February Newsletter 2016

Sending Love on Valentine’s Day

While you are busy making dinner reservations or ordering flowers for your sweetheart, take just a moment to remember our deployed men and women and make sure they won’t be lonely hearts for Valentine ‘s Day this year!

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, See’s Candies Gift Box chocolates 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, woolen socks, Aloe infused Dude Wipes to handle tough grime 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

Hail to the Chief! Happy Birthday Ronald Regan

We wish a Happy Birthday (Feb 6) to our Greatest Commander in Chief of Modern Times

Our Troops could use a Monthly Smile of Support!

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 LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.

“Thank you for the goodies…”

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’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring fellow Americans

 

Amazon Smiles makes giving even easier!

Move America Forward is now partnering with Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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!

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Valentines Cards for the Troops

VALENTINE’S DAY – SEND THESE AMAZING CARDS

Every holiday that a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman, or Guardsman spends deployed overseas can be tough, and Valentine’s Day is no exception.
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 get 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.



Introducing See’s Candy for the Troops

Introducing MAF’s See’s Candies for the Troops


Help us start strong in 2016 and together we will continue to
do great things for our troops!
click here to make a donation.

We’re starting off the new year with a new project from Move America Forward. We’re partnering up with another local Sacramento military support group to bring the joy of See’s Candy to our troops on the front lines. They will be providing MAF with exclusive gift boxes of SEE’s CANDY to add into our care packages.We’re proud to offer these new packages with the addition of SEE’s CANDY which you can sponsor and send to our troops now!The winters over in Iraq may be hot, but in the mountains of Afghanistan winters reach freezing cold temperatures and rise higher than any mountain range we have here in the United States.

Help our troops deal with the cold winter by sending them some coffee and hot chocolate included in our care packages along with the SEE’s CANDY

 

Read MAF’s 2015 Year-in-Review Here

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fun and safe New Years celebration. At the end of every calendar year, we at Move America Forward look back on some of the highlights of the last 12 months. It’s a reminder of the great things we’ve achieved thanks to your support, and also some of the tough trials that we’ve had to overcome throughout the past year.
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MAF’s Year In Review for 2015

At the end of every calendar year, we at Move America Forward look back on some of the highlights of the last 12 months. It’s a reminder of the great things we’ve achieved thanks to your support, and also some of the tough trials that we’ve had to overcome throughout the past year.

The Charlie Hebdo Attack

On January 7, 2015 two Islamic extremists entered the Paris, France offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The terrorists were angry about the paper publishing a cartoonist’s depiction of Muhammad, so they attacked the defenseless employees, killing 11 and wounding 11 more. After they were done shooting up the Charlie Hebdo offices, they continued their rampage out on the streets of Paris where they killed a police officer and five more civilians.

Move America Forward responded to the tragedy of these attacks with the following statement, made the same day:

 Pro-Troop Group Offers Prayers for Victims of Paris Terror
Attacks Says Freedom of Expression, Thought, Must be Defended

“Today’s terror attacks were a painful reminder that these terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, or any group that aligns with a radical Islamist ideology are dangerous and cannot be negotiated with.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of today’s attack and their families. Their loss, and the sacrifice they made in the name of freedom will be known the world over.”

“We cannot allow our freedoms to be held hostage by men with guns and a radical ideology…Shame on anyone who looks at these events and says we should have been more sensitive, or that we must limit what we say about Islam or those who profess to follow its teachings. Shame on those who warn others not to speak their mind, or say what they believe, for fear of retribution from the terrorists.” said Gonzalez.

“The world must come together to hunt down these extremists and bring them to justice, but not to condemn individuals for speaking out against the radicals who commit crimes in the name of Islam.” said Gonzalez.

For their own response, Charlie Hebdo continued publishing images of Muhammad, and sold almost 7 million copies of the next issue. Supporters started a massively popular social media campaign of solidarity using the slogan “je suis charlie”.

 

Operation Mail Call Successful

In January and part of February, MAF embarked on a campaign to raise $13,800 in postage-only donations to raise money to send 1,000 boxes to Afghanistan. As sometimes happens in the MAF offices, if we get an influx of free, donated items, we will ask for postage-only donations to simply cover the shipping costs for sending packages to our troops overseas.

Here’s a photo of hundreds of boxes ready to go for Operation Mail Call back in January – February of this year.

