Answer the Call & Join the MAF Heroes Wall!

Donate $100 or More and Be a Hero for Our Troops!
Time is running out to help our troops! We have set a goal to raise $15,000 to help three special units currently deployed who wrote directly to MAF and asked for our help and for us to send them supplies and care packages.

Today we’d like to take a minute to recognize and thank all those donors who have really stepped it up for the troops. We call them our MAF Heroes. These are generous individuals who made a donation of $100 or more to support our 831st Transportation Battalion and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

So far we have raised $7,024 towards our goal. That means we still have to raise $7,976 and we are running out of time! Click here if you want to donate right now!

 

Join Our MAF Heroes Wall!

Don’t forget that we now have over 15,000 troops deployed over Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan our mission to train the Afghan national police and army continues.

The Taliban is still a huge threat and our troops have to safeguard all the progress they have made over the years to ensure that power does not slip back into the wrong hands as we are transitioning out of there. In Iraq our troops are quickly training and supplying the Iraqi army which is still ill-equipped to fight ISIS.

We can’t let any of our troops feel forgotten. We know from the letters we receive back that sometimes a package from Move America Forward is the only piece some troops get in a whole 6-9 month deployment. We don’t want to let any of our troops feel lonely for forgotten, so please help if you can. It only costs $24.99 to sponsor a small pack.

Every little bit helps.

And if you simply cannot afford even a small pack donation, you can still help out by forwarding this email to your friends and family and spreading the word about our troops in need!Forward to a friend, like us on facebook, tweet @m_a_f and do whatever you can to get the word out!

 

These troops asked that we send them supplies and help

Time is running out, we need to step it up!

Time is running out to help our troops! We have set a goal to raise $15,000 to help three special units currently deployed who wrote directly to MAF and asked for our help and for us to send them supplies and care packages.

So far we have raised $5,124 towards our goal, so we still have a long way to go and we are running out of time! Click here if you want to donate right now!

Don’t forget that we now have over 15,000 troops deployed over Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan our mission to train the Afghan national police and army continues.

The Taliban is still a huge threat and our troops have to safeguard all the progress they have made over the years to ensure that power does not slip back into the wrong hands as we are transitioning out of there. In Iraq our troops are quickly training and supplying the Iraqi army which is still ill-equipped to fight ISIS.

Imagine being thousands of miles away from your family and friends, in a foreign country You are fighting an elusive and deadly enemy, Islamic terrorists, but your mission goals seem confused and your Commander-in-Chief refuses to even give your enemy a name. Unlike previous years where the war dominated the headlines, the news reporters seldom, if ever, talk about you anymore. You may feel as if you’ve been asked to serve your Nation, but just as quickly been forgotten in a dark and lonely corner of the world.

We can’t let any of our troops feel this way. We know from the letters we receive back that sometimes a package from Move America Forward is the only piece some troops get in a whole 6-9 month deployment. We don’t want to let any of our troops feel lonely for forgotten, so please help if you can. It only costs $24.99 to sponsor a small pack.

Every little bit helps.

And if you simply cannot afford even a small pack donation, you can still help out by forwarding this email to your friends and family and spreading the word about our troops in need!Forward to a friend, like us on facebook, tweet @m_a_f and do whatever you can to get the word out!

Andrew Breitbart’s Enduring Influence

Andrew Breitbart was our friend, our colleague, and a leader in supporting America’s troops. All of us here at Move America Forward are forever grateful for Andrew’s friendship and participation in so many MAF projects, especially the Troopathon. His appreciation for the sacrifices made by the troops for our freedoms ran deep in his veins.

On March 1st 2012, we were shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Andrew had passed away. Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out to his wife, his four children, and the rest of his family. May he continue to rest in peace with God in Heaven. 

Today we remember and celebrate his life and efforts.

When we started Troopathon (our annual campaign to raise money for care packages for the troops), Andrew was instantly on board.  He co-anchored each Troopathon with great gusto, bringing along some of his Hollywood friends and media connections.  His generosity and selflessness was well known among his friends and close associates and was on full display for Troopathon.

Whether it was riding his roller blades across the set while we were live, offering to let Alec Baldwin punch him is the face as long as he made a donation, or even going as far as to put on a tie (something he rarely did), he was fully dedicated to raising as much money as possible to this worthy cause.

