Last Chance to Support Troops!

 


LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT TROOPS!

ONLY 50 MORE TROOPS NEED PACKAGES!


Easter is tomorrow and we still have not reached our goal of sending 1,000 Easter care packages to our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. So close to our deadline, we are at 95% of our goal!

That means we’ve collected enough donations to send care packages to 950 troops – but 50 troops still need packages! We just need 40 people to donate a Squad Pack, or 4 people to donate a Battalion Pack and we’ll easily reach our goal! Don’t let our troops down! This is our last chance, as Easter is tomorrow!

Easter is one of the most important holidays of the year. We pray every day for our troops safety and we know they will be missing their families this Easter Sunday. To help remind them of home, we’re including the classic Marshmallow Peeps Bunnies in each Easter care package!

Of course we’re still including all the favorites like Jelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” jelly beans, Roger’s Family Company Coffee, Oreo cookies and much much more! Click here to donate now!


EASTER CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:
Easter Marshmallow Peeps® Bunnies, Jelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly Beans, Gourmet Coffee from Rogers Family Co., Hot Apple Cider, Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Gatorade, Painted Hill Beef Jerky, Planters Nuts/Trail Mix, Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Coppertone Sunblock, John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs, “Support the Troops” Wristbands, Military OneSource Resource Packet, U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition,
Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card,
A Personal Note from YOU!

 

Support and Pray for our Troops!


SUPPORT AND PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!

Our troops deployed overseas need our help! This Easter, Move America Forward has set a goal to send Easter Care Packages to 1,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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! Of course we’re still including all the favorites like Jelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” jelly beans, Roger’s Family Company Coffee, Oreo cookies and much much more!



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!

Easter (April 20th) and Passover (April 14th – 22nd) are two of the most important holidays to Judeo-Christian Americans. Christians come together in a few weeks to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, while Jewish Americans will come together to celebrate the deliverance of the Jewish people out slavery in Egypt.

During this time, let us remember our brave men and women who are overseas defending the rights and liberties we so enjoy.

May we never forget our freedom to celebrate Easter comes from the selfless acts of individuals from all walks of life who simply fight for a free nation.

As we reflect and give thanks for all the goodness in our lives, lets also remember those men and women who every day, are fighting to preserve our freedoms and liberties we so cherish.

We ask that you join us in praying for our troops, that He will watch over them and protect them on their difficult deployments in Afghanistan.

So far we’ve raised close to 40% of our goal – that means about 400 troops will get care packages but 600 more need your help!

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!

EASTER CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:
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Easter Marshmallow Peeps® Bunnies, Jelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly Beans, Gourmet Coffee from Rogers Family Co., Hot Apple Cider, Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Gatorade, Painted Hill Beef Jerky, Planters Nuts/Trail Mix, Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Coppertone Sunblock, John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs, “Support the Troops” Wristbands, Military OneSource Resource Packet, U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition,
Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card,
A Personal Note from YOU!

 

 

Your personal message will be sent in a care package packed by our volunteers and sent along with a box full of goodies including special Easter treats! The Easter Holiday is coming up quickly, so place your order now and help us reach 1,000 troops by Easter Sunday!

Help! We Need to Reach 1,000 Troops by Easter!


HELP US SEND EASTER PACKAGES TO 1,000 TROOPS!


DON’T LET OUR TROOPS BE FORGOTTEN! Easter, one of the most important holidays on the calendar, is coming April 20th! In recognition of this important holy day we must remind our troops in Afghanistan that we still remember why they are there and everything they are doing for our nation!

The holidays are always a difficult time for our troops serving overseas. They won’t be able to sit around the dinner table with friends and family for a special Easter meal.

Most of them will not be able to help their kids paint Easter eggs or watch their children run around searching for hidden eggs on Easter morning. But you can help make the holiday feel a little less lonely!

