OBAMA’S BENGHAZI SCANDAL ERUPTING
But Do Americans Realize What’s Really Going On?
The Obama Administration is under fire on multiple fronts this week, but the most disturbing is the information that has come out about Benghazi. We know this: Americans died, maybe because of ination in Washington, and the story from the Obama Administration was clearly false.
There are only 6 days left until Mother’s Day, that means time is running out to sponsor a great Mother’s Day care package from Move America Forward!
Wounded Warrior Care Packages:
A New Mission of Troop Support
Our wounded troops and vets need your help! Give thanks to our active duty troops and veterans by providing personal “Ditty Bags” full of the items requested by the VA and Walter Reed!
When bombs started exploding and terrorism brought confusion and panic to the streets of Boston, members of the Massachussetts Army National Guard snapped right to action to help the wounded.
1st Sergeant Bernard Madore was one of several troops present when the attack happened, and like his fellow soldiers, they showed why U.S. troops are the best in the world.
|1st sgt., fellow Guardsmen aid injured at Boston tragedy
April 20, 2013
By Meghann Myers, Staff WriterFirst Sgt. Bernard Madore spent most of the Boston Marathon doing what first sergeants do: keeping his men on track, joking around, playfully shouting at the other runners to “get up the hill!”The fun came to an abrupt end the afternoon of April 15, when two explosive devices went off near the finish line, killing three and injuring more than 180. That’s when Madore’s training kicked in.“I started looking up and around as soon as it went off to see where’s it going?” Madore told Army Times. “And then there was a secondary bomb, so we paused to look around, because you don’t know if somebody’s going to start shooting or what.”
Madore and several other soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard’s 1,060th Transportation Company had ruck-marched the 26.2-mile race to raise money for the nonprofit Military Friends Foundation. They were waiting in a medical tent for the last members of their group to catch up when the first blast went off around the corner.
The men rushed toward the scene and immediately began helping first-responders tear down a barricade that separated spectators from the marathon route. When the uninjured were freed, it was on to the next step.
“A medical assistant yelled at me, ‘Hey, Army guy! Go do triage!’ ” Madore recalled.
For his part, Madore, a 26-year National Guard veteran with two deployments to Iraq, has returned home to Derry, N.H., but not without a changed perspective.
“I’ve seen bombs go off and accidents and blood and gore,” he said. “Just to see that there – especially in the streets where I grew up – it was really devastating to me that this happened on our ground. And how dare they?”
We are thankful for the heroism displayed by Madore and his fellow Guardsmen. They ran towards the sound of violence, without hesitation, to help the innocent people harmed in this evil and senseless act of terrorism.
Their willingness to put their own lives at risk, not knowing if they might be running into an ambush, a hail of gunfire, or another bomb blast, shows the awesome and selfless caliber of the men and women who serve in our armed forces.
According to official reports so far, none of those injured in the blasts were reported to be military, but while we are lucky that no troops were injuried on that day, there are injured troops at Walter Reed receiving treatment who need your help! Please help us send Ditty Bags to recovering troops at WRMMC.
Give thanks to our active duty troops and veterans by providing personal “Ditty Bags” full of the items requested by the VA and Walter Reed!
The VA continues to make news this month targeted for lacking efficiency or expediency, thanks to the inneficiency caused by a failed domestic policy. Unfortunately, our troops often encounter too much difficulty trying to get the care they deserve.
The VA Hospitals suffer from having to deal with the inefficient and bloated federal bureacracy. Regulations interfere with their ability to provide care for our troops. As a result, Veterans who have nowhere else to go for healthcare have no choice but to deal with the long waits and vent their frustrations later.
They don’t have the resources they need to get our Vets the care they really need – we can help by providing bags full of useful items a Vet needs as soon as they check into the hospital – send one now!
|House Impatient with VA’s Disability Backlog
by Susan Crabtree
April 18, 2013
President Obama touts veterans care as a top priority of his presidency, but lawmakers increasingly weary of the long waits and hassles that veterans face in receiving disability benefits are pressuring Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinsheki to produce results.With thousands of service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and trying to transition to civilian jobs, Mr. Obama and Congress have expanded the VA budget each year since 2009, doling out $25 billion in extra spending every year and sparing it from sequestration while other agencies have seen their budgets pinched.But the extra money hasn’t solved problems that have plagued the agency for decades and been exacerbated by the wars. As thousands of new veterans have flooded into the system, they wait months sometimes years to have their disability claims processed.There’s a glut of nearly a million pending disability claims at Veteran Affairs, 630,000 of which have been in limbo for more than 125 days, up from 164,000 in October 2009.
