Answer the Call & Join the MAF Heroes Wall!

Donate $100 or More and Be a Hero for Our Troops!
Time is running out to help our troops! We have set a goal to raise $15,000 to help three special units currently deployed who wrote directly to MAF and asked for our help and for us to send them supplies and care packages.

Today we’d like to take a minute to recognize and thank all those donors who have really stepped it up for the troops. We call them our MAF Heroes. These are generous individuals who made a donation of $100 or more to support our 831st Transportation Battalion and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

So far we have raised $7,024 towards our goal. That means we still have to raise $7,976 and we are running out of time! Click here if you want to donate right now!

 

Join Our MAF Heroes Wall!

Don’t forget that we now have over 15,000 troops deployed over Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan our mission to train the Afghan national police and army continues.

The Taliban is still a huge threat and our troops have to safeguard all the progress they have made over the years to ensure that power does not slip back into the wrong hands as we are transitioning out of there. In Iraq our troops are quickly training and supplying the Iraqi army which is still ill-equipped to fight ISIS.

We can’t let any of our troops feel forgotten. We know from the letters we receive back that sometimes a package from Move America Forward is the only piece some troops get in a whole 6-9 month deployment. We don’t want to let any of our troops feel lonely for forgotten, so please help if you can. It only costs $24.99 to sponsor a small pack.

Every little bit helps.

And if you simply cannot afford even a small pack donation, you can still help out by forwarding this email to your friends and family and spreading the word about our troops in need!Forward to a friend, like us on facebook, tweet @m_a_f and do whatever you can to get the word out!

 

Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks to Congress 2015

In his opening statements, President Netanyahu went out of his way to thank Obama for bit of aid rendered by the US to Israel, saying he is grateful to President Obama for the support and saying that the relationship between Israel and the US has always been strong and above left/right politics.

If that’s so then why did 55 Democrat Members boycott the speech, and why have so many of the President’s surrogates made openly hostile statements ahead of Netanyahu’s speech, accusing Israel of meddling in our foreign affairs and sabotaging the peace process.

I think Bibi was trying to be as gracious as possible, but the clear subtext is that more and more, support for Israel has become a fractious and galvanizing issue in party politics.  Polls show that favorability polls about Netanyahu show stark trends along party lines, with Republicans overwhelmingly supporting Bibi while Democrats are only about 50/50.  But don’t be so quick to say it’s just about Netanyahu. Among liberals, support for Israel has been evaporating as well.

President Obama reacted to Netanyahu’s speech saying he “On the core issue…the Prime Minister [Netanyahu] didn’t offer any viable alternatives.”

Obama claimed that Iran has ALREADY opened themselves up to new and more comprehensive inspections than at any other time in history.

However this flies in the face of the facts since just YESTERDAY the International Atomic Energy Agency (basically, the UN inspectors) posted a video where Director General Yukiya Amano said “however, the agency is not in a position to provide credible evidence about the absences of undeclared nuclear material & activities and therefore to conclude that all nuclear activity in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

They’re unequivocally stating that there is still no proof that Iran has curtailed any of their pursuit of a nuclear bomb. There are still many issues where Iran is hiding information or not providing information that the agency has requested and the IAEA has no evidence or references to inspections ever actually taking place, simply that Iran submitted information claiming their compliance.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was saying “Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” Mr. Zarif was quoted as saying. “It is clear that Obama’s comments are meant to win the U.S. public opinion and counter the propaganda campaign by the Israeli prime minister.”

This tells us that Iran anticipates that the final deal will be EVEN MORE favorable to their despotic regime of terror than the flimsy bad deal that Obama has been trying to sell us lately. With such a wide gulf between both sides of these negotiations, there probably never will be any deal at all.

These are all issues that should have been resolved a year ago, and still President Obama is asking for more time, saying “the plan” that he’s coming with is going to be so good. The plan is already a year overdue and with Iran’s estimated “breakout time” to develop a bomb being about a year, how is Obama so sure that Iran won’t be able to have a bomb ready by the time his negotiations finally reach a conclusion, or if not very shortly afterward.