From 2008-2011 Andrew helped support this amazing effort to send care packages to our troops overseas. He was instrumental in making it a success and co-hosted the event in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was scheduled to co-host again in 2012 before he was suddenly taken from us. 

Andrew Breitbart on Troopathon Throughout the Years

 It means the world to our troops to have a public expression of support for them and their mission. We never, ever want another Vietnam Syndrome to affect the United States when our troops went unappreciated and even scorned by some for their service to our country. Andrew was never afraid to say that he supported the troops or their missions overseas, and he fought for them tirelessly.

Three years later, we still miss Andrew terribly, and it’s safe to say nobody can fill the enormous shoes he left behind. Andrew made an indelible mark on the conservative movement and we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have known and worked with him. Today, MAF continues supporting our troops and their missions because we know Andrew would told us: “Never give up! Never surrender! Always stand strong in support of our troops!”

We Need to Pick Up the Pace!

ANSWER THE CALL CAMPAIGN

Patriots,, it has been four days since we started our Answer the Call Campaign to assist three units in Afghanistan and Iraq who need our help. After these four days, we have raised only $2,496 towards our ambitious goal of $15,000.

Remember that there are now almost 15,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, so there are still many, many troops on the front lines who need your help!

The first of the three units we’re sending this shipment to is the 831st Transportation Battalion. These fine men and women are deployed throughout Afghanistan and they’ve still got many months to go before their deployment is over. See here the letter we received back from them regarding their tour of duty.

The 831st is responsible for transporting equipment, supplies, ammunition, and anything else our troops need whenever they’re deployed anywhere in the world. They are the backbone of the U.S. Army’s supply chain.

These troops need our help! They are flying and trucking supplies into some of the most dangerous places and we’ve got to keep them going because many more troops depend on the supplied brought by the 831st!


Sincerely,
Scott Raab
USN OEF/OIF
Outreach Director | Move America Forward

P.S.: We will be announcing our 2nd unit tomorrow so watch your e-mail for the important news!

Answer the Call – Three Units Need Our Help

We’ve Set An Ambitious Goal – We Need All Hands on Deck!

We are constantly getting requests for care packages and signups through our website, but every so often we run across a specific unit serving overseas that has unique hardship or set of circumstances which we need to respond to with extra support – in the last few weeks we’ve had several such opportunities open up for units serving in Afghanistan on the front lines.

There are almost 15,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan and Iraq with a fair chance that even more may be deployed. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 to help these and more units who need our support in the face of adversity and struggle – Will You Answer the Call?

So far we’ve raised about $1,525 so we have a long way to go, but we are confident that with your help we can reach our goal in a few weeks!

We are so lucky at Move America Forward to have supporters like you who make it possible for us to help so many troops who risk their lives for our safety and freedom. We pride ourselves on shipping the very best quality products and supplies that our troops need.

There are almost 15,000 men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Show them your support! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops right now!



We will reveal all three special units in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! The first of the three units we need to help is the 831st Transportation Battalion.

Here is the logo of the SDDC, a white-silver spear on a green field. This logo is shared by the 831st Transportation Battalion with all the units that fall under the umbrella of the Army’s SDDC or Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. The green and white tip of the spear logo is displayed prominently on all unit patches and in this photo from a re-enlistment ceremony hosted by the 831st Transportation Battalion.

 

The 831st is responsible for transporting equipment, supplies, ammunition, and anything else our troops need whenever they’re deployed anywhere in the world. They are the backbone of the U.S. Army’s supply chain.

This unit is divided into several detachments that operate from airbases all throughout the toughest most dangerous parts of Afghanistan including Bagram, Leatherneck, Mazar-E-Sharif and Kandahar.

These troops need our help! They are flying and trucking supplies into some of the most dangerous places and we’ve got to keep them going because many more troops depend on the supplied brought by the 831st!


Your Valentine’s Day Compared to the Troops

DON’T FORGET – VALENTINE’S DAY 5 DAYS AWAY!
LAST CHANCE TO SEND SUPPORT TO TROOPS IN NEED!


While you plan a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day, our troops
are on patrol and serving their country just like any other day!


Valentine’s Day is this Saturday and many couples are thinking about last minute preparations for this special occasion. But it’s even more important to remember our troops serving in Afghanistan and send them a care package. While people back home are trying to plan how to spend Valentine’s Day with their loved ones, getting gifts, signing cards, or making dinner reservations, our troops deployed in the Middle East are checking their equipment, preparing for watch, and going on patrol. It’s a sacrifice they are willing to make for all of us in order to keep America safe!

