Soldiers Reunite with K9 Battle Buddies

Soldiers Reunite with K9 “Battle Buddies”


Move America Forward has a special program to support the military war dogs and their handlers over in Afghanistan.

We’re so proud that these two troops can be reunited with the K9 soldiers they bonded with over in Afghanistan, but don’t forget we still have hundreds of military dogs still over there, working with US troops.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment.

Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.

Soldiers Reunite with the Dogs they Served with in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Arlette Saenz
ABC News
July 23


They’re the four-legged veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – military war dogs, doing everything from sniffing out explosive devices on the battlefield to providing companionship to soldiers during wartime.
“This is my best friend. This is my partner. This is my battle buddy,” Army Staff Sgt. Jason Bos told ABC News of his dog Cila. The two partners reunited in April after serving together on nearly 100 missions in Iraq.

“Her and I deployed together, the two of us, so we moved from one base to another, and we worked with people every day we didn’t really know, so this is my friend,” Bos explained. “I wanted her back and I did whatever I could to do that.”

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James Harrington was awarded a Bronze Star medal after serving alongside dog Ryky in Afghanistan, where the two helped injured soldiers escape an ambush.

“Both of our training just kicked in and we did what we were trained to do without thinking,” Harrington told ABC News. “She saved me and other soldiers, and now she’s going to continue to save me emotionally as we go along.”

Ryky eventually earned a K9 Medal for Exceptional Service for her actions in Afghanistan.  After reuniting in June, Harrington, who suffers from PTSD, says Ryky will help him on his road to recovery.

Since 9/11, over 3,600 dogs have served in the military, with close to 2,000 dogs currently serving through various branches of the military. Earlier this year, the Army said 578 dog teams had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military Working Dogs are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, or standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K9s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. Our K9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect their eyes from dust storms, booties to protect their paws from the rocks and hot ground, and finally some doggy treats to enjoy for a job well done.

K9 Care packages include eye-protective dog goggles and scrumptious doggie treats in addition to the wonderful array of high quality people food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.

Coach K and Diana Falzone Troopathon Videos

Video from Troopathon Featuring “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski

GREAT NEWS! If you missed Troopathon, we’ve got the video from one of our biggest supporters in the world of college athletics. Duke University’s most famous basketball coach of all time — Mike Krzyzewski! Coach K was a major contributor for the Troopathon for yet another year in 2014!

Coach K is one of basketball’s most beloved names. After enlisting in the Army he studied at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was Captain of the West Point Men’s Basketball Team in his Senior year. After serving as an artillery officer he retired from active duty and began coaching basketball full time. He coached the Indiana Hoosiers for one year, then returned to West Point to coach the Army Cadets before being named head coach of the Duke University team in 1980.

Coach K went on to lead Duke to an amazing 4 NCAA Championships. He has also coached the TEAM USA Men’s Olympic Basketball team  and won Gold Medals for the United States in 2008 and 2012! We are proud to have him as one of Troopathon’s most important supporters!

You can help make the daily routine of our troops serving in Afghanistan a little better.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment. Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.


Video from Troopathon
Featuring Diana Falzone

Diana Falzone is a national talk show host for, “DeVore and Diana” on Maxim Radio Sirius Satellite. DeVore and Diana talk about pop culture, politics, and current events, and feature celebrity guests and best selling authors. She has modeled for many top tier magazines such as Maxim and Mixed. She’s also a Fox News contributor, frequent guest on Red Eye and can be seen as a relationship expert on several Fox News shows.
Diana has a blog on Military.com, My Wingman Diana, where she offers advice to lovelorn servicemen and servicewoman. She also helps the USO and other military charities on a regular basis including participating in Troopathon for the past two years!

We can’t let our troops think we’ve forgotten them! There are over 33,000 men and women serving in Afghanistan. Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops and also help us reach our goal!

Suicide Bombers Kill 16 in Afghanistan – 4 NATO Troops

Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 16 in Blast. 4 NATO Troops Dead, Another Seriously Injured.

Violence by the Taliban in Afghanistan continues throughout this week and reminds us that the War in Afghanistan is not going away – it’s heating up during the summer time as the Taliban and Al Qaeda become more active and aggressive.

CBS/AP July 8, 2014, 7:25 AMKABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official said at least 16 people, including four Czech soldiers, were killed Tuesday in a suicide attack near a clinic in eastern Afghanistan.The Czech Ministry of Defense confirmed that four Czech troops were killed and another was badly wounded in the blast.Wahid Seddiqi, spokesman for the provincial governor of Parwan province said the soldiers, at least 10 civilians, and two police officers were killed when a suicide bomber attacked Afghan and foreign forces near Charakar, the provincial capital

This violence proves that the war in Afghanistan is not ‘winding down’ as some reporters say. It’s still very much an active war and a dangerous place for all of our 33,000 troops still fighting.