Nearly a million claims still waiting for attention…if the government can’t provide for our troops…who will? Is there nothing we can do about this?
We can’t just stand by and let our troops suffer while we look the other way. We aren’t doctors or care providers, so unfortunately we can’t step in and do the government’s job for them, but we will do whatever we can to help our troops. We developed the “Ditty Bags” as a way to provide support and a little bit of care for our veterans and troops receiving treatment at VA Hospitals and Military Medical Centers.
It’s the best we can do to try to help our troops who, years after serving, continue to suffer from injuries they received in the line of duty. Won’t you help these veterans today? Click here to sponsor a ditty bag now.
It’s unfortunate that our troops give so much and make such enormous sacrifice only to come home and encounter such difficulty trying to get the care they deserve. The VA Hospitals can sometimes suffer from inefficient and bloated management, and veterans who have nowhere else to go for healthcare have no choice but to deal with the long waits and vent their frustration later.
We need your help! We aren’t receiving enough support for our wounded troops!
Last week MAF revealed our next project to support the troops – sending “Ditty Bags” full of necessary items to veterans receiving treatment at VA hospitals and active duty troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Donations have been coming in, but we need more! There are hundreds of troops waiting for ditty bags and they need your help today! (more…)
1st Tank Battalion Needs Your Help Today!
Move America Forward is continuing to answer the call by our brave Marines, supporting the 1st Marine Division (1MARDIV), the oldest, largest, and most decorated division in the United States Marine Corps. The 1st Tank Battalion is supporting the Global War on Terrorism by providing armored combat power to the 1MARDIV in the form of amphibious and maritime pre-positioned forces to conduct operations ashore using overwhelming firepower to close with and destroy the enemy.
To maximize our mission of supporting our troops who are on the front lines of the War on Terror, we’ve adopted the 1st Tank Battalion of Marines in the 1st Marine Division who are serving on the front lines in Afghanistan.
Currently, the tank battalion has 600 brave Marines fighting in Afghanistan that need Care Packages. Over the next several weeks we will campaign to send care packages to all 800 of the Marines that bravely serve in the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. They really need your help!
This is an important opportunity for you to make a huge difference in the lives of some Marines who are making a huge difference in the war to keep America safe from the threat of terrorists.
Just as with the 3/5 Marines we were sending packages to recently, the 1st Tank Battalion has a long and storied legacy of service and duty.
The 1st Tank Battalion was formed in 1941 out of the famous Marine Base at Camp Lejune, NC, where many Marines still train today.
The 1 Tank BN saw action in WW2 throughout the South Pacific campaign. They were at Guadalcanal, they fought in New Guinea, and were part of the assault on Okinawa.
Since then the 1st Tank Battalion participated in every major conflict, from Korea, to Vietnam, to the first Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now they’re fighting in Afghanistan.
As a separate battalion, First Tank Battalion is responsible to the Commanding General, 1st Marine Division for providing armored assets as well as anti-armor systems and staff expertise in their employment..
Help us reach every single one of these Marines, giving them the personal thanks they deserve. Each of our care packages have items they can use as soon as they open the box, everything from fresh coffee, treats and hygiene products simply not available to them on the front lines.
A NEW MISSION OF TROOP SUPPORT
Dear Friends, we are proud to announce that less than a week after introducing our newest program to support the troops, MAF will be entering into partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to bolster “Operation: Ditty Bag” for Veterans receiving treatment at VA Hospitals, and now Military Hospitals, thanks to participation from Walter Reed.
Walter Reed, located in Bethesda, MD., is well known as the hospital where troops from the front lines go when they receive injuries in Afghanistan and other battlefields in the war on terror. During the height of the Iraq war, thousands of injured troops received life-saving treatment at Walter Reed. Walter Reed continues to serve some of the most badly injured troops, so we are doing our part to support them with MAF’s latest and greatest program.
“DITTY+BAGS” HELP WOUNDED
TROOPS AT VETERAN’S HOSPITALS
Move America Forward has been dedicated to making sure the brave men and women who serve everyday under fire and in harms way always know they are supported, that we the American people remember them, support them and salute them.
Our highly successful care package program has delivered over 215 tons of care packages filled with the products they want and need. Plus each is packed with helpful information and the most imporatant item a personal message from you.
But many of our troops still feel the effects of battle long after they return home. Over 8 million veterans are in enrolled in the Department of Veteran Affairs system where they can be getting a routine checkup to life saving surgeryies. With this in mind MAF would like to help in a new way. We are launching “Operation Ditty Bag.”