This year our supporters were very generous during one such Mail-Call campaign, and we reached our goal and were able to send all 1,000 boxes overseas. These boxes were mostly filled with See’s Candies and Girl Scout Cookies, and coffee we had received for free. Thank you to everyone who donated during that postage drive!

MAF’s Easter Celebration

What’s an Easter care package without the sugary fluff of brightly colored marshmallow Peeps? Easter is full of traditions and one tradition we here at MAF like to carry on is our commitment to making sure our seasonal Easter packages for our troops contain Peeps to remind our troops that a long distance hug from home isn’t really that far away after all. Of course we will still sent all the other great treats soldiers crave like, Rogers Family gourmet coffee, beef jerky, Oreo cookies, Gatorade, lip balm, Ohh-Ahhs field towels, deodorant and more.

This year’s Easter celebration was a huge success and hundreds of care packages were sent. Our donors raised almost $25,000 for Easter care packges in 2015! Thank You!

Troopathon Supporter Coach K Wins 5th Championship

For the past 3 years Coach K has also been an enthusiastic supporter and participant in MAF’s Troopathon. His inspiring messages of support for the troops overseas have been a blessing to have and include in our annual Troopathon show.

In April this year we congratulated our friend “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski for an amazing job he did coaching the Duke University Blue Devils to their 5th championship in college basketball. Last night, Coach K’s team bested Wisconsin in the finals to secure their 5th championship 68-63.

Mike Krzyzewski is already a legend in college basketball, but he’s also distinguished himself as Coach of TEAM USA, our Olympic men’s basketball team who won the Gold in 2008 and 2012 with Coach K at the helm.



US NAVY IN SHOWDOWN WITH IRAN OFF SHORES OF YEMEN

Back in April and May of 2015 there was a showdown with Iran off the shores of Yemen when the Iranians were discovered to be providing support for the Houthi rebels destabilizing that country and trying to take over.

The Iranians were suspected of smuggling cash and weapons to the Islamic extremist rebels in Yemen and they sent ships down there to protect the flow of support by sea. The Iranian ships even dared to board attack and board a civilian shipping vessel.

After the US sent the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Gulf of Aden, a convoy of up to 9 Iranian ships that seemed bound for Yemen turned around and went back to Iran once the US fleet was in their path. We don’t know what those ships contained but clearly they did not want the US to know what was in those vessels.

To help, Move America Forward got in touch with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and sent packages to support the troops on-board that vessel!

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

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



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

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

Good Morning Sir/Ma’am!

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

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

Go NINERS!!!

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

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

SUCCESSFUL 8TH TROOPATHON RAISES $289,890 FOR THE TROOPS!

In June MAF held our 8th Annual Troopathon event broadcast live from MAF Operation Headquarters in Sacramento, California. Troopathon 8  “Care Packages for Our Heroes,” featured a 6-hour long fundraiser that brought together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters.This year was very special for Troopathon, we were extremely blessed to have Rita Cosby as a co-host alongside our own Melanie Morgan. Rita is a phenomenal journalist, news anchor, radio-host and best-selling author with strong ties to the military community.At the end of Troopathon we came close to our goal of $300,000 but fell just a little bit short. We did raise an amazing $289,890 though, which is very close!Thank you for all the support from everyone here at Move America Forward. On behalf of our hosts, Melanie Morgan and Rita Cosby, all of our staff, and most of all our troops on the front lines, thank you for your support!  We couldn’t have done it without you!


 

Obama Makes Dangerous Nuclear Deal with Iran

In July this year President Obama’s administration foolishly negotiated with Iran and agreed to a deal with more holes than Swiss cheese and dangerously flawed.Obama claims the deal will halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years in exchange for sanction relief, but it gives Iran far too many concessions without getting concrete verification that their weapons program is ending.By releasing billions of dollars in sanctions relief and given Iran’s radical history of disruptive policies in the Middle East, this deal will empower Iran with the cash and resources to turn the Middle East upside down, ensuring an Iranian hegemony that will threaten peace in the region for decades to come.The most important and dangerous component, Iran’s centrifuges to make nuclear material, are untouched. Iran won’t be forced to dismantle any facilities and critical element, inspections, is where Obama’s deal seems the weakest. It gives Iran the option to appeal the inspections or delay them up to two weeks.Finally, we were extremely disappointed that Obama refused to condition any deal with the release of innocent Americans who are held unlawfully by the Iranian authorities. Obama should have made the release of Americans the first step in Iran demonstrating some commitment to the rule of law and engagement with the civilized world.

