d share a few of our recent posts:



 


I believe it is important to share the stories of our services members, which is why I reached out to one of our Twitter followers, Cy Wagner, with whom I had exchanged a few notes and photos regarding our dad’s time in service during WWll as both our fathers had served with the legendary First Marine Division and both had survived some of the bloodiest battles of WWll including Guadalcanal and Peleliu.

After a few exchanges I approached Cy about sharing his dad’s story with you all here in my column. Although Cy’s Dad, Lester is gone now, I am happy to have a forum to share some of Lester’s story and in doing so shine light on the sacrifices made by this remarkable man during his rather extraordinary life.

 

Lester’s Story

Lester Dale Wagner was one of 15 children born to Grover Wagner the mayor of Carey, Ohio a sleepy village in Wyandot County knows for its limestone quarries and close knit families. Even being one of eight children, my mind boggles at the idea of raising fifteen children… fifteen children!

Cy said his mom Kate was “one tough but loving lady” and I can only imagine his grandmother must have been equally so to have raised such a gigantic brood!

Like many men of Lester’s generation, when his country called, Lester did not hesitate in joining the fight to protect his home, his family and his way of life. Lester, as well as his brothers served during WWII. According to Cy, “I know we had an Uncle Woody or Woodrow who served in the Army Air Corps and Eugene who served in the Navy.”

Lester left behind a young wife, who, in his absence, gave birth to their son she named Larry and whom she raised for four lonely years without a complaint before Lester would return home and finally meet his son.  “She is the last of a breed of women who stayed home raised kids- never drove- back then the doctor would come to the house. She really hung in there while dad was away.” Said Cy with clear admiration for him mom.

Half a world away in the Solomon Islands, Lester’s missions with the tough-as-nails 1st Marine Division took him into the Battle of Guadalcanal then on to Bougainville to help the Allies wrestle control of the island from the Japanese forces.   As a member of a tank crew, Lester fought in some of the most brutal conditions in the stifling heat of the Pacific Theater. In one day alone during the Bougainville campaign, Lester and his incredibly brave tank crew knocked out over 120 Japanese pillboxes at and 10 pillboxes more at Cape Gloucester.

Lester moved on to Peleliu where the 1st Marine Division was nearly decimated by the brutal fight they encountered with the Japanese troops as the U.S. troops attempted to take a strategically located air field on this tiny coral island. The U.S. command had estimated they could take the island in a four day fight; however, the Japanese had heavily fortified the island, digging tunnels and hideouts which led to a two month bloody campaign with the highest casualty rate of the Pacific Campaign during WWII.

Although Lester and his tank crew fought bravely, they were not to be spared from the devastation. According to Cy, “My father would be severely wounded and the only surviving crew member from an artillery round that hit them while fighting on Bloody Nose Ridge on the island of Peleliu.”.

Lester, injured and fighting for his life was transported to a Navy hospital ship with devastating injuries to his legs.  While onboard Lester was awarded a Purple Heart. “The wounds he sustained caused him to have one short leg and he had to have special shoes to compensate.”

The injury led to Lester’s discharge for medical reasons where he was lucky enough to return home to Kate and his young son Larry but not before spending a year recuperating in a VA hospital.

Lester and his wife Kate were both quietly proud of the sacrifices they, and many of their great generation made to save the world from tyranny.

I am honored that I was able to share the heroic story of Sgt. Lester Dale Wagner, U.S. Marine and his family with you.  Special thanks to Lester’s son Cy Wagner for taking the time to share it with me and with all of you who are reading this.

I hope you enjoy reading my column and I would love to hear your thoughts and stories as well. If you have served or have family members who have served I would encourage you to allow me to share your own story so I can help tell all the wonderful stories about our brave troops that deserve to be heard.

I hope I gave you something to smile about, so pour yourself a nice cup of coffee, or in my case a tall icy glass of sweet tea, count your blessing and have a great day!

Lisa

I would love to hear from you, even on our darkest days we all have blessings and I would love to share yours. Contact at lisabaron@moveamericaforward.org and use the subject line Count Your Blessings.

 

Did You Know?

May 2, 2011U.S. Special Operations Forces kill Osama bin Laden during a raid on his compound in Pakistan. The raid ended a decade-long manhunt for the terrorist leader of al-Qaeda which was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks.


May 7, 1915
Germany torpedoes the British ocean liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, with 1,100 lives lost, including 114 Americans on board.  The U.S. had previously remained neutral; however, the public outcry hastened America’s involvement in World War I.