We have set a goal to raise enough support to send care packages to 1,000 troops by April 20th! That means we have about three weeks to do it! Help us reach our goal and send some love, support and badly needed items like coffee, cookies, sun block and wet wipes.

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!

EASTER CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:


Easter Marshmallow Peeps® Bunnies, Jelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly Beans, Gourmet Coffee from Rogers Family Co., Hot Apple Cider, Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Gatorade, Painted Hill Beef Jerky, Planters Nuts/Trail Mix, Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Coppertone Sunblock, John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs, “Support the Troops” Wristbands, Military OneSource Resource Packet, U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition,
Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card,
A Personal Note from YOU!

Your personal message will be sent in a care package packed by our volunteers and sent along with a box full of goodies including special Easter treats! The Easter Holiday is coming up quickly, so place your order now and help us reach 1,000 troops by Easter Sunday!

Introducing Easter Care Packages for the Troops

INTRODUCING EASTER CARE
PACKAGES FOR THE TROOPS!


DON’T LET OUR TROOPS BE FORGOTTEN! With Easter on its way, we must remind our troops in Afghanistan 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 over 38,000 troops still fighting!

The 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!

EASTER CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE:
Easter Marshmallow Peeps® Bunnies, Jelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly Beans, Gourmet Coffee from Rogers Family Co., Hot Apple Cider, Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Genuine Oreo Cookies, Gatorade, Painted Hill Beef Jerky, Planters Nuts/Trail Mix, Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels, Deodorant, Lip Balm, Coppertone Sunblock, John Ondrasik “For the Troops” CDs, “Support the Troops” Wristbands, Military OneSource Resource Packet, U.S. Constitution Pocket Edition, Veteran’s Crisis Line Info Card, A Personal Note from YOU!


Your personal message will be sent in a care package packed by our volunteers and sent along with a box full of goodies including special Easter treats! The Easter Holiday is coming up quickly, so get your orders in 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: www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ 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.

A Special Message on Marc Lee’s Birthday

A Special Message from Debbie Lee


Through the ages we have celebrated the birthdays of famous people who have impacted our history. Our national calendars are marked with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dr Martin Luther King, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus birthdays. The dates of our calendar are based on the birth of Jesus Christ.

As a mother, those birthdays that are most memorable to us are those of our children. The days that we labored and suffered intense pain to help the precious gift of a child pass from life in the womb to life in our arms. We never forget those special days and they are always highlighted on our calendars. Whether it is the first birthday or 40th birthday we celebrate each one, knowing the gift of life that God blessed us with.

I was blessed with two sons and one daughter and even though they share the same mother and father and grew up in the same home they are uniquely different. Even though they are adults now, my calendar is still marked with their special dates, and I celebrate who they are, what they have contributed to making this world a better place, and that God chose me to be their mom.

One of the difficult things for a parent who loses a child, is dealing with the birthday after they have died. I remember not long after Marc was killed, I was filling out a form and it asked “How many children do you have?” My heart sank and I didn’t know what the right answer was. I had to think about that. Today I can tell you “I have 3 children, one just beat me to Heaven.”

As you process through grief you learn ways to cope and handle the difficult days. Since today would have been Marc’s 36th birthday, I naturally think of how much I miss that young man. I remember the day he was born at 5:20pm. My mind wanders to the memories of bringing him home to his excited 3 year old brother and 2 year old sister. Marc at age 5, when he rode his bike down a hill, into a cement wall and was knocked unconscious because the brakes had failed. Seeing him in that hospital bed with his stuffed lion next to him and watching him wake up and him asking what had happened.

I can still hear his exhausted, raspy voice when he called to tell me he had made it through BUDs (Navy SEAL School). I can still see his smirky grin after he graduated and earned the honor of being a Navy SEAL. He was so proud, as were all of his family.

I remember his final hug as he left after he came to visit me just before he deployed. I remember my final goodbye at Fort Rosecrans Nat’l Cemetery as I fell and hugged the casket realizing I would never feel his embrace, see his smile, hear his voice and laughter. As I said before I have learned ways to cope through the grief.