In August MAF joined a large coalition of groups for a rally against Obama’s Iran Deal in Las Vegas, Nevada about the importance of opposing Obama’s nuclear deal.


We were joined by local activist Danny Tarkanian and the famous businessman/author Wayne Allyn Root.


MAF Rallies to Free Marine Held in Mexico Jail Cell!

Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was arrested and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons under Mexico’s strict gun laws. Ever since, it was a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. On August 25th, MAF joined with allies for a rally in Sacramento to bring Andrew home.


Andrew was eventually released on November 1st, 2015. President Obama did nothing to bring our Marine home. He never asked or negotiated with Nieto. Obama was willing to negotiate with the Taliban to free 5 Terrorists at GITMO, but he didn’t lift a finger to negotiate with Mexico to get our Marine home. It’s shameful. Not only that, but considering that Mexico lives under the safety umbrella that the United States provides for North America via the sacrifice and courage of military men and women like Andrew, that is no way for the Mexican government to treat an American hero!

 

MAF Honors the Fallen in 9/11 Memorial for 3rd Year!

For the past several years, MAF has been invited by John Vinson and his family to help them put up a huge memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. This September, MAF put together a video showing John and his team of volunteers placing the flags in the ground.


John Vinson says that when he woke up September 11th, 2001, and heard about what had happened in New York City, he was confused, afraid, frustrated and angry. He channeled his anger by picking up an American flag and going to a freeway overpass and simply waving it proudly and defiantly at the enemy, for all the passing motorists to see. Those that passed by and saw him waving the colors honked and cheered and encouraged him.
Over the years John has continued to fly the flag every 9/11, except today he has well over 4,000 flags to fly and he’s moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. But his idea is the same as ever, to fly the flag (now a collection of flags laid out as a memorial to the fallen) in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom.
 
The 9/11 memorial grows larger each year

We appreciate the efforts of people like John Vinson, or the countless other patriots around the country who are flying their flags today, supporting our troops. We are proud and grateful to have taken part in his 9/11 memorial for these past three years.


MAF Celebrates the Holidays by Supporting Troops Overseas

As we do every year, Move America Forward worked hard to give our troops support for the holiday season. Whether it was special Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas care packages, we had something special for our troops for every Holiday.


MAF was able to send thousands of holiday care packages to troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq thanks to your support. We hope to continue sending packages to our troops in 2016, with your help. We will continue supporting our troops until all our troops come home!

 

Christmas Shipment Livestream



It’s crunch time! We have only two days left before Christmas, the most important holiday of the year for most Americans.Our troops need to know that we support them! The holidays are the toughest time of the year for our deployed troops, when they can’t be at home for the holidays to spend this special time with their friends and families.Last Thursday the Post Office up over 1,500 care packages for the troops on the front lines. These care packages will arrive just in time, maybe on Christmas Day or perhaps a few days later, but the impact will be the same.


The recorded live-stream is now available!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

It’s not too late to be a part of our Christmas efforts! Make a donation RIGHT NOW and you can still get your care packages sent today, but hurry because time is running out to support the troops!

You might be surprised how many troops write back to us saying that the care package we sent was the only mail they had received all year.

Spending a 6-12 month deployment in Afghanistan with little or no mail from home can be discouraging or even depressing. Let’s not allow our troops to get lonely this Christmas! Help us reach our goal by Christmas day and don’t let our troops down!

Here are some more photos of our huge care package shipment last week!

All Donations are Tax Deductible
Please make all checks payable to “Move America Forward”
Donations by Check Can be Sent To:
ATTN: Scott Raab
Move America Forward
8795 Folsom Blvd. Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95826To sign up a deployed servicemember to receive a care package or
to request care packages if you are a deployed servicemember, visit
www.moveamericaforward.org or call(916) 441-6197

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Madison Rising Christmas Song for the Troops

With only THREE DAYS LEFT until Christmas, time is running out to support our troops on the front lines!

As you know, Christmas can be one of the loneliest times for our troops who are spending the holidays overseas. Sadly, some troops don’t receive any mail all year long, but you can make sure they get at least one package – a care package full of thoughtful Christmas treats to remind them of home.