May 8, 1942The Battle of the Coral Sea began, marking Japan’s first defeat during World War ll. The battle ushered in a new era of naval warfare as this was the first time two opposing naval forces fought engaging aircraft alone without the ships sighting each other.

May 11, 1969The Battle of “Hamburger Hill” began during the Viet Nam War. After U.S. troops engaged in a 10-day siege marked by bloody hand-to-hand combat with the North Vietnamese and finally taking the hill, American military leaders soon abandoned the position which was quickly retaken by the North Vietnamese.


May 14, 1942
During World War II, an Act of Congress allowed women to enlist for noncombat duties in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), the Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES), Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), and Semper Paratus Always Ready Service (SPARS), the Women’s Reserve of the Marine Corp.

May 20, 1862President  Lincoln signed the Homestead Act  opening up the West to settlement to “homesteaders” who could acquire up to 160 acres by living on the land and cultivating it for five years, paying just $1.25 per acre.

May 24, 1844“What hath God wrought?” with this simple statement telegraph inventor Samuel Morse  ushered in the dawn of the wireless communication era as he sent the first official telegraph message from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore.

MAF Sends Extra-Special Gift to the Biggest 49ers Fan in Uniform

Earlier this year, Move America Forward sent an extra-special care package to a very dedicated football fan serving on the front lines. Inside this care package was a one-of-a-kind 49ers football and today we received confirmation that this timeless piece of pro-troop NFL memorabilia made it into the hands of this deserving troop!

 

 Good Morning Sir/Ma’am!My friend and I here in the middle east sent you a request for a care package a few months back and I am emailing the pictures back to you of the wonderful gift I received!

I truly appreciate the care package that was sent.  It is organizations like yours that make this strenuous and stressful time away from family and loved ones a lot easier and I can’t thank you enough. Your gift will be cherished for generations.

Go NINERS!!!

Sincerely,
TSgt Shawn S.
F-16 EFS Munitions Specialist

 

We are very glad to help troops deployed overseas, especially with such an extra-special gift like this. But don’t forget there are still tens of thousands more troops still serving overseas and they need our help too!

 


IRAN SAYS THEY WILL PROTECT “AID SHIP” TO YEMEN

Weeks ago there was a showdown with Iran after the US sent our aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Gulf of Aden to monitor incoming traffic to war-torn Yemen. One convoy of up to 9 Iranian ships that seemed bound for Yemen turned around and went back to Iran once the US fleet was in their path. We don’t know what those ships contained but clearly they did not want the US to know what was in those vessels.

Now Iran is saying they plan to send a new fleet to Yemen with humanitarian aid and that they will escort this fleet with Iranian warships to protect them from possible US intervention.

These ships are purported to contain 2,500 tons of aid supplies, but we should be highly suspicious of that claim. A tactic that Iran has used before, claiming to be noble humanitarians sending aid, but secretly mixing guns and bombs into the supplies to help arm the insurgency.

Don’t forget last year when Israelis Defense Forces raided a fleet of ships headed for the Gaza strip, supposedly to deliver “humanitarian aid”. What the IDF found aboard those ships were bulletproof vests, knives and ranged weapons hidden under a few boxes of medical supplies.

Due to their past behavior we have every reason to suspect that Iran will try again with this new fleet, to smuggle weapons to the Houthis. We hope that the US works with Saudi Arabia to blockade this fleet until every box is inspected to make sure Iran is not doing it again!

Yemen remains in chaos with half the country under the control of the Houthis, a group of militant Islamic extremist rebels who ousted the government and are fighting to for control of the rest of Yemen. Since the Houthis are supported by Iran, it has long been suspected that the Iranians are providing military and financial aid to the rebels who have been killing with as much ruthlessness as ISIS in Iraq/Syria.

 

Mother’s Day Care Packages for Military Moms

 

There are only 2 days left until Mother’s Day, that means time is running out to sponsor a great Mother’s Day care package from Move America Forward!

Move America Forward is busy sending out care packages to our moms who are serving overseas to keep their families back home safe! People all around the country are coming together and making donations or doing whatever they can to help the troops overseas, especially the moms, since Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 10th!

It’s true that our military moms who are out there serving in Afghanistan will have no opportunity to be pampered by their husbands, or receive that construction paper, crayon-written, macaroni-glued Mother’s Day card from their kids.

Did you know that over 200,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan? Included in that number are over 85,000 mothers who said goodbye to their husbands, sons and daughters to go overseas and fight for their country.