Next year we might see Obama triumphantly hailing this new accord with Iran, finally the deal he had been promising, and then a month later Iran will unveil their new Nuclear ICBMs and say ‘surprise! bet you didn’t see that one coming’

That’s all assuming that Iran hides their development of the bomb, but as Netanyahu outlined, the” deal” that John Kerry and Barack Obama have been vaguely referring to has been alleged to contain sunsets on all the restrictions, meaning that after they expire in 10 years Iran will, in theory, be free to openly make the bomb

Bibi also brought up the underlying point that in the opinion of Move America Forward, needs to be the main issue here. President Obama is negotiating with Iran to prevent nuclear aggression, but at the same time Iran is already displaying lots of conventional aggression all over the Middle East.  In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, Iran’s influence and material support is fueling all the various bad actors who are making the Middle East boil over with violence.

Netanyahu said it plainly and authoritatively what these talks MUST produce, which Obama has made no effort to negotiate thus far, and that, “insist restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program [will] not be lifted as long as Iran continues it’s aggression in the region and in the world.”

Netanyahu suggested three demands, which the United States should carry to Iran.

First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East.
Second, stop funding terrorist groups around the world.
Third, stop threatening to annihilate Israel. Recognize Israel as legitimate state.

In our view this was the most important thing Netanyahu stated in his whole speech. Why are we trying to cut a deal with Iran when we know they are making all these efforts to undermine and hurt the United States elsewhere? How can we trust Iran when we know that every handshake in friendship comes with four attempts to stab us in the back?

These troops asked that we send them supplies and help

Time is running out, we need to step it up!

Time is running out to help our troops! We have set a goal to raise $15,000 to help three special units currently deployed who wrote directly to MAF and asked for our help and for us to send them supplies and care packages.

So far we have raised $5,124 towards our goal, so we still have a long way to go and we are running out of time! Click here if you want to donate right now!

Don’t forget that we now have over 15,000 troops deployed over Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan our mission to train the Afghan national police and army continues.

The Taliban is still a huge threat and our troops have to safeguard all the progress they have made over the years to ensure that power does not slip back into the wrong hands as we are transitioning out of there. In Iraq our troops are quickly training and supplying the Iraqi army which is still ill-equipped to fight ISIS.

Imagine being thousands of miles away from your family and friends, in a foreign country You are fighting an elusive and deadly enemy, Islamic terrorists, but your mission goals seem confused and your Commander-in-Chief refuses to even give your enemy a name. Unlike previous years where the war dominated the headlines, the news reporters seldom, if ever, talk about you anymore. You may feel as if you’ve been asked to serve your Nation, but just as quickly been forgotten in a dark and lonely corner of the world.

We can’t let any of our troops feel this way. We know from the letters we receive back that sometimes a package from Move America Forward is the only piece some troops get in a whole 6-9 month deployment. We don’t want to let any of our troops feel lonely for forgotten, so please help if you can. It only costs $24.99 to sponsor a small pack.

Every little bit helps.

And if you simply cannot afford even a small pack donation, you can still help out by forwarding this email to your friends and family and spreading the word about our troops in need!Forward to a friend, like us on facebook, tweet @m_a_f and do whatever you can to get the word out!

Andrew Breitbart’s Enduring Influence

Andrew Breitbart was our friend, our colleague, and a leader in supporting America’s troops. All of us here at Move America Forward are forever grateful for Andrew’s friendship and participation in so many MAF projects, especially the Troopathon. His appreciation for the sacrifices made by the troops for our freedoms ran deep in his veins.

On March 1st 2012, we were shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Andrew had passed away. Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out to his wife, his four children, and the rest of his family. May he continue to rest in peace with God in Heaven. 

Today we remember and celebrate his life and efforts.

When we started Troopathon (our annual campaign to raise money for care packages for the troops), Andrew was instantly on board.  He co-anchored each Troopathon with great gusto, bringing along some of his Hollywood friends and media connections.  His generosity and selflessness was well known among his friends and close associates and was on full display for Troopathon.

Whether it was riding his roller blades across the set while we were live, offering to let Alec Baldwin punch him is the face as long as he made a donation, or even going as far as to put on a tie (something he rarely did), he was fully dedicated to raising as much money as possible to this worthy cause.

From 2008-2011 Andrew helped support this amazing effort to send care packages to our troops overseas. He was instrumental in making it a success and co-hosted the event in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was scheduled to co-host again in 2012 before he was suddenly taken from us. 

