Today is the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. More than 2000 Veterans and their families gathered at Pearl Harbor for a moment of silence at 7:55 A.M. this morning, the exact time that the first bombs hit 71 years ago. The men and women of the “Greatest Generation” earned that name after the horrific and cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor during the morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941. Those brave Americans rose to the occasion and restored freedom and order to the world.
As we remember the surprise attacks by the Japanese that led to so many American lives being lost and launched United States into World War II, it’s hard not to remember the more recent events where we were attacked on September 11th. As FDR described the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 is a date which will live in infamy.
Today, the NEW Greatest Generation is now on the ground, in the seas, and in the air fighting Muslim Jihadists who brought war to America’s homeland on Sept. 11, 2001. Scores upon scores of patriotic men and women joined the Armed Forces after September 11th, and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have sacrificed their lives, just as our troops did in World War II.
Armed Forces. Sponsor a special Christmas themed care package today.
Every care package is personalized with a special note from you, and is
full of the items our troops want. Coffee, cookies, and Christmas goodies!!
After Pearl Harbor, and again after 9/11, our troops fought fiercely to destroy enemies who threaten America. The cost of freedom is never cheap, it is paid for by the sacrifice of many brave young men and women who pay the ultimate price for our freedom. We must remain eternally grateful and show our appreciation to those who risk their lives every day.
It has been a long and difficult road for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; they have fought so hard and sacrificed so much, but in that sacrifice they have won many stunning victories, and accomplished things they were told could not be done. For that we are grateful and blessed to live in a nation protected by such courageous individuals. Please remember those troops today, and offer your support.
Each Christmas & Holiday Care Package comes with a Christmas stocking, hot cocoa & cider, and sweet stripes candy canes!
HELP THE 60,000 + TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
CHRISTMAS IS COMING SEND PACKAGES EARLY!
Winter is here and Move America Forward volunteers are working very hard to push care packages out to the troops as early as possible!
These care packages will be arriving just in time for the holidays, which otherwise is a very lonely time for many of our brave troops out on long their 2nd, 3rd or even more deployments away from their homes and families.
This crew spent the entire day assembling, taping and shipping another huge round of care packages to our brave men and women serving on the front lines in Afghanistan.
Winters in Afghanistan are freezing! Unlike Iraq, Afghanistan actually has huge mountains in the East that dump an ending supply of snow and cold on our troops. Temperatures dip below freezing and every hot chocolate or cup of coffee that comes from home is tremendously appreciated.
Please remember to include our troops and their families in all of your prayers this Christmas and be sure to send a little bit of Christmas cheer to our troops fighting in Afghanistan!
Volunteers packed up a record 432 care packages in just a few hours! These boxes are already on their way to eager troops waiting for them in Afghanistan.
Each package we make is sponsored by a generous donor like you. After sponsoring a package and including your personal message a dedicated MAF volunteer will do the rest and make sure your gift gets to where it needs to go, packed with care and love.
Your words of support included in every care package will remind them of how much we support them and will provide them with the motivation to stay vigilant, strong and alert during the holidays.
Do not let our troops spend this Christmas without letting them know how thankful you and your family are for their service. Send Your Message of Support Today.
Introducing: Christmas and Holiday Care Packages for the Troops
We are rapidly approaching the biggest holiday of the year, yes we’re talking about Christmas. It seems like it snuck up on us, doesn’t it?
It’s easy to lose track of time as we plan our holiday get-togethers and shop for gifts, but we can’t let ourselves forget about the most important people who deserve a gift this season – our troops.
There are about 68,000 troops in Afghanistan still serving, fighting the Taliban and fighting to stabilize the war torn country so that it will never again be a training and staging ground for attacks on the U.S. These brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays, they’ll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms.
We hear time and time again from our military care package recipients how much they appreciate our care packages and how much it means to them to know that people from back home took the time to think of them.