You can’t ignore grief, you must process through it and accept it. Everything we do we have choices to make and this year on his birthday I choose to remember and honor Marc and the way he lived his life. I will be visiting Fort Rosecrans and will have a birthday dinner with my “adopted boys”, Marc’s teammates who are in the area, we will have cake. After all, it is still Marc’s birthday.

The majority of my day will be spent accepting Marc’s challenge in his last letter home to do random acts of kindness. He ended that letter with “to my family and friends do me a favor, pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life.” I will be finding members of the military and buying meals, coffee, handing out gift cards, flowers and then giving them a copy of Marc’s last letter home, a thank you card, and Marc’s hero card.

Each time I do this it brings so much joy knowing I am honoring Marc and giving others a glimpse into the heart of this amazing hero, my son, my mighty warrior.

My challenge to each of you is to do the same, help me celebrate Marc’s 36th Birthday by doing random acts of kindness today and giving that someone a copy of Marc’s last letter home. Take pictures to document what random acts of kindness you did, then send them to us at info@moveamericaforward.org or post them on our Facebook page or Twitter.

God loaned me Marc for 28 years and he has been deployed to Heaven for a new mission. Marc believed Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior and there is no doubt that we know Marc is there today. I also believe and know I will one day be in Heaven when God calls me home but until then…… by God’s strength, with Marc’s joy, passion and love for life I stay in the battle for our troops and the families of the fallen. I choose to thank God for all the gifts and blessings he has given to me.

Okay now wipe the tears, print Marc’s letter and let’s go change the world!!

HOOYAH MARC LEE!!! I love you forever, Happy 36th birthday in Heaven!

Sincerely,

Debbie Lee
Gold Star Mother of Marc Alan Lee
Spokesperson and Military Liason
Move America Forward

 

Troops Write to Say Thank You for Support!

TROOPS WRITE BACK TO SAY
 THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!

Here at MAF we are very pleased to hear how much encouragement and joy our troops get when they receive a care package from you. With our troops facing danger every single day over in Afghanistan, a single gesture of compassion from you has a tremendous impact. Despite working 18 hours a day for weeks or some days not resting at all, they never give up, never falter, and always get the job done.

We hear over and over again from troops that receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. A message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; love, care, and support!

They can’t wait to open up something from you!!


Thank You Notes from Afghanistan ~ telling us how much these care packages made a difference and had a positive impact.



 

Letters like this remind us every day how much they mean to troops who receive nothing else all year. It’s hard to believe, but most of the time the only thing they will receive while deployed is your care package & your message of support.This next one comes from a Chaplain who requested packages for a few of his troops who really needed a boost in morale. Thanks to your generous support we are able to fulfill these requests whenever we get them.


Reading these messages helps to remind us how important sending care packages to the front lines is. As a MAF supporter, you can be proud to have reached out and touched the hearts and lives of so many troops overseas. THANK YOU!

It is only thanks to your that so many get the love and support they need!
Keep up the good work and donate today!

Good Day Sacramento TV Spot!


CHECK OUT THE TV NEWS COVERAGE!

Thanks to your efforts and generous donations we were able to make headlines Tuesday when MAF delivered more than 2,022 care packages to our local Post Office to be shipped to troops on the front lines.

Supporting the troops who keep us safe is such an important effort, local news stations came by to show the community that our troops will not be forgotten! The morning television show, Good Day Sacramento posted a great video of our shipping day. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!

MAF on Good Day Sacramento 3/11/2014

To those who donated to make this possible, thank you!

THANK YOU “OPERATION: MAIL CALL” HEROES

Our troops will really appreciate what you have accomplished on their behalf. The supporters on this list deserve extra special thanks and recognition for really putting 100% into this effort. They put smiles on the faces of many troops overseas, so thank you all Operation Mail Call Heroes!