Andrew Breitbart on Troopathon Throughout the Years

 It means the world to our troops to have a public expression of support for them and their mission. We never, ever want another Vietnam Syndrome to affect the United States when our troops went unappreciated and even scorned by some for their service to our country. Andrew was never afraid to say that he supported the troops or their missions overseas, and he fought for them tirelessly.

Three years later, we still miss Andrew terribly, and it’s safe to say nobody can fill the enormous shoes he left behind. Andrew made an indelible mark on the conservative movement and we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have known and worked with him. Today, MAF continues supporting our troops and their missions because we know Andrew would told us: “Never give up! Never surrender! Always stand strong in support of our troops!”

Obama’s Taliban Prisoner Swap Cost American Lives

HEADLINE: “Kayla Mueller’s Brother: Swap With Taliban Raised IS Demands”

You may already recognize the name Kayla Mueller. She was an American civilian working for a humanitarian aid group in the Middle East, and was kidnapped by ISIS in August of 2013. She was held as a prisoner for ransom before being brutally murdered by her kidnappers on February 6th, as best we know from intelligence sources and conflicting claims made by ISIS.

Now her family has come forward revealing that the ISIS kidnapper’s demands were affected by President Obama’s prisoner swap with the Taliban, wherein Obama released FIVE GITMO detainees and in exchange got back Bowe Bergdahl and American soldier who deserted his post and was subsequently captured by the Taliban. According to Kayla’s family, the ISIS captors raised their demands when they saw that they could get more, like the Taliban got when Obama traded with them.

The militants increased their demands after the May swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Eric Mueller told NBC’s “Today” in an interview that aired Monday.

“That made the whole situation worse because that’s when the demands got greater,” he said. “They got larger. They realized that they had something.”

This disturbing revelation underscores the simple fact that MAF stated when we heard about Obama’s surprise prisoner exchange that he did not even inform Congress of. The US should not negotiate with terrorists and these deals do more harm than good by giving these terrorists a reason to target Westerners for more kidnappings and ransoms.

In the end Obama gave up five dangerous terrorists who are now back on the battlefield, and he made things even worse for poor Kayla Mueller and her family. This is the same reason why we urged the Syrians not to negotiate with ISIS for the return of their captured jet pilot. He too, was executed by ISIS.

The lesson is clear. There is only one way to deal with these murderous Islamic terrorists – armed force.

We Need to Pick Up the Pace!

ANSWER THE CALL CAMPAIGN

Patriots,, it has been four days since we started our Answer the Call Campaign to assist three units in Afghanistan and Iraq who need our help. After these four days, we have raised only $2,496 towards our ambitious goal of $15,000.

Remember that there are now almost 15,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, so there are still many, many troops on the front lines who need your help!

The first of the three units we’re sending this shipment to is the 831st Transportation Battalion. These fine men and women are deployed throughout Afghanistan and they’ve still got many months to go before their deployment is over. See here the letter we received back from them regarding their tour of duty.

The 831st is responsible for transporting equipment, supplies, ammunition, and anything else our troops need whenever they’re deployed anywhere in the world. They are the backbone of the U.S. Army’s supply chain.

These troops need our help! They are flying and trucking supplies into some of the most dangerous places and we’ve got to keep them going because many more troops depend on the supplied brought by the 831st!


Sincerely,
Scott Raab
USN OEF/OIF
Outreach Director | Move America Forward

P.S.: We will be announcing our 2nd unit tomorrow so watch your e-mail for the important news!

Is Obama Admin Caving on Iran?

Iran has been in the news lately with Secretary John Kerry firing a shot across the bow of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Anyone running around right now, jumping to say we don’t like the deal, or this or that, doesn’t know what the deal is. There is no deal yet.”

This is just the latest in months after months where we’ve been seeing Obama’s diplomacy with Israel erode to the point where Obama’s administration at this point seems openly hostile to Israel and its leaders. Last year a State Department Official told Jeff Goldberg that Netanyahu was a “chicken[expletive]”. Then Obama was incensed when Speaker Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Now Kerry is shooting thinly-veiled barbs at the leader of Israel, our strongest ally against terrorists…well at least they were before Obama’s administration.