Just imagine what it would be like to know someone loves and supports you while you are patrol, standing guard or just a few months away from coming home. Make your gift today and send the support you know they deserve, with a tax deductible donation. Your Santa Stocking could be the one that reminds them of being home home by the fireplace. Your fresh gourmet Peppermint coffee could be what reminds them of home.
MAF in the News
We are always excited to see Move America Forward in the news because we know when the media highlights our troop support care package program, our soldiers WIN. That’s why we were excited to see Breitbart.com highlight our care package program for the Holiday Season. Thanks Breitbart.com for helping us spread the word on supporting our troop!
Holidays are for Sharing
If you want to send a big bunch of Christmas Cheer, we offer several packages that are meant to be shared by two, four or more soldiers. Just click on our Happy Holidays Shop to see what’s special for the holidays, and check out our gifts designed to be shared.
Thanks to our Corporate Partner Rogers Family Company
Gourmet Coffee for our Troops!
When Move America Forward approached Rogers Family Company about the possibility of partnering up to provide high quality coffee in our care packages, Rogers Family Company responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” For the last few months all of our care packages have included their delicious blends including some special seasonal offerings like Peppermint, Chocolate Truffle, and Pumpkin Spice!
“Rogers Family Company is dedicated to doing whatever we can year-round to make sure our troops feel supported, and during this time of year, we are increasing our efforts. In the last two months, Rogers Family Company has donated thousands of bags of coffee to MAF which will be included with the much needed care packages” according to Rogers Family Company spokesman and blogger Chris Swift.
Swift and The Rogers Family Company understand the importance of reaching out to our troops in a tangible display of support. “At some point, each and every one of us has felt a deep loneliness. Having someone reach out, pat you on the back, and simply acknowledge your existence can put a smile on your face. Now, imagine a total stranger doing the same thing. A person you have never met, reaching out and giving you a hug, just to say thank you for being you. That’s powerful!” said Swift
Recently Swift had the opportunity to visit our MAF offices to personally assemble their coffee in our Care Packages and meet some of our dedicated volunteers. “I had the unique opportunity on November 20, 2013 to hang out with a group of volunteers as they packed up care packages bound for Afghanistan. Kids and parents, side by side in a highly-efficient assembly line. In a two hour period, these 10 volunteers put together 290 care packages, breaking the previous record of 232 packages. The group was gleeful when they shattered the record, AND were ready for more, but the second shift of the day was on their way in to start the process all over again.” said Swift.
MAF is proud and thankful for the opportunity to include Rogers Family Company gourmet coffee in all our care package to our troops. Please take the time to spread some holiday cheer and provide our troops with a special package including Rogers Family Company coffee and other delicious seasonal treats!
Our Group Gift Department
Makes it Easy
Our Group Gift department makes it easy for any size company or group to support our troops – all you have to do is let us know your budget, and how you’d like your soldiers selected, and we’ll do all the work. We’ll offer you a variety of options for packages, and select soldiers that meet your criteria – whether it’s home state, branch of service or gender. We can even include a customized message from your company, group or organization in every package.
Imagine opening up your mail one day and reading this:
“Thanks for the great package of goodies. It’s always a great thing to receive mail here in Afghanistan. It has been hard being away from family and I love the Move America Forward program – it’s great for those of us who never get much mail. Thank you again for your kindness.” Stephanie.
Of course, sometimes soldiers just aren’t in a position to send a thank you when they receive a package, but we know how much they appreciate it. We’ve even been contacted by soldiers who’ve safely returned stateside asking us to put them in touch with the person who sent them a package, so they could tell them personally what it meant to them, and how badly they felt they couldn’t send a thank you at the time. To contact group gift, email LisaBaron@MoveAmerica.org with your questions, and she’ll be glad to help out.
When MAF Gets the Call
- Here’s What We Do!
In mid-October MAF received a telephone call out of the clear blue from a gentleman in Houston, Texas. He had 90,000 Holiday Greeting Cards to donate to MAF.