By Petula DvorakAbout 220,000 women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 40 percent of active-duty women, or almost 85,000, are mothers, according to a Joint Economic Committee report. And of those, at least 30,000 are single moms.That’s a lot of American kids who know that Mommy’s not going to make it to the dance recital, won’t be there for the birthday party and, to be perfectly truthful, might not come home at all.The multitasking mom – our worries, our woes, our spit-up-stained business suits and over-committed volunteering – is practically a walking cliche. But what about when Mom wears fatigues and a bad day means enemy gunfire?

We’ve received hundreds of notes from troops overseas talking about how difficult it is to miss holidays and birthdays while deployed. Imagine being halfway around the world, away from your son or daughter for the first time? This is the reality of our modern military family and as Americans it’s up to us to support those troops who bravely sacrifice so much to defend our freedoms.

Mother’s day will be especially tough for the thousands of moms still serving over in Afghanistan. It’s a dangerous job and they risk everything to do their duty.

This Mother’s Day we want to recognize all of our military Moms — those who are serving and the mothers of troops serving. Whether they’re putting themselves on the line to make a safer world for their children to grow up in, or sending their children off to keep America safe, military Moms know the meaning of SACRIFICE better than anyone. And we want to thank them this Mother’s Day.

Send a MOTHER’S DAY care package to our troops serving in Afghanistan. It’s the best way to say thanks to the Moms who gave us life, and the Moms who risk their own lives to protect our nation from threats of terrorism.

 


May 8th is VE DayVE Day is the day we celebrate Victory in Europe during World War 2. With Hitler dead and American and Russian troops overrunning Berlin, the German High Command finally signed an unconditional surrender on May 8th in Berlin.

Though we still had to fight on in the Pacific, the Victory in Europe was still a momentous day and celebrated all around the country.

Today we continue to celebrate VE Day as a reminder of the millions of Americans who sacrificed so much to fight the evil Nazi regime and their allies. WW2 vets and their families are gathering for parades, remembrances or other ceremonies around the country.

Take part in the celebrations or at least spend some time thinking about the monumental conflict and the people who fought so hard to keep America and the whole world free from tyranny.

 

 

We have some really awesome SPF 15 Sun Screen and SPF 30 Lip Balm by Sun Bum.This brand is great because they’re oil free and moisture-resistant, so when the soldier wearing them sweats, the sun screen won’t wipe off like with other brands.
There’s also the high quality Hooh-Ahhs field towels, with moisture in them so if troops do get sweaty or hot, they can take a refreshing field shower.These moisturized field towels are a thousand times better than flimsy wet wipes that are too small to be useful and often tear easily.
And don’t forget about the Gatorade mix so our troops can replenish some much needed fluid and electrolytes with a refreshing, cool, and great tasting drink!

 


With thousands of troops still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan they need our help to keep cool in the hot Middle Eastern sun!

Click Here if you want to send a package to our troops on the front lines that will include some thirst quenching Gatorade, Hooh-Ahhs Field Towels, Lip Balm and Sun Screen!

 

 

Introducing Beat the Heat Packages

Temperatures Soar
in Middle East

Care Package Items Help
Troops Stay Cool in the Sun!

We all know that this Summer is coming but over in the Middle East, the heat comes early and has already served up some scorching temperatures.

During the hottest months in Afghanistan temperatures reach well over 100 degrees in some regions. In Iraq it gets even hotter, up to 120 degrees !!!

According to a recent article in Army Times a soldier on extended foot patrol carries an average load ranging from 87 to 127 staggering pounds!

With this in mind Move America Forward is proud to showcase several products we include in the care packages designed to help keep our troops cool and deal with the extreme heat.

We have some really awesome SPF 15 Sun Screen and SPF 30 Lip Balm by Sun Bum.This brand is great because they’re oil free and moisture-resistant, so when the soldier wearing them sweats, the sun screen won’t wipe off like with other brands.
There’s also the high quality Hooh-Ahhs field towels, with moisture in them so if troops do get sweaty or hot, they can take a refreshing field shower.These moisturized field towels are a thousand times better than flimsy wet wipes that are too small to be useful and often tear easily.

 

And don’t forget about the Gatorade mix so our troops can replenish some much needed fluid and electrolytes with a refreshing, cool, and great tasting drink! 

With thousands of troops still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan they need our help to keep cool in the hot Middle Eastern sun!

Click Here if you’d want to send a package to our troops on the front lines that will include some thirst quenching Gatorade, Hooh-Ahhs Field Towels, Lip Balm and Sun Screen!