Every VA Hospital in the United states has use for a “Ditty Bag”, or personal patient kit. In fact many Hospitals create their own and costs add up. In partnership with the VA we have developed our own Ditty bag that you can sponsor with a small donation. This Ditty bag contains the essentials for personal hygiene, grooming, and extras to make their stay easier.
Help us take care of our wounded Veterans who have returned home by donating a MAF “Ditty Bag” that the VA hospitals can make sure goes to good use. By making your donation you are not only letting the VA spend its money in other arrea’s but making sure that sick veterans are getting exactly what the VA says they need.
Our Ditty Bags are durable, flame retardant “Cinch Bags” filled to the brim with items the VA has requested. They are designed to allow a veteran to carry around the essentials during their stay while at the same time let them keep their hospital and other paper work separate and organized. Making it perfect for a patient to easily carry around and continuing to use it long after they go home.
Each comes with items they will need like high quality Hospital socks for cold floors, 10 piece toothbrush kits, Toothpaste, Mouth wash, and other approved personal hygienic items. We also include Casino quality Playing Cards and sugar free candy and gum.
It’s easy to forget that VA hospitals all across the country make hard choices when deciding their budgets, you can make it a lot easier, with your donation you can provide this ditty bag and they can concentrate on providing a hot meal.
stay and afterwards, get them what they need.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING EASTER A SUCCESS
Thank you to all of the supporters and patriots out there who donated to send care packages to our troops for Easter. This year was one of our most successful Easter program’s ever, and our troops will be very thankful when they receive the hundreds of care packages sent out over the past few weeks.
Many of those troops have already received packages, one of our contacts in Afghanistan recently wrote back to thank all of those who sponsored packages and talked about the need for more.
|Hi! An update that I received the 60 (packages) you sent off on March 25 & 26th. We got them yesterday and already got them on our chinook today out some dustoff guys who have been eating MREs for a month now. We have a few other bases we plan on sending these next ones out to. Everyone was so excited, and I will get a couple pictures to you like before.Thanks again, how cool to get the packages to the dustoff for Easter. I hope all your volunteers know how much they are making a difference for Soldiers. Thanks again and Happy Easter!- Lacey (MAF contact in Afghanistan)
It’s never too late to send MORE SUPPORT for our troops! Even though Easter is over at this point, it would still be an amazing blessing for a soldier, marine, sailor or airman to receive a care package full of goodies!
There is still time to send a care package now! If you haven’t sent one yet, do it now!
OORAH!!! To every single one of our supporters who gave so generously before Easter to support the 800 American Patriots we adopted in the 1/5 Marines as part of our “Answer the Call 800 campaign”.
Thanks to you we were able to raise enough money to not only send each Marine a care package, but each Marine also got a special personal message which really makes each care package so much more meaningful to the Marines who received them.
The words we send directly from you to the troops truly make the all difference in world, but don’t take our word for it, read what the 1st Marine Division Family Readiness Program Coordinator had to say in response to your efforts:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am Bill Durdin, the 1st Marine Division Family Readiness Program Coordinator also known as, the FRO at Camp Pendleton California.First, I want to THANK EVERYONE who participates in the Move America Forward Care Package Program. I wanted to provide you some insights as to what your MARINES and SAILORS do when deployed.Your deployed WARRIORS work an average of 14 hour days. For those actually in Afghanistan and actively involved in the FIGHT, that number goes up dramatically. As anyone who serves or has had a loved who serves in a WAR ZONE can tell you, there’s very little time for sleep when actually involved in the FIGHT.I can assure you, when your WARRIORS receive letters and care packages it means the WORLD to them!Honestly stated, there are times when actually in the fight, you ask yourself, “Is this really worth it and, do the folks back home really care?” But when they receive your care packages those thoughts go away.
Simply stated, it makes a difference when you know your efforts are APPRECIATED and RESPECTED by the folks back home!
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOU DO!
Your Marine Remain,
Bill Durdin USMC Ret, MBA, M.Ed,
Here at Move America Forward we are amazed by the unyielding support we see for our troops every day, whether it be a phone call, letter, donation, volunteer or anything else. It is our absolute honor to be your resource to reach the troops and let them know we support them.
With Easter approaching we are already working hard putting together the next shipment of Care Packages.
If you didn’t have a chance to participate in the “Answer the Call: 800 Marines” campaign, please take the time to send a care package now.
It’s so important to the moral and well-being of our troops. Take the time to include your message, words that will be read in the sands of Afghanistan by a patriot who deserves them.
Thank you again for your support