Wow, 90,000 holiday cards for the troops fighting the war on terror. We could include a dozen or so in each care package. They could easily be shared by the troops. While we live in the age of the internet and our troops often have the opportunity to make internet contact with their loved ones and friends, there is nothing more special – even in this day and age – than receiving a greeting card. (No different than when our donors add a special message along with their donation for us to include in each care package).
So we said YES. The only request was: MAF had to figure out the pickup and delivery back to headquarters in Sacramento by the end of October. We came up with Plan A, Plan B and eventually implemented Plan C.
What was Plan C?
MAFs Executive Director would fly to Houston, rent a truck, load the product and drive back to Sacramento. After all, he is our “miscellaneous” go-to guy.
Well you know such plans can sometimes have their bumps. Actually the whole Plan C worked pretty well…we got the cards back to Sacramento. But…
It was raining in Houston on Wednesday. The truck was not rented ahead of time and was only found after a third location visit. Four hours lost. Then the truck was changed. The first one offered had 99,000 miles on it while one nearby looked new and had only 7800 miles. Newer truck, easier ride, better fuel economy!
Then there was the loading of nearly 200 boxes, for a total weight of nearly 8,000 pounds. The storage location was deserted with no one around to help load the truck. Well, after nearly 3 hours of loading in the high humidity Houston (Californians are NOT used high humidity), the truck was on its way.
The first overnight was in San Antonio. It is a straight shot west on I-10 through the rolling hills of Southwest Texas. Throughout the drive were massive lightning displays. Turns out just 75 miles north, in the Austin area, the storms had dropped over 14 inches of rain in just a few hours causing massive flooding in the surrounding area. Yes, our holiday cards remained dry!
From San Antonio, the truck next overnighted in El Paso. And the final night in Blythe which is at the California-Arizona border, on the banks of the Colorado River. Then on Saturday is was a full day’s drive to Sacramento – with one “luxury stop” at Central California’s famous Harris Ranch for a gourmet hamburger. (Every time you see an American in military uniform, thank them….we enjoy our hamburgers thanks to them.)
One side trip was made while driving through to Phoenix when the truck went 30 miles off I-10 to show Debbie Lee, MAF spokeswoman, our truck load.
Yes, it was after dusk. The traffic in the Phoenix area on late Friday was slower than slow so our plan in seeing Debbie was a few hours late. The truck spent an hour with Debbie who marveled at the quality of the cards, not to mention the generous donation. Debbie suggested a back way return to I-10. Well the back way worked perfectly but not before some second guessing as it was largely a route through the pitch dark desert for 45 miles.
On Monday morning the loaded truck was at Total Service Logistics, Inc., a state of the art warehousing, transportation and distribution firm, located just a mile from MAF headquarters. TSL’s owners are fantastic MAF supporters and offered to house the boxes for free. Then out of the clear blue they offered to ask their service club members to make it their holiday project to sort the 90,000 cards into categories to make our deliveries to the troops more impactful, rather than random. More on that in the coming weeks.
That’s what we do when we get the call. We are so grateful to the donor of the cards and to all of our supporters who contribute monetary donations, time, ideas and free products to help make the tours of duty of our troops fighting the war on terror a little more comfortable.
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, copy this link and e-mail it to your soldier so they can sign up themselves. Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.
MAF shipping Holiday Care Packages until December 31st! Make Sure to Get Your Donations in Early!
MAF Volunteers, Staff and supporters of every kind are all pitching in to make sure every package ordered gets in the mail by Christmas. Santa’s elves want you to know they’d really appreciate it if you don’t wait until the very last minute to order. And just a reminder to all you procrastinators: packages sent to the military must go by USPS Priority Mail, so we’re not able to offer an overnight delivery option like UPS or FEDX. But if you do miss the deadline, don’t worry….MAF is sending Holiday Care Packages all the way until December 31st, and even if it shows up after December 25th, the troops are going to be more than willing to celebrate Christmas when it arrives. So if you haven’t had time yet, take a moment to remember our brave men and women serving far from home.