As you are doing your holiday planning today, think about what our troops are up to:


Calling to make dinner reservations at that exclusive restaurant?
Our troops are calling in positions of Taliban fighters.


Giving your sweetheart some Valentine’s chocolates?
Give the troops Sweethearts candy, V-Day chocolate and cards in every box!


This Valentine’s Day show the troops you care
and send them a personal note from you, along with much needed supplies and boxes of Valentine’s candy.
Don’t let our troops in Afghanistan or Iraq be forgotten, sponsor a care package now. CLICK HERE TO SEND SUPPORT!



Sharing a drink with friends and loved ones?
Our troops struggle to stay hydrated in the harsh climate!


Renting a limo so you can ride in style?
Our troops dodge IED’s every day in their HMMWVs.


Looking forward to a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant?
Our troops make due with MRE’s unless they are lucky enough
to get a care package sponsored by someone like YOU!

SCHOOL KIDS WRITE VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS FOR THE TROOPS
“THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING AND MAKING THE WORLD FREE”


Move America Forward has reached out to local area schools to help them connect with troops in Afghanistan. We’re including some Valentine’s Day cards prepared by kids from grades 1-6 who wanted to say “It is an honor to be writing a letter to a soldier. You are a hero to the USA.”

Here are some MORE examples of Valentine’s Day cards we’ve collected from the kids!


Help us get these cute Valentine’s Day cards over to the troops in Afghanistan! They are as uplifting as they are adorable, and the troops need to see them!

You can send them some love with your personal message attached to a care package full of things that they want. Valentine’s Day may be a day for loved ones, couples and family, but no matter what day of the year it is, no one deserves our respect and support more than our troops.

 

Introducing Valentine’s Day Packages for the Troops

VALENTINE’S DAY 10 DAYS AWAY – SPONSOR A CARE PACKAGE NOW!

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 have put together a special care package that includes special pro-troop Valentine’s heart candies 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.

OP Mail Call Success – Thank You!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING OPERATION MAIL CALL SUCCESSFUL

 

 

Dear friends,

MAF Blogger Danny here with a personal message to you. First of all, we are happy to announce that we have reached our goal to raise $13,800, enough to pay for the postage to send 1,000 packages of Coffee, Girl Scout Cookies, See’s Candies, and other great items to our troops over in Afghanistan who really need our support! Thanks to your support these thousand care packages will bring a lot of joy to the troops lucky enough to receive them.

You have been receiving plenty of emails over the past few weeks, as we have been trying hard to reach our goal and sending out plenty of requests for more donations. Some of you might be annoyed by the constant stream of emails, and we are sorry if they get annoying, but please understand that it was necessary to reach our goal, which we finally did! Please also bear in mind that we do our best to bring you fresh information and interesting news stories along with every fundraising email.

I know that Move America Forward is only one of dozens of great organizations that help our active duty military or our veterans and you probably hear from several other organizations as well, also asking for help. So it means a lot to our team that you choose to give us your support, knowing full well that you could choose any number of other groups to give your donations.

I have been working with MAF since 2007 when I first joined Move America Forward on the road, visiting cities across the country on our “Fight for Victory” Caravan and since then I have accompanied MAF on almost every event, protest, fundraiser, rally, or parade as a writer and camera man, doing my best to bring you the story as I saw it.

We’ve rallied in support of our troops with thousands of flag waving patriots in almost every state of the Union. Together, we’ve protested agaisnt the likes of CODE PINK, Answer Coalition, Michael Moore, Bill Ayers, the Berkeley City Council and more. We’ve been fortunate enough to have great allies in this fight…like Andrew Breitbart, a dear friend whom we loved and continue to miss. Our Troopathons have featured the most recognizable pro-troop celebrities like Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Mike Huckabee, Gary Sinise, Robert Davi, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and so many more!

MAF has sent delegations to Iraq four times, in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. While there we spent time with our troops on the front lines, we spoke to Iraqi military and government officials and we even saw the local Iraqi kids grateful for our troops being there to protect them. We also visited Guantanamo Bay in 2008 and saw how the media claims about mistreatment were completely made up. Over the years we’ve sent over 320 tons of care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Looking back on it all, it’s really quite an impressive list of accomplishments, and I only list them in order to emphasize the fact that we couldn’t have accomplished any of it without you and your generous support. Thank you for your years of being part of the MAF family and I hope you join me and the whole MAF team in looking forward to accomplishing more in the months to come.