They’re spending Christmas away from their families, protecting our freedoms. The least we can do is wish them a Merry Christmas with a special Christmas care package packed up by our volunteers here in Sacramento along with your personal message to the troops.

We’ve set a goal to reach $60,000 for our troops by Christmas. Help us reach our goal and get into the Christmas spirit by sponsoring a care package today!

Now have a listen to this amazing and touching Christmas Song dedicated especially to our by TROOPS by the hit patriotic band Madison Rising!

 

If youre familiar with our annual Troopathon fundraiser for the troops, you’re probably familiar with acclaimed musician David Bray and his patriotic band Madison Rising. They have been featured on several Troopathon broadcasts and we’re proud to sing their praises. A patriotic rock band is not something you see every day anymore, so support Madison Rising just as you support Move America Forward!

Madison Rising has a very touching Christmas song that they’ve dedicated to our troops, for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. Click below to listen and prepare to be inspired to support the men and women of the US military all over again!

Now that you’ve listened to that amazing song, how about sponsoring a care package to support those brave troops still overseas!?

Good Day Sacramento at MAF

Care Packages Shipping Today!! Take Advantage of Your Last Chance to Send Today!

 

Yesterday we had our biggest holiday shipment to the troops for Christmas, with 1500 care packages going out! It was a great day here at MAF with over a dozen volunteers taking part in the effort and local media coming out to see the whole operation.

If you missed it, don’t worry. There’s still time to sponsor a care package and get it to our troops for Christmas. If you haven’t donated yet, don’t wait! Show the troops how much you care by sending a box full of great Christmas items.


Here’s a video that the crew of “GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO” put together about our care packages!


Click above to play this video!
Here’s some photos of our volunteers hard at work, packing boxes full of goodies, taping them up, applying labels and getting them stacked up and ready for shipment!

Despite claims that the war is drawing to a close, there are still over 10,000 troops serving, training Afghanistan security forces or advising the Iraqi army in their fight against ISIS, so care packages are still needed. Move America Forward has noticed a sharp increase in the number of care package requests received on our website during the holidays.

Only 7 days remain between now and Christmas Day, so we are running out of time to reach our goal of $60,000! So far we’ve raised $25,998 towards our goal so we’re almost halfway there! Please donate to help us keep our momentum going strong so we can reach our goal on Christmas Day!


We’ve set our Christmas goal to $60,000!

Help Us Beat Last Year’s Christmas Goal!
$60,000 to Support the Troops!

We’ve been offering Christmas care packages since the beginning of the month, but now we’ve set a goal to see if we can top last year’s total number of care packages sent to the troops!

If we can raise $60,000 this Christmas, we’ll be able to do it! If you have not yet, please consider making a donation today to support these brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays.

We have over 10,000 troops that will be spending Christmas on deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq. There’s also thousands more troops deployed all around the Middle East and other terror hotspots around the world.

We’ve already raised about $5,390 towards our goal so we’re off to a good start, but we still have a long way to go if we want to reach our goal by Christmas!

Please send this e-mail to your family and friends to get them involved!

While we fill out our Christmas wish lists, many of our troops are thankful for just being alive because they realize that not all that serve are so lucky. They are fully aware of the risks they take and dangers they face every day, but do so willingly for our safety.  For this, they deserve a small token of our appreciation around the holidays.

The holidays are the loneliest time of the year for many people serving in a normal capacity, but imagine if you are serving in the military thousands of miles from home in a foreign land. While many members of our military have supportive and loving families that send them stuff throughout the year, many do not and get very lonely, especially during the holidays.

 


We’ve heard over and over again from military men and women that the care package they received from us was the only piece of mail or support they have received all year and it meant the world to them.

Santa helping to deliver our care packages along with Operation Care

We also continually hear that our troops really appreciate the great items that we include in our care packages, but the most appreciated item is the personalized letter from YOU that you can fill out and thank them for their service or let them know you support them.
Please help us bring a little holiday cheer to our brave men and women of the military by sending them support from home today–it might be the only mail they get all year.

Think about how lonely it can get for our troops in Afghanistan, many are on isolated bases where they cannot easily keep in contact with their families back home. Some troops hardly ever receive mail from home, some troops sadly never get anything,
Around Christmas time, our troops miss their families more than ever. They sacrifice that time with their families in order to protect us, but sometimes they still get homesick.