May Monthly Newsletter 2016

Motel 6 Leaves Light on for U.S. Military on Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving by Supporting Move America Forward Care Package Program

Combat deployed U.S. Troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be enjoying care packages and donated items from a regional effort by Sacramento area Motel 6 Hotels that supported non-profit organization Move America Forward’s Troop and K9 Care Package Program. All Sacramento region Motel 6 locations brought donated care packages items and supplies collected at their individual locations and spent the National Big Day of Giving volunteering at the Move America Forward Operation Center assembling Military Care Packages for U.S. Military serving in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Tony Meredith, manager of Motel 6’s Rancho Cordova property said “Motel 6 wanted to do this as a way for us to give back and really work together with our community and give something to the troops that have been deployed. Today we’re making the packages, there’s items in there that range from socks to jerky, deodorant, sunflower seeds, certain things that they may not be able to get overseas.”

Binny Tailor, manager of Motel 6’s Woodland property, said that volunteering for the troops is a personal mission. “My brother is a veteran.” She also highlighted Motel 6’s commitment to serving the troops when they come home from war. “We have an initiative we started a few years back called Operation Nextstep. When we’re bringing our troops back home, we’re offering employment to troops themselves or for their family members. So it’s an opportunity to give back to the community and to the troops for the service they provided to us.” said Tailor.

The donations from Motel 6 will go toward sending care packages to about 400 troops deployed in Afghanistan, many of who might otherwise receive nothing while deployed. There are over 13,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and although President Obama’s administration planned to bring thousands of troops home, that plan was recently revised due to worsening attacks by Taliban forces, so at least 12,000 troops will remain through 2017.

“I know that the work we’re doing here today, even if it just makes one day brighter [for the troops] while they’re over there, our job is done.” said Meredith. “It’s definitely something we look forward to” he said, of the motel chain’s future plans to continue supporting the troops with Move America Forward. “We truly appreciate their service.”


MAF Joins in National Big Day of Giving

Move America Forward participated in the National Big Day of Giving, a day where nonprofits around the country join together and compete to raise money for many inspiring causes.

Unfortunately, the organization that coordinates the National Big Day of Giving had a major technical problem during the day which prohibited Move America Forward from taking donations almost all day.

Because of this technical meltdown we started the day in almost dead last on the leader board.

But, thanks to an extension and our supporters motivated by their unwavering support and love for our military men and women, we have raised $4,764 and were able to climb up the leader board in the top half of charities in our region and had the opportunity to qualify for matching funds.

More importantly, every dollar you donated goes directly towards sponsoring care packages for our brave troops.

The Big Day of Giving organizers offer charities like MAF hundreds of opportunities for bonus prizes and matching funds – but only if we reach certain fundraising goals. With your generous support, we can get substantially more in prize money for the troops! Please help us!

Watch your emails for Details on our Annual Troopathon 9 Live Event!

We’ve been busy at our headquarters making plans for our biggest event of the year! Our annual Troopathon coming this summer! We will share the date once we have confirmed. Please join us as we broadcast live over the internet 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 9 Live will kicked off with returning super hosts Melanie Morgan and Rita Cosby 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, Bob 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, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter now. And as always, thank you for standing behind our troops and offering them the support they deserve!

Real Superheroes Don’t Wear Capes!

Our troops wear many hats: defender of our nation; loyal servant; proud patriot; weary soldier; and for many, MOM! Our soldiers are the REAL Superheroes! And since it’s May we wanted to give special recognition to all our warrior mothers.

Deployed moms celebrating Mother’s Day this May have 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!

We want to make sure these super-moms will have a package in hand to remind them how much they are appreciated! You will even be able to include your own heart-felt message of support!

Our military Moms know the meaning of SACRIFICE better than anyone, so join us thanking them during May for Mother’s Day!

