Check out these AMAZING from Sonoma County’s Morning News with Melanie Morgan of the care package stuff they collected for MAF. Thanks to everyone at KSRO 1350, Sonoma County, this Holiday Season for supporting our troops!
Huge thank you to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office for helping collect hundreds of pounds of items for our troops! These items will go a long way to helping our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. The Sheriff’s Dept. sent out Sergeant Cecile Focha to help us pack all the items they collected into the truck so we could get it back to Sacramento and into the care packages.
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has been a long time supporter of the troops and they’re showing it again this year by putting on a Christmas event to thank the troops led by none other than Hulk Hogan himself. You may remember seeing the Hulkster on last year’s Troopathon. Now he’s joining other WWE stars to treat the troops to some live wrestling entertainment at a Christmas special just for the troops.
Here’s more about this televised event from the Charlotte Observer:
WWE pays annual holiday tribute to US troops
By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer
Tuesday, Dec. 09, 2014Hulk Hogan was a one-man armed forces branch inside the ring, disposing the latest lumbering threats from Cold War Russia, Iran and even an Iraqi sympathizer with nothing more than a big boot to the face and a legdrop.Hogan, the biggest star in WWE history, never lost sight of the work performed by real American troops around the world who served their country in a far more hostile environment than the squared circle.”It’s amazing to see how brave, how proud and how positive these kids are,” Hogan said.
Hogan has a special chance to thank servicemen in person when World Wrestling Entertainment tapes its annual “WWE Tribute to the Troops” show on Tuesday night at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. The WWE’s 12th holiday troops’ special brings together celebrities from sports, entertainment and pop culture to entertain American servicemen and women. The show airs on USA Network and NBC later this month.
You might remember seeing Hulk Hogan’s pre-recorded message of support on last year’s Troopathon. The Hulkster recorded this message for MAF to help us promote our Troopathon fundraiser and show his support.
We’re proud to see him continuing his support for the troops this Christmas season. MAF is also doing everything we can to support the troops during the Holidays by offering our special Christmas care packages.
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.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.
The American Soldier: A Selfless Force for Good, Fighting for Peace and Freedom In a World Gripped by Poverty and Tyranny
One of our pro-troop supporters and well known pro-troop blogger Donlyn Turnbull sent us this photo today which has been going viral on the web today.
We have not been able to definitively verify the origin of the picture, but those who posted it claim it is a photo of Master Sergeant Laron E. Golden of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The setting is alleged to be San Benedetto, Italy, which the Allied 1st Armored Division was occupying on December 11, 1944, the date this photo is thought to have been taken. M/Sgt. Golden is sharing his food and supplies with the local children of the town who no doubt were having a tough time during winter in a town that had no doubt suffered some damage in the fighting.
When we saw this picture it not only reminded us of the selflessness and compassion that our troops displayed during WWII, but we immediately noticed the striking similarity to these photos, taken more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
70 years later, our troops continue to embody the same qualities that “The Greatest Generation” did when they fought World War II.
Honor, duty, and service to their country, yes all very important, but also they have the same compassion and good will toward men that made the American soldier truly the most powerful force for Good to walk the earth since Jesus Christ.
Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were willing to go fight on a foreign land and then after the fighting, share their food, build schools, houses and hospitals, and just do whatever they can to help the people there.
These extraordinary, honorable men and women deserve our support.
There are about 24,000 troops in Afghanistan still serving, fighting the Taliban every day and fighting to stabilize the war torn country so that it will never be a training ground for attacks on the U.S. again. These brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays, they’ll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms.
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 24,000 troops in Afghanistan still serving, fighting the Taliban every day and fighting to stabilize the war torn country so that it will never be a training ground for attacks on the U.S. again. 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 on 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 by the fireplace. Your fresh gourmet Peppermint coffee could be what reminds them of home.
SEND A PIECE OF HOME TO
THE TROOPS FOR THANKSGIVING
This year over 24,000 American troops will spend Thanksgiving in Afghanistan, fighting for our freedoms. This year, let’s make sure to THANK our troops and PRAY FOR THEM as we sit around the table with our loved ones to say grace and eat a bountiful feast. And sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forward to send a little bit of Thanksgiving cheer to our troops fighting over in Afghanistan!It’s the least we can do to help remind them of home and let them know that we support them! Please send them your support and items they can’t get in Afghanistan.
WISH OUR MARINES A HAPPY 239TH BIRTHDAY!
Don’t forget to take some time to recognize our United States Marine Corps who are celebrating their 239th Birthday today!
The Marines were born November 10th, 1775 when our founding fathers met at the 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Among the things they voted for that day was a resolution to raise two battalions of Marines to protect American shipping and fight pirates lurking around the Bahamas.
Since then, the Marines have been an indispensable component of America’s military power and legendary for their toughness and never-quit attitude that has carried them through some of the most fierce and bloody battles in history like Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Da Nang, Fallujah and others.
We still have thousands of Marines serving in Afghanistan, fighting the Taliban. Show your support for them by sending some care packages through our postage-only care package drive Operation: Mail Call. Click here to donate now.