 

For those who might not have donated yet, it’s okay don’t worry! MAF ships care packages all year long and if you donate before the end of the day, we’ll make sure your care package gets shipped! Click here to send a care package right now and we’ll box it up and have it delivered as soon as possible!


Support our Troops!

MAF Care Packages Include these great items:
Roger Family Gourmet CoffeeJelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly beans, Swiss Miss Hot ChocolateGenuine Oreo CookiesPainted hills 100% Free Range Beef JerkyPlanters Nuts/Trail MixHoo-Ahhs Extra Large Field TowelsSpeed Stick DeodorantSPF Lip BalmSPF Sunblock“For the Troop” CD’s Featuring Lt Dan Band and Montgomery GentrySupport the troops Military Crisis Wristbands,Military OneSource Resource PacketU.S. ConstitutionVarious Novels and other Reading Material, assorted candy from Hershey company & Mars Chocolate candyPlaying Cards
MOST IMPORTANTLY – EACH CARE PACKAGE COMES WITH A
PERSONAL NOTE YOU FILL OUT WITH YOUR DONATION!

Great Job! OP Mail Call a Success!


GREAT JOB! THANK YOU FOR MAKING
OPERATION MAIL CALL A SUCCESS!

Thanks to your efforts and generous donations we were able to make headlines today when MAF delivered more than 2,022 care packages to our local Post Office where they will be shipped to troops on the front lines.

Supporting the troops who keep us safe is such an important effort, local news stations came by to show how wonderful Operation Mail Call is and get the word out to the community that our troops will not be forgotten!

Here are some awesome pictures from the event today where volunteers came by to help us deliver all the packages at the Post Office:

The crew of the hit CBS 13 morning show GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO came by to film our care package delivery. GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO sent reporter Lori Wallace to cover the event. Here she is posing with MAF’s Melanie Morgan.
Volunteers worked together as a team to unload the truck full of over 2,000 boxes. Inside, volunteers get the boxes ready for the final step in the process. Thousands of shipping lables had to be prepared!
After applying the shipping label and postage, it’s ready to go to Afghanistan! Great job, kids! Our volunteers were working so hard, the Post Office staff really had to huslte to keep up!
After all the care packages were dropped off, volunteers gathered with MAF Chairman and Co-Founder Melanie Morgan at the CBS TV Studio to celebrate a job well done! Volunteers at the TV studio celebrate MAF’s 10th Anniversary with a birthday cake! Our commemrative 10th Anniversary logo is on the cake and the t-shirts!

Thanks to your generosity and hard work, today was one of our largest, most successful shipments of care packages to date.

Supporting the troops is more than just a nice sounding bumper sticker! With MOVE AMERICA FORWARD, it is a sustained effort that we put our heart and soul into because we really appreciate our troops and everything they sacrifice for us!

To those who donated to make today possible, thank you!

Our troops will really appreciate what you have accomplished on their behalf. For those who might not have donated yet, it’s okay don’t worry! MAF ships care packages all year long and if you donate before the end of the day, we’ll make sure your care package gets shipped! Click here to send a care package right now and we’ll box it up and have it delivered as soon as possible!

 


Support our Troops!




MAF Care Packages Include these great items:

Roger Family Gourmet CoffeeJelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly beans, Swiss Miss Hot ChocolateGenuine Oreo CookiesPainted hills 100% Free Range Beef JerkyPlanters Nuts/Trail MixHoo-Ahhs Extra Large Field TowelsSpeed Stick DeodorantSPF Lip BalmSPF Sunblock“For the Troop” CD’s Featuring Lt Dan Band and Montgomery GentrySupport the troops Military Crisis Wristbands,Military OneSource Resource PacketU.S. ConstitutionVarious Novels and other Reading Material, assorted candy from Hershey company & Mars Chocolate candyPlaying CardsMOST IMPORTANTLY – EACH CARE PACKAGE COMES WITH A
PERSONAL NOTE YOU FILL OUT WITH YOUR DONATION!