Obviously Obama’s handling of Iran is the huge wedge issue that’s driving Israel and the United States apart. Israel is being kept out of the negotiations despite the fact that they are the number one target that Iran wants to destroy. But Netanyahu isn’t being silent about this dissatisfaction with this process and that’s why Obama is using his surrogates to try to tell Bibi to butt out.

Yet it’s understandable that Israel should be worried if they’re being asked to hand their security over to Obama to negotiate for them, especially with the record. John Kerry said,“Since 2013 we have been testing whether or not we can achieve that goal diplomatically. I don’t know yet. But it’s the most effective way to solve the problem and we will prove that over the course of these next weeks and months.”

This characterization that we’ve ‘come so far’ from where we started is so far from the truth it’s a wonder Kerry wasn’t laughed out the congressional hearing where he said that. Ever since this process started, Obama has done nothing but give appeasements to the Iranians, and making silly promises about results. We ended most of our economic sanctions against Iran and Obama used his State of the Union Address to talk tough against Republicans, where Obama beat his chest and said if Congress passed any sanctions on Iran he would veto them.

On the other hand, what has Iran done for us?  Last year we were supposed to have a plan hammered out within 6 months, and Obama promised consequences if the Iranians did not cooperate. Those six months passed with no results, but did Obama crack down? No , he’s doubled down on his commitment to protect Iran from the Republicans and the Israelis without actually showing anything tangible that indicates Iran has slowed its Nuclear weapons program.

The expected plan, which could be coming in the next few months – although more likely to be a year considering Obama’s six month timetable turned into a year and six months. The AP report from yesterday vaguely outlined an idea that the plan might initially limit the number of Iran’s centrifuges but allow that to ramp up over the 20150224_qudscourse of 10 or 15 years depending on Iran’s “good behavior” but that doesn’t address a number of other issues like what type of uranium they will be allowed to enrich and how much access inspectors will have to the facilities.

And I must also throw in that if Iran is truly negotiating in good faith, for the sake of peace, then why can’t these negotiations also be contingent on Iran ending it’s support for terrorist front group likes Hezbollah, interference in Syria, their meddling in Iraqi internal politics, and much more.

 

Here is some great selected reading that contributed to my thoughts for this blog post.

Ben Shapiro, Breitbart: “Obama Deal to Let Iran Go Nuclear”http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/23/obama-deal-to-let-iran-go-nuclear/

Thomas Joscelyn, The Weekly Standard: “Doomed Diplomacy”http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/doomed-diplomacy_859655.html

Klapper & Jahn, Associated Press: “Phased Iran-US nuclear deal taking shape” – http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268777/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=OI568fJe

Staff, Jerusalem Post: “Kerry in apparent jab at Netanyahu”http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Kerry-in-apparent-jab-at-Netanyahu-Those-bad-mouthing-Iran-deal-dont-know-what-deal-is-392066

Thank you for reading and supporting Move America Forward!

Maf Blogger Danny
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Answer the Call – Three Units Need Our Help

We’ve Set An Ambitious Goal – We Need All Hands on Deck!

We are constantly getting requests for care packages and signups through our website, but every so often we run across a specific unit serving overseas that has unique hardship or set of circumstances which we need to respond to with extra support – in the last few weeks we’ve had several such opportunities open up for units serving in Afghanistan on the front lines.

There are almost 15,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and Iraq with a fair chance that even more may be deployed. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 to help these and more units who need our support in the face of adversity and struggle – Will You Answer the Call?

So far we’ve raised about $1,525 so we have a long way to go, but we are confident that with your help we can reach our goal in a few weeks!

We are so lucky at Move America Forward to have supporters like you who make it possible for us to help so many troops who risk their lives for our safety and freedom. We pride ourselves on shipping the very best quality products and supplies that our troops need.

There are almost 15,000 men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Show them your support! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops right now!



We will reveal all three special units in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! The first of the three units we need to help is the 831st Transportation Battalion.

Here is the logo of the SDDC, a white-silver spear on a green field. This logo is shared by the 831st Transportation Battalion with all the units that fall under the umbrella of the Army’s SDDC or Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. The green and white tip of the spear logo is displayed prominently on all unit patches and in this photo from a re-enlistment ceremony hosted by the 831st Transportation Battalion.