Iranian Ships Turn…Is It Over? Maybe Not…

Help Sailors Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt


Last Sunday, the USS Theodore Roosevelt was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Yemen ostensibly to deter or stop the flow of Iranian weapons and material support to the Houthi rebels that have taken control of Yemen by bloodthirsty aggression. Iran has been supporting those radicals who ousted the government through a campaign of terror last month and continue to send weapons, ammunition, money and other support to the rebels as fighting continues for the control of this troubled but strategically important country.

It has also been reported that a convoy of 9 Iranian ships, including 2 warships, were on a direct course toward Yemen, but not without having to get past the U.S. Navy carrier group. U.S. officials said the Iranians have diverted away from Yemen but may not turn back to Iran. It’s possible the Iranians might try to sail around the USS Theodore Roosevelt and into Yemen, but the U.S. ships are capable of intercepting them.

U.S. official: Iranian cargo ships turn away from Yemen
CBS/AP
April 23, 2015
 

WASHINGTON — The convoy of Iranian cargo ships that had been headed toward war-torn Yemen — possibly with advanced weaponry for Houthi rebels — has reversed its direction, a U.S. defense official tells CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.The official said it remains unclear where the nine-ship convoy may be headed now, whether back to Iran or toward another port.Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the Iranian ships might be carrying weapons to the Houthis, but he would not say whether the U.S. would forcibly stop and board one of the Iranian ships if it entered Yemeni waters.

Move America Forward has received requests directly from the sailors aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT and we’re preparing to send them a shipment of support – make a donation now to get your care package on board that shipment! Hurry!

Click here to donate now!


Please read this heartfelt and inspiring letter we recently received back from one of the sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Bear in mind the sailor is responding to our inquiry to confirm that we have the correct mailing address for them aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Move America Forward,That [address] is actually perfect! I’ve been in the Navy 2 years and 11 months. I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 10 years and before that Minnesota, Twin Cities. I was born in Thailand near a refugee camp where a lot of my race were seeking refuge from the Vietnam War. I don’t know much about my own [past] because I grew up in the US since I was 1, and became a naturalized citizen. Well thats a lot about me already, I hope to get to know you and your supporters soon as well.AN  [Redacted]  Yang
T. Roosevelt CVN71 UNIT
FPO AE  [Redacted] 
When we first reached out, we had no idea this particular sailor had such a unique and powerful personal story. Her family were refugees forced to flee their homes in the face of Communist death squads during the Vietnam war. Like so many at the time, she was taken in by the United States, a bastion of freedom for people escaping the violent Communist revolutionaries running rampant in the Indochina Peninsula at the time.How inspiring that she was lucky enough to grow up FREE in the USA, the greatest country in the world, and she now serves and protects that freedom in the US Navy.
You can help bring a morale boost to the sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt by making a donation today. We are preparing a shipment headed directly for the troops aboard this US Navy Aircraft Carrier!! Hurry and donate NOW to increase the size of this imminent shipment!!! These items are impossible to find overseas, so for the troops who receive them, it’s like a little piece of home.


CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

Coffee from Rogers Family Co.
Hot Apple Cider
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
Genuine Oreo Cookies
Gatorade
Painted Hill Beef Jerky
Planters Nuts/Trail Mix
Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels
Deodorant
Girl Scout Cookies
Lip Balm
Sunblock
John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs
“Support the Troops” Wristbands
Military OneSource Resource Packet
U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition
Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card
A Personal Note from YOU!

Volunteers Show Love for the Troops

Volunteers Show Love for the Troops


Yesterday a group of about 15 MAF volunteers worked hard to prepare over 500 more care packages for our troops on the front lines. It took hours for them to fill boxes up with coffee, cookies, candy and all the other great items that our troops will appreciate. Here are some great photos of our volunteers doing what they love and turning your donations into real support for the troops.

 


There are still over 15,000 American troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq and growing. You can help them by making a donation! We need more generous donors to sponsor these boxes so we can ship them off to Afghanistan and Iraq!

Click here to donate now!


These care packages truly make a huge difference to the troops who receive them.
Here are some photos and messages from troops
who just recently received care packages from MAF.

Unit Cmdr. Says Care Packs Were Like Christmas

As you can see from attached photo, we received 17 more care packages. I’m sorry we don’t have any photos of the opening of boxes (which felt a little like Christmas) but we had a terrible photographer. Oh, wait, it was me! Anyway, just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate folks thinking of us – there’s nothing like the comforts and tastes of home!

Best Regards,
Doreen
Task Force Shafafiyat

Army Wife and Mom Shares a Note with MAF

I am an Army Wife and Army Mom. My husband and my son are both currently serving in Afghanistan. The everyday struggle in keeping our family emotionally healthy & stable is a constant struggle. The boys appreciate everything they receive. It brightens up their day, and it reminds them they are appreciated and not forgotten.