For an added bonus, Move America Forward has partnered with in their Amazon Smile Non-Profit Program, where Amazon donates a portion of whatever you order to MAF so we can send even more support packages to our troops!

How does Amazon Smile Work?

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

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

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

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

Some Gave All: Memorial Day!
Fly your Flag to Honor those who have died in service to our country!

Monday, May 30, 2016 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.


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Does it Really Matter to the Troops if I Send a Package?
Don’t take our word for it… here’s what real troops have to say…

“There’s no betting feeling in the world that knowing people from all over the US are supporting the troops” — Jake W. — Army

“Care packages are something to look forward to when we are over here, it is really nice to receive a piece of home in every box.” — Jason H. — USAF

“To receive a care package would be a huge blessing. It would remind me that even though life is continuing, I’m not forgotten. Someone out there is thinking of me and my fellow deployed guys.” — Joshua J — USAF

“It is a great relief whenever you are non stop on the go while your out in the dessert. it gives you piece of mind and also gives you the ability to appreciate the little things. it is a great feeling honestly.” — Scot J. — USMC

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 Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.

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MAF Awarded as Top-Rated Nonprofit




CONGRATS! You’ve won a spot on the 2016 Top-Rated List!



Congratulations! Move America Forward has earned a spot on the 2016 Top Rated List! Your community has shared their inspiring stories about your work. We congratulate you on all of your accomplishments. 

You’ll be featured on our site, our 2016 Top-Rated List, and distributed to media and corporate foundations. The official 2016 Top-Rated List will be announced after October 31.

Be sure to use your new Top-Rated badge and share the good news.  Keep up the good work!



General: More troops may be head to Iraq; Obama to decide

Don’t let yourself be distracted by the media’s obsession with the horse race of Presidential Election politics, we still have the pressing threat of ISIS and our troops fighting them in Iraq!

Recently it was revealed that we already have more troops in Iraq than we previously thought. With 5,000 troops currently in Iraq, far more than the official total of 3,870.

Now there is speculation that even more troops could soon be headed to Iraq to shore up our forces there, and expanding our role in the fight against ISIS, officials said the next big objective is to retake the critical Iraqi city of Mosul.


Obama could decide on greater troop presence in Iraq soon: general
Reuters March 30, 2015
By Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON D.C. – The extra troops would bolster the capabilities of Iraqi forces preparing for a major offensive against the Islamic State militant group in Mosul, U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news briefing.U.S. and Iraqi military officials have been discussing a plan to retake Mosul, which fell to Islamic State in June 2014, and how U.S. forces could support their efforts, Dunford said.

“Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks,” Dunford said. “I brought it to the secretary (Defense Secretary Ash Carter). The secretary will engage with the president.”

Don’t forget about our troops on the front lines! With 15,000 troops over in Iraq & Afghanistan, with more on the way, it’s just as important as ever to continue supporting our troops!

Happy Easter from Move America Forward

HE IS RISEN – Happy Easter from Move America Forward

Hey, all of us here at Move America Forward want to wish you a happy Easter and we hope you also join us in wishing our troops all around the world a blessed and joyous Easter Sunday. Let us remember that we have so much to be thankful for including each of our brave Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines. We are thankful to each one of them for the service and sacrifice they give for us and everyone in America.

We still have over 15,000 troops serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the front lines of the War on Terror. They’re out there away from their families on 6, 9, or even 12 month deployments. Can you imagine how difficult it must be to miss your family on Easter? Here is an excerpt from Chaplain Archbishop Broglio, in his Easter Message for the Troops.

Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the  Military Services, USA
Easter Message – March 27, 2016

“Divine Mercy has its most profound expression in the Father’s love who saw our human sinful condition and, moved with pity, determined that He would save us. However, no ordinary instrument of clemency could achieve the results. Salvation is not within our grasp. It is not a prize to be earned or a promotion to be received. Rather it is a completely gratuitous gift showered upon us by a merciful Father. There is no greater love than this: that one give up his life for his friends…

“On behalf of my Auxiliary Bishops, the priests, and staff of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, I wish you every good blessing in the Easter Season whether you are deployed or not, in a medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a retiree frequenting an installation chapel. May the Risen Lord fill your hearts with serenity and the peace which only He can give.”