Thank You Highlight:
“This is Chitta, we just received a care package sponsored by your organization. Thanks so much!”
MAF Makes Your Christmas Shopping Easy!
MAF is making it easy to send a gift to a soldier in the name of family, friends or co-workers. It’s just like making a donation to any other charity in a friend’s honor. If you just want to send a package or two, or to send packages in the names of each of your many clients, customers or everyone on your holiday list, we’ll be happy to do all the work for you.
All you have to do is give us your budget and your list, and we’ll do the rest. We’ll even supply you with a letter you can print out or email letting your list of friends know a gift has been sent in their name by you to a deployed service member. It’s one gift that’s sure to produce smiles all around. Just contact LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org and paste GIFT IN NAME in the subject line.
Gift of Monthly Smiles!
MAF even makes it easy to give year round .You can give someone aMembership in the Monthly Smiles Club and we’ll send a soldier a package in their name every month all year long. So long after the Christmas decorations are put away, your holiday gift will still be reminding your recipient of you – and reminding a soldier far from home that someone still cares about them.
We can work with your budget to send packages and to include a personal support message. We’ll even prepare a special letter for the person you’re giving the gift to. Then every month both you and the person who received your gift will get a notification from us letting you both know that a package went out. No need to pay up front; we’ll simply charge your credit card each month when your package ships.
What a great gift for a special client, friend or family member or group or employees. If you’d like to find out more, just complete our Monthly Smiles email form and in the area for messages, tell us you want to know more about giving a membership in the Monthly Smiles Club.
ALREADY DONE WITH THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING?
You can still Sponsor a Care Package and send a box full of goodies and Christmas spirit to a soldier, sailor, marine, or airman RIGHT NOW!
This time of the year most of us our focused on the holidays and the preparations. We have just finished Thanksgiving and I hope that all of you were blessed to celebrate with family and friends.
I was blessed to have 2 Marine families at our holiday table that was lavished with way too much delectable food. My son Kristofer and his friend Adam, their wives and 5 and ¾ children, as well as my cousins, focused on what we were thankful for.
We had a vase and throughout the day we put slips of paper with what we were thankful for into the jar. At the end of the day we gathered and read the notes.
As you can imagine there were duplicate themes of faith, family, and friends. My youngest grandson who just turned 2 had me write his note as he voiced in his limited vocabulary, “for you.” He also had me write another one later in the day and said “Uncle Marc,” Grandkids are such a blessing…
We set a place for my son Marc this year at the table. It’s been 7 years since he was killed in Ramadi and no one has to remind us that he won’t be there. Time does change things but the void never goes away.
I’ve been to numerous weddings and formal military parties where they set a place to honor the fallen teammate. They turn the glass upside down representing that the hero won’t be there to toast, the lemon on the plate represents the bitter loss, and salt for all of the tears that have been shed.
Through the years I’ve come to know so many other Gold Star families who will forever have that empty seat at their table. That place setting not only represented Marc but each and every hero who has sacrificed their life fighting for our freedoms. They gave their all for their teammates, for you and for me.
Our troops and their families give so much on a daily basis that most will never recognize. They give time away from their families that can never be recouped, even when they aren’t deployed they give intense amounts of time to training; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. They choose to serve and give up careers that financially would provide much more for their families. Many are wounded and lose limbs, sight, and are physically scarred for life. They must adapt to wheel chairs, prosthetics, service dogs, numerous therapies trying to restore some type of a new normal in their lives. Many suffer with PTSD, TBI and thoughts of suicide and struggle with scars that cannot be seen.
Thanksgiving may be over for another year, but I will daily tell our troops, and their families Thanks for Giving!! The sacrifices you have made and continue to make for me and for this country are greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.