We Are Very Close to Our Goal

Please Help Put Us Over the Top!
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Huge thank you to everyone who has donated, we are almost all the way to our goal of raising the postage money for 1,000 packages! We’ve got most of these packages already packed, sealed, and ready to go, thanks to the efforts of volunteers who boxed up over 700 last week.

Now we’re almost ready to start shipping, but we still need to raise $1,825 before we can ship all 1,000 boxes! We are very close to our goal, please help put us over the top with a donation today!

 

The cost to mail each box is $13.80 from the USPS.  That means we need $13,800 to mail 1,000 boxes and we’re only $1,825 away from our goal! We are so very close, will you help us reach our goal tonight?

JOIN MAF’S HEROES WALL
We would like to recognize the following donors who REALLY stepped up and donated over $100 to the Operation: Mail Call over the past 2 weeks. The following people are MAF Heroes by being heroes to our troops and giving so much to support them while they are deployed on the front lines. Join the MAF Heroes Wall today and see your name on the list!

Go Watch American Sniper!

Pro-Troop Movie Night: Go Watch American Sniper in Theaters

Take Advantage of this Special Opportunity from MAF

Move America Forward wants you to join us for a celebration of the release of the new movie American Sniper, the new film opening this week directed by Clint Eastwood. This is the story of Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper, the deadliest sniper in American history. Not only is this a great story about one of the most accomplished military members in American history, it’s also a tragedy as Chris was murdered by a fellow veteran who was unstable and suffered from extreme PTSD.

We recently received hundreds of free boxes of See’s Candy, authentic Girl Scout Cookies and a surplus of gourmet coffee that we received from Rogers Family Coffee Company.

Here is the problem we are facing: with so many extra boxes, we don’t have the money for postage to ship the much needed supplies and care packages to our troops!

It only costs $13.80 to just for postage to send a box to our troops, so we have set a goal of $13,800 to send 1,000 boxes but we need your help – please help us reach our goal!

 

 

If you make a donation of $100 or more right now, we will send you a gift certificate to go see American Sniper in theaters. With one donation you can help out our troops who really need your support, as well as treat yourself to a great Pro-Troop Movie Night!

This movie hits home personally for MAF’s own Debbie Lee, because she knew Christ Kyle in life, he was one of her adopted boys. Chirs Kyle was a Navy SEAL and he served on SEAL Team Three, which is the team her son Marc Alan Lee was deployed with when he was killed in Ramadi, Iraq on August 2nd, 2006.

Debbie was so close with Chris Kyle because Chris was on that mission with Marc on the day he died. Marc is featured in the film, played by Luke Grimes, so this is a very personal connection for Debbie Lee, who was invited to the premiere and met director Clint Eastwood and the star of the film Cooper.

I sent Bradley Marc’s memorial bracelet, Marc’s challenge coin that Chris carried in his pocket everyday and had on him when he died. I also sent Marc’s memorial patch that his teammates had made and wore the rest of his deployment in Marc’s memory.

To my surprise a few weeks after I sent the package I received 2 dozen white roses from Bradley Cooper. I was shocked. The flowers arrived as I was headed out the door for San Diego to visit Marc’s grave for his birthday. When the florist made the delivery and before I opened the card, I guessed that it was from one of my “adopted boys.”

So you can imagine the shock when I read the card. That was something Chris would have done, maybe Bradley does have the heart to play Chris.

Debbie Lee
Mother of Marc Alan Lee
US Navy SEAL
KIA 8-2-2006

We want you to go see this film. Not only is it an important and powerful story, but there is a strong connection to MAF’s Debbie Lee. So to get more people out to the cinemas, we’re offering this special limited time deal – –

donate $100 or more to MAF and we’ll send you a $25 gift certificate, about enough for 2 tickets to see this great work of art that honors our troops!

IMPORTANT!!!
In order to receive your electronic gift certificate for the tickets you MUST provide a valid e-mail address when you make your donation! The e-mail you provide is where the redeemable electronic gift certificate will be sent.
Please note your tax deductible gift to Move America Forward will be the amount of your donation minus the cost of the movie tickets ($25). So if you donate $100, the amount you can deduct on your federal income tax is $75. If you donate 250, the amount that you can deduct is $225.