Support is Coming In – Keep it Up!

SUPPORT IS COMING IN – KEEP IT  UP!

CARE PACKAGES WILL SHIP ALL DAY!

HURRY!

Care package shipment is underway – we’ve been working all morning at the Post Office, dropping off and processing care packages with volunteers. We have already processed over 2,000 care packages!

Volunteers are here with MAF at the Post Office, getting these boxes packed up and off to our troops on the front lines! We are going to max out the day by keeping the care package assembly operation humming until we can’t ship anymore and the post office closes at 9 PM.

That means if you have not donated yet there is still time!

The volunteers are here and working hard! Training some first-time volunteers.
We’ve got lots of boxes ready – but we need more! We’ll be here until 9pm so act now!

We’re going to keep working until the Post Office closes at 9pm so hurry up and make a donation now to get your care package on the plane and off to Afghanistan.

We’ve already shipped thousands of packages this year, but there are 38,000 troops

still on the front lines in Afghanistan and we are committed to supporting them until every last Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine comes home! Click here to send a care package before the Post Office closes at 9 PM and we’ll box it up and have it delivered!


Support our Troops!
 

MAF Care Packages Include these great items:
Roger Family Gourmet CoffeeJelly Belly “Candy Diplomacy” Jelly beans, Swiss Miss Hot ChocolateGenuine Oreo CookiesPainted hills 100% Free Range Beef JerkyPlanters Nuts/Trail MixHoo-Ahhs Extra Large Field TowelsSpeed Stick DeodorantSPF Lip BalmSPF Sunblock“For the Troop” CD’s Featuring Lt Dan Band and Montgomery GentrySupport the troops Military Crisis Wristbands,Military OneSource Resource PacketU.S. ConstitutionVarious Novels and other Reading Material, assorted candy from Hershey company & Mars Chocolate candyPlaying Cards

MOST IMPORTANTLY – EACH CARE PACKAGE COMES WITH A
PERSONAL NOTE YOU FILL OUT WITH YOUR DONATION!

March Monthly Newsletter

LOOK WHO’S TURNING 10!!

Move America Forward is proud to announce that we are celebrating 10 years of unwavering support of our troops.  From the start we at Move America Forward have dedicated our mission to supporting our troops in their war against terror.  From our first Troopathon on we have learned how many other people like us who love our troops and want to support them and our support programs have allowed us and them to continue standing proudly behind them.

Many things have changed over the past ten years, some good, and some not, however through all the changes our country has seen,  Move America Forward has held fast to its commitment to our troops.

Our Outreach Director, Scott Raab has a unique perspective on just how special it is to receive a care package.  As one of MAF’s veterans, Scott personally knows what it feels like to receive a package when he was far from home. “As a combat veteran who actually received Care Packages while deployed, it is a great honor for me to ensure that others are receiving the same support on the front lines today. Every day we work to help our heroes and getting to know them, their families or any of the hundreds of thousands of our supporters is a privilege, one I am thankful for everyday.”  — Scott Raab, Outreach Director.

As social media director, Jonathan Salazar keeps his finger on the pulse of MAF’s twitter and facebook outreach efforts. “MAF is an exceptional organization that supports our Military members and their families. I am privileged to work with wonderful individuals who love this country and support our Military – may we always support our troops.”– Jonathan Salazar, Social Media Director

While not a veteran herself, Lisa Baron, our Director of Troop Support is married to a veteran and also the daughter of a WWII  Marine. “I am so honored to help our troops in some small way, especially through overseeing our Monthly Smiles Program and our Corporate Program which allows caring citizens and companies to show their support.” – Lisa Baron, Director of Troop Support

In honor of our ten year anniversary, we created a special new logo.