As we enter December and Christmas this year, please celebrate the hope we have because of those who sacrifice for our freedoms. Baby Jesus born in a Manger sacrificed his life on the cross so you could be free from sin and spend eternity with Him, and our troops who sacrifice so that we can enjoy freedom in America.
As you celebrate pick a family of a fallen hero, and a deployed family and bring a little extra joy and support to them during this Holiday Season. Then go to America’s Mighty Warriors on FB and post what you did to bring joy to these families.
Merry Christmas to you and special love to those who are deployed and the families they are away from!
As 2013 draws to a close, we at MAF want to take a moment to solemnly remember all the brave members of our armed services who gave their lives in service to our great nation. To the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, and best friends who bravely gave their all, your light will shine bright in our hearts today and every day.
*as reported 11/18/2012 – 11/17/2013
Family’s Sacrifice in the War on Terror
As Thanksgiving passes we continue to be thankful and celebrate the service & sacrifice of our Military Heroes and their families. Today we bring you the story of Matthew J. Holley, a combat medic in the 101st Airborne whose parents John and Stacey Holley fought for all military families to make sure all of our fallen warriors return home with the honor and respect they deserve.
John Holley was one of the Gold Star Parents we were able to take with us to Iraq in 2006. A trip he credits with helping him honor his son and move forward in his life. We have had the pleasure of working with John and Stacey Holley ever since and are so grateful for all they have done for other military families. Please take the time to read the story below and learn about their son
Thanks to the efforts made by the Holley Family the “Holley Provision” exists to ensure all of our fallen heroes return honor and respect they deserve.
The story of Army SPC. Matthew J. Holley,
On a cool autumn afternoon in November 2005 the world seemingly ended for John and Stacey Holley. With the ringing of the doorbell and the appearance of uniformed military strangers on the porch of their North Idaho home, their quiet lives were shattered by the news that their son and only child SPC. Matthew J. Holley had been killed along with three other soldiers by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Taji, Iraq. He was a Combat Medic with the 101st Airborne Division out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
Growing up, Matthew was the child that most parents hope for; he was charismatic and talented both athletically and artistically. By the age of 18 he was a three time U.S. National Karate champion and a talented amateur artist. For most who knew him, Matthew was a person of few words, choosing instead to let his actions speak much louder. He thrived on the challenge of being the best he could be.
When Matthew made the decision to become a soldier he was following in the footsteps of four generations of family members before him, including both John and Stacey. He was driven by a few valued lessons in life that he was raised on. The first to know and respect “that to whom much is given much is expected” and second that whenever the opportunity availed itself “to take his eyes off of himself and to put them on to others.”
Etched on SPC Matthew Holley’s gravestone are the following words, “To Serve a Cause Greater Then Myself”. Profound words spoken by a profound young man to his mother and father for his reason to join the United States Army and become a Medic. Matthew’s zest for life was to apply those valued lessons handed down to him and in doing so share a little of that freedom so many in our nation take for granted, or a little of that free spirit we all have.
Like so many who feel called to serve our nation, Matthew loved the Red, White and Blue. He loved the freedom it exudes and offers anyone who lives in the United States of America. As many in our generation, most will always remember that fateful Tuesday in 2001 when the towers fell. Matthew was just one week short of his 17th birthday, but as his mother reflects back, she believes that day was as much a catalyst for his decision to serve our nation as any. It was on that day that he saw the cause for freedom and all he had been raised to believe in challenged, and he expressed that “if there was one thing worse than dying, it was being alive and not being free.”
Even in the midst of their grief, John and Stacey knew that they were not the only parents who would face such a crisis. They were not the only American family destined to hear the ringing of a doorbell, or to learn the news of a loved one’s ultimate sacrifice from the lips of complete strangers.
Unbeknownst to them John and Stacey’s sorrow would quickly turn to horror when they discovered that Matthew’s casket would return to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field as common freight.