Regards,
Mrs. Eaton

You can help bring a morale boost to even more troops by making a donation today. These items are nearly impossible to find overseas, so for the troops who receive them, it’s like a little piece of home.

CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

Coffee from Rogers Family Co.

Hot Apple Cider

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate

Genuine Oreo Cookies

Gatorade

Painted Hill Beef Jerky

Planters Nuts/Trail Mix

Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels

Deodorant

Girl Scout Cookies

Lip Balm

Sunblock

John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs

“Support the Troops” Wristbands

Military OneSource Resource Packet

U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition

Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card

A Personal Note from YOU!

ISIS Video Depicts Beheading of American President

Oh wow.

ISIS has just released a new propaganda video, a cartoon depiction of ISIS jihadists capturing and beheading President Barack Hussein Obama! The video is translated by MEMRI, a research organization that monitors and translates media from all over the Muslim world focusing on exposing propaganda that supports terrorist and anti-semitic ideology.

Hat tip goes to Pamela Geller for giving us a heads up. Go here to her blog for more commentary.

You have to wonder what ISIS has against Obama…I mean sure he has bombed them a little bit here and there, but not enough to hurt them and I guarantee it’s far less than the shock and awe they would have got if Bush was still president.

ISIS really ought to be grateful, they owe their very existence to President Obama. If he had not first, pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq and then chosen to stay completely out of the Syria civil war, ISIS would not even exist. Nor would they hold so much territory in Eastern Syria and huge parts of Iraq today.

MAF Connects to NFL Fans Deployed to Middle East

MAF Sends Extra-Special Gift to the Biggest 49ers Fan in Uniform

Earlier this year, Move America Forward sent an extra-special care package to a very dedicated football fan serving on the front lines. Inside this care package was a one-of-a-kind 49ers football and today we received confirmation that this timeless piece of pro-troop NFL memorabilia made it into the hands of this deserving troop!

 

Good Morning Sir/Ma’am!My friend and I here in the middle east sent you a request for a care package a few months back and I am emailing the pictures back to you of the wonderful gift I received!

I truly appreciate the care package that was sent.  It is organizations like yours that make this strenuous and stressful time away from family and loved ones a lot easier and I can’t thank you enough. Your gift will be cherished for generations.

Go NINERS!!!

Sincerely,

TSgt Shawn S.

F-16 EFS Munitions Specialist

We are very glad to help troops deployed overseas, especially with such an extra-special gift like this. But don’t forget there are still tens of thousands more troops still serving overseas and they need our help too!

 

 

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TO OUR TROOPS ON THE FRONT LINES!

 

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AND SHIP A BOX OF SUPPORT TO THE TROOPS ON YOUR BEHALF!

 

Congress Finally Asserts Authority Over Obama


“We have reached a bipartisan agreement that keeps the congressional review process absolutely intact, full of integrity,” – Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)

Great news coming out today, as Congress finally stood up to Obama and passed legislation which would require Obama to allow the Senate to review the full text of his proposed agreement with Iran, and also preventing Obama from promising sanction-relief to the Iranians until AFTER the requirements are met. It potentially opens the door for Congress to kill the deal altogether, by holding up sanction relief.

Here’s more:

Republican opponents of the nuclear agreement on the committee sided with Mr. Obama’s strongest Democratic supporters in demanding a congressional role as international negotiators work to turn this month’s nuclear framework into a final deal by June 30. The bill would mandate that the administration send the text of a final accord, along with classified material, to Congress as soon as it it completed. It also halts any lifting of sanctions during a congressional review and culminates in a possible vote to allow or forbid the lifting of congressionally imposed sanctions in exchange for the dismantling of much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. It passed 19 to 0.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/us/senators-reach-deal-on-iran-nuclear-talks.html

President Obama said he will likely sign the bill, which seems to be a surrender on his part. During his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to veto any legislation that might throw a wrench into his Iran negotiations, such as new sanctions. While this bill is not extra sanctions, it does hurt Obama by tying his hands on sanction relief.

The fact that Obama isn’t going to veto this bill, or even fight it, shows that maybe Obama has had enough of a PR beating over his Iran deal. Democrats and Republicans have joined forces to oppose Obama and stop him from simply giving away concessions to the Iranians.

We still don’t know how bad his final proposal with Iran might be, but at least now Congress will have the right to review that deal. It’s not a total defeat for Obama’s bad deal with Iran but it’s a step in the right direction.