We cannot allow our support for the troops to wane or diminish. Send a care package of support our troops and remind them that we support their efforts!

Salute Our Military Dads

Salute Our Military Dads


Today is Father’s Day and it’s not too late to do something nice for military dads out there. Many military dads are spending today overseas unable to see their sons and daughters. Whether sons serving overseas, making their fathers proud, or dads serving to protect their families, we pray for the safety and success of all our troops this Father’s Day.

 


There are over 33,000 troops in Afghanistan serving today in harm’s way. Many of them are military dads away from their families today. Support them and
send a care package NOW and help MAF reach our goal of $300,000 for this year’s Troopathon! Please hurry as time is running out to reach our goal! Please DONATE TODAY. Our troops are counting on us, don’t let them down!

Take the time today to honor the thousands of military families who spent Father’s Day away from each other, because Dad is thousands of miles away fighting for the USA. All our troops deserve our love and support, why not say thanks by SENDING A THOUGHTFUL CARE PACKAGE full of great food and personal care items.

From a Ret. Army Colonel: A Father’s Day Far Away
By Col. Arthur C. Pace

Being a military father is a challenging role, and a daunting responsibility. These great Americans struggle to balance the calling of their country with the calling of their families. They rise before dawn to join their units for physical training. They return well into the evening when the day’s tasks are completed. They have little control over their day. They are routinely called to distant locations to train or to fight. One of the first sentences uttered by military children is often, “Goodbye Daddy.” Their wives realize – but choose not to think about – that each goodbye could indeed be the final one. Wives and children know that when their husband or father joined the military, he wrote a blank check to the United States, not for a dollar amount but rather in the currency of his own life. In his heart, he hopes the nation will never have to cash it.

Col. Arthur Pace joined American Bible Society in August 2012 as the director of the Armed Service Ministry after serving more than 30 years in the United States Army.

 

 

Quick reminder we still need your help to reach our Troopathon goal of $300,000 to send care packages to our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. We’ve only raised $30,517 so far, so we still have a long way to go and only 10 days left until Troopathon to do it. Now is the time to dig deep and truly make a difference to help those troops who sacrifice so much on our behalf.

 

Taliban Destroy 25 Supply Trucks – Help Us Resupply the Troops!

 

TALIBAN TORCH 25 NATO SUPPLY TRUCKS
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO HELP REPLENISH MUCH NEEDED SUPPLIES


The Taliban have been aggressively attacking multiple targets all over Afghanistan at the same time kicking off their annual “Spring Offensive”! USA TODAY reported that a Taliban spokesman was quoted saying “THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING”.

The recent violence in Jalalabad, Afghanistan shows that this will continue to be a bloody and violent Summer. Taliban forces attacked a major NATO resupply base and set fire to 25 trucks with supplies bound for NATO troops in need.

NATO CONVOY ATTACKED IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN

Taliban militants have attacked a NATO convoy carrying supplies to the US-led forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

At least 25 vehicles were torched overnight when the assailants, who were armed with firearms and explosive belts, attacked the trucks at a terminal in the city of Jalalabad. Three assailants and two Afghan security forces were killed in a gun battle that followed.

In March, the militant group also announced the start of its annual “spring offensive” on foreign forces.

Losing 25 trucks means hundreds of tons of supplies have been lost – thats vital ammo, equipment, food and mail that our troops needed, now gone. It’s even possible that some MAF care packages were burned in the fires.

Can we band together and replace some of these much-needed supplies burned in the Taliban raid?

Help our troops replace the supplies lost in the 25 burned trucks! We must support our troops during these very violent and dangerous times.

Don’t forget that our troops are in harm’s way everyday! Today, please sponsor a care package for one of the 33,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

 

Marines Take Up the Fight in Helmand Province

1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Take Up The Fight in Helmand Province, Afghanistan


Marines take control of the fight in southern Helmand province
By Cpl. Michael Dye
May 29, 2014

PATROL BASE BOLDAK, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, completed the turnover with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and took control over Patrol Base Boldak and its area of operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 20, 2014.

“Charlie Company is tasked with disrupting insurgent forces in our assigned area of operations to prevent the enemy from interfering with operations aboard the Bastion-Leatherneck complex,” said Capt. Jared R.[redacted], Charlie company commander and native of Chewelah, Washington.

The patrol base is utilized as a center of operations for 1st Bn., 2nd Marines, placed between Camp Leatherneck to the north and the heaviest insurgent presence to the south.

“We are that last buffer from the insurgents before they (try to) get to the Leatherneck and Bastion area,” said 1st Sgt. Carlos A.[redacted], the company first sergeant and native of Los Angeles.

The company conducts daily security patrols to disrupt any enemy activity and interact with the Afghan populace, providing them with security from the Taliban forces.