All of us at Move America Forward are deeply connected to our support mission, but probably no one more so than our own Debbie Lee “Being part of MAF for over 7 years, I have been blessed and am honored to work with patriots and supporters whose priority has been to let our brave warriors serving know that we love and appreciate them. We will never forget their sacrifices for our freedoms! –Debbie Lee, Proud Mother of Navy SEAL Marc Alan Lee KIA 8-2-06

In honor of our ten year anniversary, please take the time to honor those who sacrifice and serve on our behalf.

Since my son Marc’s death I have dedicated my life to honoring and supporting our troops and the families of the fallen. I do understand who pays the price for my freedoms!

Men and women through the ages have defended you and I and the freedoms we enjoy every day. I don’t think a day has passed since 2006 that I haven’t had the privilege of shaking a Veterans hand and giving him a thank you card as a small token of my appreciation. I’ve spoke at numerous military organizations and groups across the US and am always humbled to be in the presence of those who were willing to give their lives for me.

Several years ago I was invited to speak to our local chapter of the Vietnam Vets of America. After speaking they wanted to support me and be able to do something to help other Gold Star families who stayed at the Heroes Hope Home in Surprise, AZ. We determined that a fire pit in the back yard and a memorial area for all of the branches of the military would be just the project.

Last month I hosted these Vietnam Veterans to a thank you luncheon and dedication of the fire pit and memorial area. It was a beautiful 75 degree afternoon celebrated with local Gold Star families and the caring and generous group of Vietnam Vets.



Our Vietnam vets were treated so poorly when they came home and I believe they are the reason so many work so hard to make sure our troops coming home today are thanked and honored.

It still isn’t uncommon for me to shake a hand and say thank you to a Vietnam Vet and have him reply with tears in his eyes, “You are the first one that has said thank you to me since I returned home.”

March 30th has been declared by our Senate as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. I typically spend that day accepting the challenge in Marc’s last letter home and honoring our Vietnam Vets by visiting the local restaurants and coffee shops and treating the Vietnam Vets who are there to a meal or coffee. It is such an honor and a rewarding experience.

I would encourage each of you to read Marc’s last letter and accept his challenge to do those random acts of kindness for our Vets. March 20th is also Marc’s birthday and I will be honoring and remembering him in San Diego, where he is buried, by passing out his last letter home and doing Random Acts of Kindness!

To all of those who are reading this who are Vietnam Vets, “Welcome Home!” To everyone who has served, you are my heroes and I am always so happy and honored to hear from you!

Counting my blessings and you are one!

Debbie

Troop Tweets

Are you on Twitter? Follow us @M_A_F to share your story, let others know how to donate and even request a care package to be sent out for you. Stay informed on the latest news.  Use the #SOT and #CarePackage hashtags to let everyone know how to help.

So go ahead and tweet us a troop picture or support message @M_A_F and you just might find your tweet featured in one of our upcoming newsletter!




MAF IS PROUD TO HONOR
LANCE CPL. CALEB ERICKSON
OF MINNESOTA


Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson, USMC


Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson, 20, of Waseca, Minn.., was killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Provence on February 28, according to a news release from the Department of Defense.
The Defense Department reports, Lance Cpl. Erickson’s convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber. Erickson was the gunner in the last truck of the convoy when it was attacked according to reports from his family members. Erickson was airlifted to a military medical facility, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Erickson, a 2012 graduate of Waseca High School was a starter on the varsity football team and also a wrestler, according to his father. According to his father, Caleb’s grandfather had served in World War II and Caleb had planned on joining the Marines since he was 16 years old.

Erickson, a Marine deployed out of Camp Lejeune in October, 2013 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Caleb Erickson is survived by his parents, Barry and Karla Erickson, and a sister, Rue Erickson.

Operation Mail Call: HUGE SUCCESS SO FAR!

 

Move America Forward had a very GOOD problem that we urgently needed your help with last month.

As a result of the holiday generosity of several great companies, we received a large influx of donated items that our troops need. Move America Forward staff and volunteers have been working around the clock to pack and prepare all the extra donated product for shipping but we had a big problem. With so many extra boxes, we simply didn’t have the extra money for postage to ship the much needed supplies and care packages to our troops!