 

The 831st is responsible for transporting equipment, supplies, ammunition, and anything else our troops need whenever they’re deployed anywhere in the world. They are the backbone of the U.S. Army’s supply chain.

This unit is divided into several detachments that operate from airbases all throughout the toughest most dangerous parts of Afghanistan including Bagram, Leatherneck, Mazar-E-Sharif and Kandahar.

These troops need our help! They are flying and trucking supplies into some of the most dangerous places and we’ve got to keep them going because many more troops depend on the supplied brought by the 831st!


February Monthly Newsletter 2015



Chris Kyle April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013 

Debbie Remembers
Chris Kyle

Two years have passed since that dreadful day I was told the awful news and a nation mourned as we learned Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history had been murdered in Texas. The release of the movie based on his experiences in Iraq,  American  Sniper starring Bradley Cooper as Chris has brought back many poignant memories for me. Bradley looks and acts so much like Chris in so many ways that it was somewhat unsettling to watch his portrayal on film.

Chris had become just like a son to me, after my son Marc’s death. Chris was actually with Marc when he died and another piece of my heart was sliced away when I received the call that Chris was gone. lt’s a good thing God gave me a big heart.

I picked up my copy of American Sniper that Chris gave to me to find some of his quotes to use in this article, as I opened the book I re-read his note that he signed to me and I would like to share his words with you.


Our world is blessed to have so many selfless brave warriors. I now have two men in whose memories I carry on to honor them. Marc’s last letter home challenged us to do more random acts of kindness, “pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life.” Chris’ motto was “to serve those who served us.”

We can follow their example, honoring and remembering them by combining their two mottos and doing random acts of kindness for our troops and the families of the fallen as our act of service.

Marc and Chris we’ve got your watch and are carrying on as you would have us to. You are deeply loved and deeply missed!

Forever Grateful,
Debbie Lee

We Love our Troops!

Take time to share your love with one of our thousands of deployed troops this Valentine’s Day. To make our Valentine’s package even more special MAF will include yummy and fun Valentine’s candy conversation hearts and extra special home-made Valentine’s cards provided by some caring school children and church groups from all over the country.

Of course, our troop support packages will include all our regular great treats like Oreo cookies, premium beef jerky, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Rogers Family Company premium coffee and  HOO-AHHS field towels and much more. Everyone loves to get a reminder on Valentine’s Day that they are loved and part of a bigger family. Let’s take the time to give some of that love to our troops!

It’s easy to do and our Valentine’s packages start at a super affordable $24.99

Monthly Smiles Club Needs You!

Set up to schedule a monthly troop support package now and we will remember to send a package out through our Monthly Smiles Club for you each month. Our Monthly Smiles Club provides an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long! Simply provide us with your monthly budget, and a little information from you and we will contact you directly to go over your request. That’s all there is to it. Then you’ll know each month you’ve put a smile on a soldier’s face. Our Director of Troop Support, Lisa Baron personally oversees our Monthly Smiles program and she will make sure that your monthly package contains a personal message from you to the troops with every package we ship out on your behalf.

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. Plus Monthly Smiles donations are always 100% tax deductible!

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

“Mail is such an awesome feeling.”

Registering a Soldier is Easy

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

Tweets for Troops

 

MAF is Proud to Honor Sgt. Morris and Spc. Martin


Sgt. Ramon Morris, 37


Spc Wyatt Martin, 22

 

Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Morris and Spc. Wyatt Martin were killed while serving in support of Operation Enduring on December 12, 2014 in the Parwan Province of Afganistan near Kabul when the vehicle they were riding in was ambushed in a deadly roadside attack killing Morris, 37 of New York and Spc. Wyatt Martin 22 of Mesa, Arizona. Both soldiers were combat engineers assigned to the 2nd squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division deployed out of Fort Hood, Texas.

Sgt. Morris was on his fifth deployment, according to the Defense Department.

Morris, whose home of record is listed as New York City enlisted in the Army in February 1996.

Morris’ deployments include a one year assignment in Korea as well as four deployments between 2002 and 2009 to Iraq and his final tour in Afghanistan where he was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June to December this year.

Morris was a highly decorated hero with awards including a Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medals, Afghan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicle.

Morris was laid to rest in New York and leaves behind a fiancé and 3-year old daughter, Ariana.