Our Marines on the front lines need better food! Due to budget cuts and Obama’s withdrawal timetable their first and last meals of the day are being taken away! Marines in Afghanistan now only get lunch and dinner served hot, while breakfast, the most important meal of the day, only comes in the form of MRE’s which some soldiers would rather throw at the enemy than eat. Send a care package with good food now!


Your typical MRE provides nutrition, but no taste, but a care package from home gives a soldier goodies that taste great and the personal care items that make deployment a little easier.Even more importantly, a care package provides moral support and the morale boost from knowing that someone back home cares and appreciates their service.

DoD is doing the best they can to provide for our troops, but it’s simply not good enough. We can do better!

 

 

 
Our troops need us more than ever. They don’t complain about situations like this, they simply tough it out, but we know that we can give them better! Sponsor a care package now and give our troops the support they need!
CLICK HERE TO SEND SUPPORT NOW!

 

Our goal this year is to raise $300,000 to make sure that every troop knows that we appreciate them and respect their sacrifice. We’ve currently raised only $6,995 towards our goal! Please Help! Even after 12 years in Afghanistan, the Taliban still threaten to make Afghanistan a breeding ground to plan attacks on American soil. For the last 12 years our troops have and continue to be the only thing stopping them. On deployment for 6-12 months at a time, our troops miss important holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or any of the things we take for granted here at home. Some of them never come home, making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Our commitment is to support the troops on the ground, and no matter how long their mission goes on, we will continue to support them and hope that you will join us by making a donation today.

Are you willing to sacrifice $500, $250, $100 or even $25 to brighten a troops day and say thank you?

With 33,000 troops risking their lives overseas for our sake, we will need to raise at least $300,000 to send these care packages to show them our gratitude and support.

You can help make this year’s Troopathon a big success by donating now to sponsor care packages to the troops on the front lines in Afghanistan.

THANK YOU MAF HEROES
These generous donors gave over $100 to thank our troops
and help us reach our goal! Donate Now to join them!
Susan H. Pleasanton CA $999
Amy & John W. Cypress TX $999
Chris D. Playa del Rey CA $199
Dianne R. Fruita CO $199
Gary A. Santa Ana CA $199
Lindsay S. Parker CO $149
Kristi L.. Houston TX $149
Kandi D. Santa Maria CA $124

Debbie Lee’s Memorial Day Message

WHERE IS THE ‘MEMORIAL’ IN MEMORIAL DAY

A MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE FROM GOLD STAR MOM DEBBIE LEE

As a Mother of a hero who willingly gave his life in combat, Memorial Day has taken on an entirely different meaning. My son Marc Alan Lee was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq 8-2-06. Three times that day he stood up into the direct line of fire and willingly gave his life defending his teammates and our freedoms.

Marc understood that there was a price for our freedom and like so many others before him, was willing to go into battle to keep America free.

Memorial Day is set aside to remember those brave warriors who while defending us, lost their lives in combat.

We have over 600,000 men and women who have died in combat since WWI. 600,000 Gold Star families and Brothers at arms, who have buried a loved one and to whom every day is/was Memorial Day.

You can imagine the pain and frustration to the friends and families of these fallen heroes when the majority of Americans are clueless as to the real meaning of Memorial Day. Our loved ones gave their final breath so that you could enjoy all of the freedoms and blessings that you have in America. All we ask is that as a nation we come together this weekend and acknowledge, honor and remember our heroes.

I have been on a campaign for years trying to educate people about the history and meaning of Memorial Day what it is and what it is not! It is not a time to “Celebrate Memorial day”, it is not “Happy Memorial Day.”  I am sure that ignorance plays a part in the party mentality of the 3-day weekend. We see major advertising about big “blow out” sales, advertisements to “kick off your summer”, prepare for the big bar-b-ques and camping trips and parades. Many families know it marks the end of the school year and the community pools will be opening.

I was part of that ignorant group for years. I wasn’t taught the real meaning of Memorial Day. Oh we visited a few graves through the years and placed flowers on the graves of family members who had died in child-birth, from sickness and different causes. Most of the time it was just a family gathering with picnics and bar-b ques enjoying all of the freedoms that we have but not reflecting on those who paid the ultimate price so we could enjoy them. I was not taught, and I am sorry for the opportunities that were missed to honor our fallen, and focus on the sacrifices made for me.

Often times people mistakenly recognize and thank all of those who have served. Veterans Day is the National Holiday when we do that. I’ve dedicated my life to honoring and thanking our troops 24/7 364 days of the year, but Memorial Day is for those who died in war.

Tradition used to be that businesses closed on Memorial Day and flew their flags at half staff to remember our war dead, what a switch from today, where it has turned into a major money making weekend.