Click here to see more of the Archbishop’s Easter Message

Send a message of support with a care package to our troops this Easter. A care package from home is one of the most powerful expressions of love and support. If you have not donated yet, please consider making one today. If you have already donated or are unable to contribute, you can still help by spreading our message to your friends and family or spreading the word on social media.


So far we have raised $15,500 towards our goal of $20,000! Although we are close, tomorrow is the LAST DAY for our Easter campaign.
Time is almost out to help our troops! We have set a goal to raise $20,000 by the end of Easter Sunday to help currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan who need our help with supplies and care packages on this important holiday.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 troops for Easter.


During this time, let us remember our brave men and women who are overseas defending the rights and liberties we so enjoy. Please continue to pray for our troops who are risking their lives every day.

During one of the most important religious holidays of the year our troops miss their families at home, so it’s extremely important to let our troops know that they have our support!

For Easter, we’re including the classic Marshmallow Peeps Bunnies in each Easter care package! Click here to donate now!

If you have already donated, THANK YOU. If you have not yet sponsored an Easter Care Package, please consider it! You can make a donation for as low as $24.99. If you simply can’t afford to make a donation, you can still help by spreading the word to other troop supporters.

You can help by telling your friends and family about these care packages.
1. FORWARD this email to at least 5 friends of family members.
2. TWEET about Easter Care Packages for the troops on Twitter.
3. SHARE this e-mail on Facebook and LIKE Move America Forward’s page!

We humbly ask that you join us in praying for all the victims of terror attacks in Belgium and around the world as well as for our troops, that God will watch over them and protect them on their difficult deployments in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Introducing Easter Care Packages


With Easter on its way, we must remind our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq that we still remember why they are there and everything they are doing for our nation!

Look at the latest headlines – there is no coverage in the media about the continuing fight in Afghanistan, even though we still have almost 10,000 troops serving there! We also have over 3,000 troops in Iraq preparing the Iraqis to confront ISIS.

The upcoming Easter holiday means that spring will be upon us soon. Every year in Afghanistan, the “down-season” of winter ends and the warming spring season melts away the snow of the Afghan mountain ranges.

When spring and summer arrive, the Taliban come out of their caves and renew their attacks. Our troops will face more frequent and more aggressive attacks from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. We can’t let our brave military men and women be forgotten!

To help our troops this important Easter holiday we’ve made Easter Care Packages for the Troops available for you to sponsor. Give our troops some much deserved support and offer a message of gratitude. Click here to donate now!


Don’t Forget! We’re On the Lookout for Troops!

Soldier Registration is easy! If you have the address of someone on active military duty, such as a spouse, child or sibling, you can click here for our Soldier Sign Up to register each one with the program.

You can also copy this link:

and e-mail it to them so they can register themselves. Once registered, they will be eligible to receive a package and messages of support from caring fellow Americans.

WTOL: Volunteers in CA Send Care Packages Overseas


Volunteers in Sacramento are having a huge packing party today to give packages to troops worldwide.

Move America Forward just finished a campaign to raise money in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Now they have to get their goods overseas.

For 5 hours, volunteers are packing up care packages and preparing them for the post office to deliver.

These packages include everything from Girl Scout cookies and gourmet coffee to toothbrushes and toothpaste. They also include messages of support from donors thanking troops for their service.

MAF’s next project will kick off their Easter push, helping troops during the holiday.

Find out how you can get involved.

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Peeps for Troops are Back for Easter!

For a limited time only, Move America Forward is proud to offer squishy, sugary Peeps in our seasonal Easter Troop Care Packages!