Spc. Martin was serving his first deployment. He served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June to December 2014, according to a Pentagon report.

Martin’s awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Spc. Martin was a graduated of Skyline High School in Mesa, Arizona and had planned on attending Michigan State University upon completion of his service with the hopes of becoming a fish and game officer. Spc. Martin is survived by his parents Brian and Julie, as well as sisters Katie and Beth, Martin was laid to rest on Christmas Eve in his hometown of Mesa, Arizona.

The death of these two brave soldiers is a stark reminder that our troops are still serving and risking their lives in service to our nation.

 

 

Did You Know…?

February 1, 1861 - Following a state convention vote, Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union. Texas governor Sam Houston, a strong supporter of the Union objected but the vote passed 166-8 in favor of secession.


February 3rd, 1943  – During WWII, the troop ship USAT Dorchester was torpedoed in the north Atlantic on its way to Greenland with 900 souls aboard. In the chaos of the explosion, which knocked out all electric power and lighting on the Dorchester, the Four Chaplains acted to calm the troops and pass out life vests as the Dorchester began sinking. When they ran out of life vests for the troops, each of the Four Chaplains, knowing death was certain, took off his life vest and put it on a soldier without one.


February 9, 1943
U.S. troops captured Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands after six months of brutal fighting during WWII in the Pacific.

February 15, 1898U.S. Battleship Maine explodes at anchor in Havana, Cuba and quickly sinks resulting in 260 crew casualties. The incident leads to a declaration of war against Spain on April 25, 1898, amid cries of “Remember the Maine!”


February 23, 1836
- The battle of the Alamo begins with Mexican troops estimated in the thousands under General Santa Anna laying siege to the Alamo leading to a 13-day blood battle against the vastly outnumbered Texans with troops numbering only about 200 men. Casualties included pioneer legends Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie.

February 27, 1950The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of ten years in office.


Your Valentine’s Day Compared to the Troops

DON’T FORGET – VALENTINE’S DAY 5 DAYS AWAY!
LAST CHANCE TO SEND SUPPORT TO TROOPS IN NEED!


While you plan a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day, our troops
are on patrol and serving their country just like any other day!


Valentine’s Day is this Saturday and many couples are thinking about last minute preparations for this special occasion. But it’s even more important to remember our troops serving in Afghanistan and send them a care package. While people back home are trying to plan how to spend Valentine’s Day with their loved ones, getting gifts, signing cards, or making dinner reservations, our troops deployed in the Middle East are checking their equipment, preparing for watch, and going on patrol. It’s a sacrifice they are willing to make for all of us in order to keep America safe!

As you are doing your holiday planning today, think about what our troops are up to:


Calling to make dinner reservations at that exclusive restaurant?
Our troops are calling in positions of Taliban fighters.


Giving your sweetheart some Valentine’s chocolates?
Give the troops Sweethearts candy, V-Day chocolate and cards in every box!


This Valentine’s Day show the troops you care
and send them a personal note from you, along with much needed supplies and boxes of Valentine’s candy.
Don’t let our troops in Afghanistan or Iraq be forgotten, sponsor a care package now. CLICK HERE TO SEND SUPPORT!



Sharing a drink with friends and loved ones?
Our troops struggle to stay hydrated in the harsh climate!


Renting a limo so you can ride in style?
Our troops dodge IED’s every day in their HMMWVs.


Looking forward to a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant?
Our troops make due with MRE’s unless they are lucky enough
to get a care package sponsored by someone like YOU!

SCHOOL KIDS WRITE VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS FOR THE TROOPS
“THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING AND MAKING THE WORLD FREE”


Move America Forward has reached out to local area schools to help them connect with troops in Afghanistan. We’re including some Valentine’s Day cards prepared by kids from grades 1-6 who wanted to say “It is an honor to be writing a letter to a soldier. You are a hero to the USA.”

Here are some MORE examples of Valentine’s Day cards we’ve collected from the kids!


Help us get these cute Valentine’s Day cards over to the troops in Afghanistan! They are as uplifting as they are adorable, and the troops need to see them!

You can send them some love with your personal message attached to a care package full of things that they want. Valentine’s Day may be a day for loved ones, couples and family, but no matter what day of the year it is, no one deserves our respect and support more than our troops.