There would be no honor guard to welcome their fallen hero back to his hometown.
Instead, Matthew Holley’s remains would be carted around by forklifts and baggage handlers, like a crate of auto parts. Determined to welcome their son home with honors befitting his sacrifice to our nation, the Holley’s embarked on a quest to challenge the law, and to begin a journey of healing that would touch the lives of Gold Star families across our nation.
In 2011 the Holley’s released their co-authored book, Medals, Flags and Memories. In the book they share the story of their struggle in the weeks and months following Matthew’s death, as they fought to enact the law known today as “The Holley Provision” or as some have come to refer to them as “Angel Flights.” John and Stacey chose not to write simply a memoir of grief and loss.
Rather their desire was to share a journal of personal transformation, a guidebook for anyone who finds themselves struggling in the storm of their lives. It’s a journey of faith, love, and ultimate perseverance. But beyond all of these things, it’s an unmistakable demonstration of the American ideal in action.
Today each fallen heroes casket is met by honor guards in white gloves and crisp uniforms, instead of baggage handlers with forklifts. The legislation, was signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2006, and enacted by the Pentagon in January 2007.
Faced with the entrenched bureaucracy of our government, the Holley’s proved that an ordinary family can tip the scales of American justice. And, in an age where many people feel alienated and powerless, the Holley’s have shown how ordinary citizens can impact the change in federal law, and transform the world we live in.
In a sense, one world ended for John and Stacey Holley in November 2005, when Matthew died to preserve the American dream. But another world opened up, as the Holley’s discovered the power of prayer, determination and belief in the values that our great country was founded on. John and Stacey have honored Matthew’s death by reminding us that his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all those who serve our great nation is not in vain or without the honor due. That the American dream is still very much alive and well, and it is within the grasp of each citizen who dares to reach out and claim it.
Copies of Medal’s Flags and Memories can
be purchased online through www.amazon.com
You can make a REAL DIFFERENCE to our troops on the ground in Afghanistan by sponsoring a special Holiday Care Packagefilled with seasonal goodies like pumpkin spice coffee, candy corn, holiday Oreos, hot chocolate, and much, much more!
Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop advocacy organization expressed dismay at the news that the US has reached a short-sighted deal with the Iranians over their nuclear weapons program, which will further destabilize the Middle East and threaten US interests in the region.
“This deal is not a good first step as claimed, but it is a step in the wrong direction, ” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for Move America Forward. “Iran has consistently lied to the West and hid how much uranium they are enriching and are capable of enriching. Iran announced to the world that they were enriching Uranium in 2006 when it was already a well-known fact that they had been doing so since 2003. They were not truthful then, and they have continually resisted outside inspections to verify that they were not advancing a military objective of nuclear weapons. Lifting any of the economic sanctions makes no sense when it is based on their word that they’re going to stop enriching weapons grade uranium.”
“Since the Iranian regime continues to threaten our closest ally in the region, there should have been no agreement without giving Israel a seat at the negotiating table. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was forced to strongly and publicly denounce this agreement because their security is further impaired under this agreement, and American interests will be compromised if the Iranians are able to change the balance of power in the Middle East by becoming a nuclear power.” concluded Gonzalez.
PACKAGES AND COUNTING
HELP THE 60,000 + TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
Move America Forward and our great volunteers continue to meet the high demand for Thanksgiving Holiday Care Packages. This crew spent the entire day assembling, taping and shipping another huge round of care packages to our brave men and women serving on the front lines in Afghanistan. These care packages will be arriving just in time for the holidays, which otherwise is a very lonely time for many of our brave troops out on long their 2nd, 3rd or even more deployments away from their homes and families.
Winters in Afghanistan are freezing! Unlike Iraq, Afghanistan actually has huge mountains in the East that dump an ending supply of snow and cold on our troops. Temperatures dip below freezing and every hot chocolate or cup of coffee that comes from home is tremendously appreciated.