We know our troops miss family time and all the wonderful traditions we at home often take for granted like Easter egg hunts and baskets full of goodies.

Easter is full of traditions and one tradition MAF like to carry on is our commitment to making sure our seasonal Easter packages for our troops contain Peeps in addition to items soldiers crave like, Rogers Family gourmet coffee, Oreo cookies, Gatorade,and more offerings to remind our troops that home isn’t really that far away after all.  
Easter is Sunday, March 27!

Nothing lifts a lonely soldier’s spirits like a letter from home, when you send an Easter package through Move America Forward’s Care Package Program, your personal support message is included with our treats.

Most of our deployed soldiers are used to spending holidays away from loved ones but let’s make sure they know we are thinking about them and sending our love today. Peeps are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to include this iconic Easter classic in your troop support package.


Will You Answer the Call?
With Easter around the corner we want to highlight our support effort for the members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit also known as “The Fighting Thirteenth” which is deploying for about 7 months, accompanied by the USS Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group. This fleet is ready for combat operations in the Middle East and includes helicopter squadrons and other combat logistics equipment.Please take a moment to read this touching note highlighting the importance of support to our deployed troops.

Troops Feel the Love with Valentine’s Cards from Caring School & Church Groups!

As Valentine’s Day drew near Move America Forward once again reached out to some of the loving school and church groups we have grown to depend on over the past several years to help us with one of our soldier’s most cherished packages, those containing homemade cards full of love.  Schools both local to the Sacramento area and across the country worked hard making adorable home-made Valentine’s Day Cards to be included in our troop support packages.

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School here in Sacrament once again delivered in a big way with beautiful hand crafted cards sure to bring a grin to a homesick troops, as in the past, Presentation worked hard and Carrie Donohue coordinated everything seamlessly on her end to make sure their school would be well represented and in no time at all we had beautiful cards from the students at Presentation to include in our troop care packages.

Jean Klark coordinated the efforts of a variety of youth groups and families for Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter, Michigan to create beautiful Valentine’s cards they generously donated to our project.  We can always count on their help with lifting the spirits of our troops.

Rannae Hansen of Greenwood Elementary in Toledo, Ohio and her 3rd grade class participated once again this year and according to Mrs. Hansen, “The students really enjoy the opportunity to make these cards for the troops, they really put their hearts into this project.”

And as always we were able to count on the great students and staff at Capital Christian School in Sacramento with the help of our great contact Katie Nelson to contribute adorable homemade cards for the troops.  Thanks Cougars!   We loved your cards!

And thank you to Victory Christian School in Carmichael, CA and Dora Marques for your support in this project.

We love doing this coordinated effort with the schools, it allows people of all ages to reach out to our troops and show them they are loved and supported during their long and often difficult deployments away from family and loved one.

Pack 788 is Great!!
Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 788 for their hard work with our February packing party.  These kids and their leaders had a great time working hard to put together care packages for our troops!  Way to go Scouts! Check out these mighty scouts at work!

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 ( and e-mail it to them so they can sign-up themselves. Once signed up they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring fellow Americans

Our Monthly Smiles Club Keeps Morale High Year Round

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!

At the bottom of a care package donation form there is an option to select either a one-time gift or join monthly smiles. Just click where it says “Yes, I would like to make a Re-Occurring Gift” and choose the frequency you wish to send.

The default we recommend is every 1 month, meaning 12 care packages per year. If you change the number, the system will skip the intervening months.

So, for example:

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 questions about setting up a Monthly Smiles program for holidays only or would just like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at


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Amazon Smile: Shop AND Support the Troops at the Same Time!

Move America Forward is now partnering with and participating in their Amazon Smile Non-Profit Program, where Amazon donates a portion of whatever you order to MAF so we can send even more support packages to our troops!

How does Amazon Smile Work?

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

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

Now with Amazon Smile, you can support Move America Forward at no cost to you, simply by buying the same things you would have bought anyway.