After the civil war ended Maj General Logan established Decoration Day and spoke these words. : “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

Have we as a nation forgotten the cost? Will you help me put Memorial back in Memorial Day?

Please plan your weekend to remember those heroes who gave everything for you. I’m not asking you not to have a bar-b-que, picnic or gatherings with families or to walk around with sullen faces the entire weekend. Our loved ones sacrificed so you could enjoy those freedoms, but there should be somber moments when we focus on the cost that was paid.

As you gather take advantage of that time together and take a few moments to share the story of a fallen hero, remind others what the real meaning of Memorial Day is about. Tell your children and grandchildren about these brave heroes who paid the price for them to enjoy this day, take them to a National Cemetery and place flowers on graves or stop and honor them. Attend a ceremony or memorial, watch a video or TV program about our fallen, read a story, find a Gold Star family near you and let them know you will never forget. If you know other Veterans ask them if they’ve lost a teammate and maybe they will tell you about them. Pray for the families of the fallen.

Technology has changed our world and it is so easy to find the History of Memorial Day, read about heroes, and reach out and honor and remember our fallen and their families.It is also a great way to remind your friends the real meaning of Memorial Day, use that tool to educate others and honor our fallen heroes who are America’s National Treasures.

While we look back and remember our fallen heroes this weekend, we focus forward and live our lives worthy of the sacrifice they made for you, for me and for America, “the land of the free, because of the brave.”

Sincerely,
Debbie Lee


Gold Star Mom
Director of Military Outreach
Move America Forward

Fighting Season Begins in Afghanistan


SPRING IN AFGHANISTAN BRINGS
MORE TALIBAN ATTACKS

For our troops on the front lines, Spring is the most dangerous time of the year. Taliban forces which normally keep quiet during the Winter time emerge to resume sending rockets at U.S. bases, attacking Afghan police, planting IEDs on the roads, and fermenting chaos wherever they can. In this particularly dangerous time our troops need our support, especially with Memorial Day on the horizon!

Don’t let our troops take on the Taliban alone – they need our support with them when they go out on patrol! Send a care package with gourmet coffee from Rogers Family Co.,genuine Oreo cookies, Gatorade, Painted Hill beef jerky, Hoo-Ahhs Field Towels, deodorant, lip balm, sunblock and more useful items!

Click here to sponsor a care package for one of our brave troops on the front lines!

Attacks across Afghanistan kill at least 5 people
Associated Press
May 14, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attacks across Afghanistan, including a suicide attack on a border police outpost in the country’s south, killed at least five people Wednesday, authorities said.

Wednesday’s deadliest attack came when five militants wearing suicide vests raided a border police outpost in southern Afghanistan…In Kabul, a magnetic bomb attached to the army vehicle exploded, killing a soldier and wounding a woman and a child, city police chief Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir said…The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks…

Each spring brings an escalation in fighting in Afghanistan with the end of snowy winter weather, which hampers movement. The melting of the snows opens up mountain passes allowing militant forces to move in from neighboring Pakistan.

This year’s offensive by the Taliban will be an important gauge of how well Afghan government forces face insurgent attacks once foreign combat forces leave at the end of the year….

We must pray for our troops overseas, they’re fighting the terrorists there so that we don’t have to fight them here. News like this is a reminder of how dangerous a job that is. The least we can do in return for their sacrifice is send a care package to the troops on the front lines!

 

Memorial Day Care Packages for the Troops

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS FOR MEMORIAL DAY
SEND A CARE PACKAGE TO ONE OF 33,500 TROOPS ON THE FRONT LINES


Memorial Day is coming fast! For 146 years the last Monday in May is set aside to remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives for our country. This year the important military holiday falls on Monday, May 26th. Americans all over the world will observe and reflect on military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

American flags worldwide will be flown at half-mast in the morning to honor the fallen, then raised completely for the rest of the day to remember all the veterans who are still with us.

We take this solemn day of remembrance as an opportunity to provide some comfort to our troops who are risking their lives RIGHT NOW in the line of fire. We still have 33,500 troops in harm’s way serving in Afghanistan! Click here to DONATE and help those troops!

A Brief History

Memorial Day as we know it today began as ‘Decoration Day’ a post-Civil War tradition of decorating the graves of fallen Union and Confederate troops.

On May 5, 1868 Decoration Day was declared as May 30th to place flowers on the grave sites. There was a large observance held that year at Arlington National Cemetery.

Official “Birthplace of Memorial Day”
Official Birthplace Declared In 1966 — Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War.

Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

- U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs website

We at Move America Forward encourage all those who support our troops to take part in Memorial Day by doing something to honor both those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who are risking their lives right now.

Plan a trip to take your kids to a historical military site or museum, volunteer to place flowers on military grave sites, or click here to sponsor a care package for one of our brave troops on the front lines!

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!