We had 1,620 boxes of care packages and supplies packed and ready to ship, but without money for postage, they were stuck in our Sacramento warehouse.  We needed your help to purchase postage and get them out of our warehouse, where they are doing no good, and over to Afghanistan and into the arms of our troops that so desperately need them.

Now we are so close!!! With your help we are going be able to get all 1,620 boxes. Thanks to all who participated, if you can please help us send one of these love packages to our troops. It will be greatly appreciated and do a lot of good for someone so far away!!

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 (http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/) and paste it into an e-mail 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


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Groups Send Our Troops a Great Big Valentine’s Hug


Dexter United Methodist Girl Scouts and Sunday School Classes Enjoyed Putting Their Personal Touches on Their Valentine’s Cards for the Troops

Thanks to the generosity of students from Dexter United Methodist Sunday School and their Girl Scout troops in Michigan; St Philomene Catholic School students in Sacramento, California who also participated last year;   Lakewood Elementary in El Dorado, California;  Raelene Nunn; and Cindy & Susan from Pony Express, our February care packages included over 800 hand-made Valentine’s cards full of love and support for our troops.

We wanted to make sure this Valentine’s Day our troops would be treated to some extra special packages. We sent out a call to our supporters and asking them to take part in a project to bring some heart-felt love to our troops and these groups and individuals answered the call in a big way.

Troops love to receive care packages full of goodies from home, but time and time again, we hear about how  these troops treasure the notes of support that are included long after the last cookie is munched and the last bit of beef jerky is nothing but a memory.  Troops often carry these reminders of loving support with them in their personal packs, that’s just how highly valued they are.

According to Joan Klark from Dexter United Methodist Church in Dexter, Michigan ” The church is very active in the community, and the invitation to send Valentines was well received. Many children and young people participated in our invitation. The response we received from the children and youth and others in our church and community was outstanding. Several Girl Scout troops took part as well.”

  “Our whole school got together to make Valentines’ Day cards.  We are a small school, 101 students.  Thank you again.” said  Gretchen Novis, of St. Philomene School.

Thanks to all the schools, groups and individuals who participated, MAF is so grateful to them for the extra special Valentine’s our troops will receive.

Did You Know?…

March 4, 1789 – After adopting the U.S. Constitution, the first meeting of Congress under the Constitution took place in New York City.

March 5, 1770 – The Boston Massacre took place as a group of Americans taunted British troops who then opened fire, killing five and injuring six.

March 6, 1836 – The Alamo falls to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna. “Remember the Alamo” became a rallying cry for Texans who went on to defeat Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto in April.

March 11, 1918 – The first cases of Spanish Influenza on U.S. soil are reported as over 100 soldiers become sick at Fort Riley, Kansas. Over the next two years nearly one fourth of the U.S. population falls ill from the pandemic, resulting in more than 500,000 U.S. deaths. Worldwide this deadly virus killed an estimated 50 million people by the end of 1920.

March 19, 2003 – The United States launched an aerial strike targeting military sites against Iraq in an attempt to topple dictator Saddam Hussein from power. The air strikes were swiftly followed by a ground invasion of Southern Iraq by U.S. and British ground troops. The troops swiftly advanced North and conquered  Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, just 21 days later, ending the despotic rule of Saddam Hussein

March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry delivers his now famous lines, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” during his speech at the Virginia convention in Richmond, VA which helped further spark the fires of revolution.

March 30, 1981 – Following a speech at a hotel in Washington, D.C., President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by John Hinkley, Jr. while walking toward his limousine. The president was then rushed into surgery to remove a 22-caliber bullet from his left lung. Secret service agent Timothy McCarthy and police officer Thomas Delahanty were shot as well as Reagan’s Press Secretary, James Brady, who was shot in the head and remains partially paralyzed but survived. Hinkley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and remains incarcerated in a psychiatric facility.

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