Prices are the same, shipping is the same, and nothing changes except Amazon donates .05% of your purchase to MAF on your behalf!

Share MAF with a Friend

The more soldiers that register, the more we need to reach out to individuals, groups and organizations who’d like to show their support. If you know an individual, company or organization who’d like to support our troops, would you please pass this newsletter along, or copy this link and e-mail it:
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Answer the Call: 13th MEU

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines & Sailors Have Requested our Help!

We are constantly getting requests for care packages and signups through our website, but every so often we get a call for help from a specific unit serving overseas that has unique hardship or set of circumstances which we need to respond to with extra support.When we saw the recent news story about 4,500 Sailors and Marines deploying to the Middle East and the waters around it, we knew we had to do something to support them!

So we’re putting out the call to help these units who need our support in the face of adversity and struggle – Will You Answer the Call?The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit also known as “The Fighting Thirteenth” is deploying for about 7 months, accompanied by the USS Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group. This fleet is ready for combat operations in the region and includes helicopter squadrons and other combat logistics equipment. “Whether a humanitarian assistance mission or combat operations, we are ready” said the unit’s Colonel.

These troops need our help! They are flying supplies or transporting troops for dangerous ground missions and supporting our other ships in the waters off the Middle East combat zones. Help us support this unit that is doing critical missions in the War on Terror.

Thousands of sailors, Marines deploy
to the Middle East with the Boxer ARG

By Matthew L. Schehl,
Marine Corps Times
More than 4,500 Marines and sailors with the Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit set out to sea Friday en route to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.The Boxer ARG/MEU team will spend about seven months deployed to the 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. The blue-green team will serve as a crisis response force in those regions.

The San Diego-based amphibious assault ship Boxer is accompanied by the landing ship dock Harpers Ferry and the amphibious transport dock New Orleans.

The sailors aboard those ships will operate with the 13th MEU’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 13.Col. Anthony Henderson, commanding officer of the 13th MEU, echoed Moore’s statements in the release.

“Whether a humanitarian assistance mission or combat operations, we are ready,” he said.

Several support units are also deployed with the ARG, including a detachment from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 “Wildcards.” That detachment, which includes three MH-60S Knighthawks, can defend the amphibious task force, conduct search and rescue missions, provide logistics support and transport special operations forces.

Other support elements include Fleet Surgical Team 3, Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, Assault Craft Units 1 and 5, and Beachmaster Unit 1.

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 thousands of men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, with 4,500 more Marines and Sailors deploying very soon. Show them your support! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops right now! 

When it comes down to it, our troops are the best on the planet and they never shy away from their oath no matter the hardship, the task, or the mission. And yet, somehow they still find the time to write us back to express their appreciation for the care packages. 


Happy Valentine’s Day to our Troops!


Today is Valentine’s Day, right now thousands of troops are away from home thinking of their loved ones and everyone else who is supporting them. It’s a day to celebrate with our loved ones and families. We hope you have the opportunity to spend Valentine’s Day with someone special, but please think about our troops serving overseas. Take the time right now to send them your love. It will include cards from kids all over the nation and special Valentine’s Day candy.

Military families go through incredible strain from the difficulties of deployment. Husbands and wives use every method available to stay in touch, but it’s still difficult to maintain across thousands of miles of separation and months spent away from home. Don’t let our troops be lonely this Valentine’s Day!

Move America Forward has made it easy to send our troops special Valentine’s Day care packages with a personal note from you.

We just wanted to show you some of the Valentine’s Day cards made
by local school kids that we’re sending to lift our troops’ spirits.

Send a message of love and support to a brave Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, or Guardsman serving overseas. They deserve a morale boost and some sweet treats!

Right now we’re getting ready to send hundreds of Valentine’s Day care packages to troops serving overseas, but we need YOU to sponsor them so that we can get them to the post office and then to our troops on the front lines. Show your support for our brave troops this Valentine’s Day.