Afghanistan nights with a MAF Thanksgiving Care Package.
Please remember to Include our troops and their families in your Thanksgiving prayers and be sure to sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forward to send a little bit of Thanksgiving cheer to our troops fighting in Afghanistan!
Here’s another great photo of MAF volunteers doing what they love – assembling care packages together for the troops. Each package we make is sponsored by a generous donor like you. After Sponsoring a Package and including your personal message a dedicated MAF volunteer will do the rest and make sure your gift gets to where it needs to go, packed with care and love.
We hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving planned, surrounded by friends and family. This year, we hope everyone can take a little time out from celebrating to reflect and be thankful for our troops serving in Afghanistan. The tens of thousands who are still deployed will be spending Thanksgiving standing guard, training Afghan recruits for police and security forces, patrolling for Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and protecting our nation.
Your words of support included in every care package will remind them of how much we support them and will provide comfort while they are so far from home.
Replace a government issued MRE with a personal Care Package issued by Patriots, full of things to keep their bodies warm along with their hearts.
Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Gourmet Coffee and a personal message from you is a great way to show how grateful you are for their service.
Do not let our troops spend this Thanksgiving without letting them know how thankful you and your family are this Thanksgiving!
U.S. troops getting free coffee
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Chris Swift at www.rogersfamilyco.com
- Rogers Family Company has donated 41,349 bags of coffee in the last two months to MoveAmericaForward.org.
- On November 6, 2013 Rogers Family Company made its most recent donation of 10,922 bags of coffee to MoveAmericaForward.org which will be shipped to our active duty soldiers in individual care packages.
When I decided to write this article, I had no idea of the generosity this company and its owners were capable of. I was so proud to work for this company already, and learning the details of this giving program has now made me beam with pride.
Naively, I wondered why soldiers in the desert would want coffee. As of the writing of this article, it is 45 degrees in Kandahar International Airport. OK, I get it now. So you might be asking yourself, “who is Move America Forward?” Well, I will let them explain that. Move America Forward mission statement:
Move America Forward (MAF) is the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and their missions to defeat terrorism. MAF is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans, and military families all across the nation who share in our unwavering support.
As a business, Rogers Family Company believes it is their duty to give back and who better to give to than those laying their lives on the line each day? Working with MAF has provided us with a direct link to individual soldiers, and allows us to make a difference in their daily lives. You would be amazed at the smiles and stories that come from these brave men and women when they receive one of these care packages. Small gestures generate huge responses.
EXAMPLES OF SOLDIER COMMENTS/STORIES:
Oliver S. “. . . well we don’t have much access to coffee except in the chow hall which is only open at certain set hours …. exacerbating my condition is that although there is occasionally decaffeinated coffee rarely can I find the good stuff. So anyone is interested my section . . . would be grateful for some good ole ground & caffeinated coffee. . .” Ryan A. “. . . It really does not matter what it is just something that says “hey, you are not forgotten and we still care”. Letters from small kids have been the biggest hit so far. The soldiers love the letters from the kids and the drawings. The only two big request I have had so far is one, Kerige (not sure I spelled that right) the coffee machine that makes one cup at a time. The guys are asking for one that fills travel mugs. We have boxes of coffee but the last machine broke. . . “ History of Move America Forward:
Move America Forward was initially formed by The Honorable Howard Kaloogian and acclaimed broadcast journalist and television personality Melanie Morgan. In response to concerns raised by U.S. troops that the news media was frequently presenting inaccurate coverage that often ignored the success of their missions and accomplishments in the War on Terror.
Together, Rogers Family Company and Move America Forward are dedicated to improving the lives of our active duty soldiers through these care packages. Small gifts mean the world to these men and women.