For a special limited time you can send care packages to our troops for less, we’ve received enough free product that we only need you to pay just for the postage!
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10 NOVEMBER 2014
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS
In 2004, 20,000 Marines deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq – many Marines celebrated the birthday in places like Fallujah, Ramadi, and Al Qaim while decisively engaged in combat. That year, Marines also responded to crisis in the Pacific following a tsunami which claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. On 10 November 2004, Marines looked back with pride on their accomplishments – confident in their ability to meet future challenges.
As we celebrate our 239th birthday, Marines are in combat in Afghanistan. Since we last gathered to celebrate our Corps’ birthday, we also responded to crises in the Philippines, South Sudan, Libya, and Iraq.
Some things change. This year found us in different climes and places that our predecessors in 1944 and 2004. We have adapted our organization, training, and equipment to the ever-changing operating environment. Some things remain the same. Marines attacked this year’s challenges with the same courage, commitment, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and adaptability as their predecessors in Peleliu and Fallujah. For that reason, on 10 November 2014, we Marines can look back with pride on our accomplishments- confident in our ability to meet future challenges.
Thanks for who you are and what you do. Happy Birthday Marines.
J. F. Dunford, Jr.
We have 1,000 care packages ready to ship in our
Sacramento warehouse – they just need postage!
The cost to mail each box is $13.80 from the USPS. We have set a goal to raise $13,800 so that we can send 1,000 boxes. Will you please help us purchase the postage to mail these supplies to our troops?
Family’s Sacrifice in the War on Terror
This past weekend was Gold Star Mother’s Day, a day our nation proudly express’s our love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Move America Forward has had the honor to work directly with so many amazing Gold Star families over the years, we thought it would be a great time to share some of these courageous stories.
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.
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 Halloween Holiday Care Package filled with seasonal goodies like pumpkin spice coffee, candy corn, holiday Oreos, hot chocolate, and much, much more!
Our care package program makes sure our troops know they are supported, appreciated and supplies them items they desperately need. Each care package is a taste of home while they serve so bravely in harms way. One of our most popular and most requested items is coffee.
Troops in Afghanistan displaying and enjoying coffee they received from Move America Forward care packages
That’s why we include coffee from our friends at the Rogers Family Company in every package. The aroma alone is enough to picture your family at the kitchen table in the morning getting ready to start the day. This feeling of being home with family, if only for a few moments, while they get ready to start another shift, patrol, or watch is why we make sure to include it in every care package.
To brighten the mornings of America’s bravest, PLEASE CLICK HERE NOW, and help give our troops that feeling of home.
Our volunteers make sure it is loaded with the items and treats our troops love. Other top requested items like Beef Jerky, Wet Wipes, and Oreo’s are in every box. Most importantly they make sure to put in your personal message. This note, no matter how many words, will be read countless times while deployed.
When you send a care package to a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine you are not only sending a fresh cup of coffee, you are personally telling our troops thank you for all their hard work to keep us all safe.
We are so lucky at Move America Forward to have supporters like you who make it possible for us to help so many troops risking their lives for our safety and freedom. We pride ourselves on shipping the very best quality products and supplies that our troops need. We are also lucky enough to hear back from them in messages they send us. I hope you have the time to read a few below.
There are over 28,970 men and women serving in Afghanistan. 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.
Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops so that we can continue serving our troops who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
We Had a Great Week
Answer the Call Campaign Helped Hundreds of Troops!
The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for Move America Forward. We challenged you to Answer the Call and answer it you did! We set an ambitious goal to raise $20,000 for our troops September 11th. Thanks to amazing generosity like yours we were able to reach out goal and even raised it towards the end to $25,000.
In the end, we did not reach our new goal, but it’s OK we got very close! The total raised during the Answer the Call campaign was $23,947 so we only fell $1,053 short of our expanded goal, easily beating our preliminary goal of $20,000.
Move America Forward employees proudly dropping off hundreds of care packages at the U.S.P.S.
The rest of the packages will be shipped in the next week, spread out to different units deployed that are in need of our support.
9/11 HEROES WALL – JOIN THEM TODAY
These generous donors gave $199 or more to thank our troops and help Answer The Call: 9/11 Never Forget. Donate now to help us reach our goal. Remember to include your personal message to the troops when making a donation.
9/11 Flag Memorial
We helped out the John Vinson Family with their annual 9/11 Memorial Flag Display.
The Vinsons have been waving flags every September 11th since 2001 when they started with just one flag. Each year the demonstration grows and now they are up to over 4,000 flags on display.
We put together this video showing the progress of setting up the memorial flags starting at 6 AM and working until sundown.
Click below to watch the video and please share it with everyone you know!
In The News
Over the last couple days, MAF has been on every local TV station at least once and that has generated a lot of attention for our troops and the importance of continuing to support them! We could not have done it without you!
If you still have not donated to help our troops, it’s not too late! We are still taking donations even now that Answer the Call is over. Just click here to make a valuable donation to our brave troops. They deserve every bit of support we can send them!