You can make a REAL DIFFERENCE to our troops on the ground in Afghanistan by sponsoring a special Thanksgiving Care Packagefilled with Thanksgiving goodies like pumpkin spice coffee, candy corn, holiday Oreos, hot chocolate, and much, much more!
|“This Veteran’s Day we celebrated not only the courage and insight of the patriots of the past, but also the continued dedication of the many Americans who serve our country even this moment.Not to confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, but for some families, every day is Memorial Day. However, there is a clear distinction between the two: We must continue our longstanding tradition of remembering those who protect us, both past and present.It is sobering to think about the continuing price of our heritage and freedoms. Remembering is an important element of our nation’s tradition; Freedom is the veterans’ gift to us.
Please ‘Never Forget’ to thank a veteran. Move America Forward carries on, and accomplishes this mission 365 days a year”
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Today we celebrate the Anderson Family. Mike Anderson’s son Mike Jr. gave his life in Iraq and ever since, Mike Sr. has been a close member of the MAF family. He has participated in many of MAF’s events, especially those local to Northern California, since MAF’s headquarters is based in Sacramento, Calif.
|For St. Stanislaus Catholic School, however, Friday’s tribute held very special meaning, with rededication of the campus flagpole, a new flag presented by a contingent of Marines and a flyover.Eighth-grader Allie Anderson’s brother was the first soldier from Stanislaus County to die in the Iraq War, in 2004. She was only a youngster at St. Stanislaus, she said, watching back then as the school’s flagpole was dedicated to his memory. Nine years later, the bronze plaque was too worn to be read. Allie and dad Michael Anderson decided to get a new one.The idea grew from there, said Principal Russ Antracoli between organizing veterans groups, Marines in dress blues and school priest Sam West for the event, timing everything for an 8:27 a.m. flyover.
The T-34 buzzed in wide, white-trailing circles overhead on cue, piloted by former Marine aviator Vince Nastro, Allie said. She added that Nastro’s son flies combat jets for the Navy with a picture of Cpl. Michael Anderson Jr. in his cockpit. “It keeps Mike in the fight,” Allie said.
Allie helped unveil a new, stainless-steel plaque to her brother on the school flagpole. To commemorate the day, Marines raised a new flag, one that flew over the Pentagon on Sept. 11 of this year. Rep. Jeff Denham, (R-Turlock), arranged for the flag, which will be kept in a glass case. Marines and veterans on hand for the ceremony, seeing the weathered and worn condition of the school’s everyday outdoor flag, pledged to replace it, Antracoli said.
In a moving moment, a Marine bugler played taps for Cpl. Anderson and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Gathered veterans stood to tell of their years of service and which wars they fought.
“There are people like our veterans and the Marines here, making what we do, our lives, free. They’re the ones who make it safe for us,” Antracoli told the assembled students. He urged them to take a moment Monday to say a prayer or go to a parade.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization, Move America Forward condemned a proposed deal being brokered between Iran and Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva. The proposal has also been denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and numerous American legislators.
“Initial reports coming from numerous sources indicate that the deal John Kerry is working out with the Iranians would put America in a weaker bargaining position. It makes no sense to relax sanctions on Iran without requiring them to give up something in return. To do so would take away our only strong bargaining chip in future negotiations.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group.
“The fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel said it was a ‘very, very bad deal’ after a meeting with Secretary Kerry is evidence enough that the plan he’s working on does not serve America’s interests in its current form. Iran needs to be held more accountable and be willing to give up their ability to enrich uranium to weapons grade purity. The current plan would not require Iran to turn over any uranium or shut down any of their enrichment facilities.
“Senator Ted Cruz of Texas rightly said that the US should negotiate from a position of strength, and we agree one hundred percent.” said Gonzalez “If we don’t demand it now, what’s the incentive for Iran to disarm later? They will have already got what they wanted and would have no reason to continue negotiations By making concessions and reducing sanctions but not requiring Iran to disarm, we would weaken our bargaining position and actually reduce the prospects of having Iran disarm in the future.” concluded Gonzalez.