Free Our Marine Tahmooressi Rally After Action Report

AFTER ACTION REPORT : Successful Rally for Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Sends a Message to Brown and Obama

We just returned from the big rally to support Andrew Tamooressi and wanted to share these pictures with you! It was a great event with an estimated 150 – 200 attendees. We had reporters from all across Northern California and as far away as Los Angeles. With the signs, chants, and press coverage, we are sending a strong message to President Obama, Governor Brown, and Mexican President Nieto.

Now that we’ve had a chance to sort through all the pictures from the rally, we’ve got some great photos to show you of the results! Great job everyone who showed up and thank you for taking time out of your day to stand up for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi!

If you are not familiar with the facts, Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.

After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was arrested and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons (Mexico have very strict gun control laws). Ever since, it has been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. He’s been held in Mexico for 149 days now.

President Obama has done nothing to bring our Marine home. He hasn’t asked or negotiated with Nieto. Obama is willing to negotiate with the Taliban to free 5 Terrorists at GITMO, but he won’t lift a finger to negotiate with Mexico to get our Marine home. It’s shameful. Not only that, but considering that Mexico lives under the safety umbrella that the United States provides for North America via the sacrifice and courage of military men and women like Andrew, this is no way for the Mexican government to treat an American hero!

We are still taking donations to try to recoup the cost of organizing this rally and also help us spearhead the upcoming petition drive! Please DONATE HERE and help us make it happen!

Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi

CALL TO ACTION:
Rally In Sacramento To
Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

Get ready! It’s time to mobilize the grassroots troops to help our Marine Andrew Tahmooressi who is being held by the Mexican government after being unfairly jailed and held captive in degrading and inhumane conditions for 146 days!

Despite continued calls for the Mexican government to release our Marine, he has been held there since March 31st! It’s time for Mexico to release an American hero and bring Andrew home!

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will be visiting with California Governor Jerry Brown this Tuesday, and we’re joining friends here in Sacramento to help organize a rally to support Andrew and demand that President Nieto release him and ensure a safe return to American soil!

If you are not familiar with the facts, Andrew Tahmooressi served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the US Marine Corps before he was honorably discharged in 2012 and returned to the US. On March 31, 2014, he was on his way to meet some friends in the town of San Ysidro, California, a town very close to the Mexican border. He made one unlucky wrong turn and found himself on a one way road into Mexico with no way of turning around or getting off the highway.

After accidentally crossing the border, he informed Mexican border agents that he had loaded firearms in his vehicle and just wanted to turn around. Instead of being allowed to simply turn back, he was detained and held for 8 hours before being charged with possession of illegal weapons (Mexico have very strict gun control laws). Ever since, it has been a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. He’s been held in Mexico for 146 days now.

Considering that Mexico lives under the safety umbrella that the United States provides for North America via the sacrifice and courage of military men and women like Andrew, this is no way to treat an American hero!

Please see the details below and join us on August 26th in Sacramento to show your support!   If you are not in the Sacramento area but know someone that is, please forward this email to them and post on your social media pages as we have to have a good crowd.

 

Patriotic Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi
Governor Jerry Brown & Mexican President Nieto

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Leland Stanford Museum
800 N St. Sacramento, CA (Near Capitol)

Bring American flags and signs supporting Sgt. Tahmooressi and our troops. Please do not bring signs regarding other issues – we are organizing this demonstration specifically to ask for our Marine to come home safely!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE


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Help Us Send a Special Batch of 9/11 Care Packages


HELP US SEND A SPECIAL BATCH OF CARE
PACKAGES TO OUR TROOPS FOR 9/11


We are only 20 days away from the anniversary of September 11th, 2001 and we are busy getting together a special batch of packages in memory of all those who have sacrificed and confronted evil since that day. We thought that this would be a fitting time to remind them that we will NEVER FORGET.

As you know, so many of our troops serving today woke up 13 years ago to the chilling horrors of Islamic Terrorism when in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA. But instead of fear, they showed bravery and made the decision to serve in the armed forces and protect us all from those who carried out the deadly September 11th attacks.

Our nation was under fire, and they Answered The Call to defend it. Will you Answer the Call to support them now?

With the 13th anniversary of that dark day approaching, we must not forget that there are still 33,000 American troops fighting the war that was launched that day when Al Qaeda and the Taliban declared war on us and murdered over 3,000 innocent Americans and citizens from countries around the world.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to help selected units that are still deployed on the front lines in Afghanistan. Sponsor a care package today and remind them that after 13 years we still have not forgotten, and will never forget the sacrifices they make for all of us!

Make sure that when you sponsor a care package to remind our troops how thankful you are by filling out the personalized message that goes in the package. We hear over and over again from our troops how receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. How a message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts and thoughts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; Love, Care, and Support!

 

Troops Love Getting Coffee

TROOPS LOVE GETTING COFFEE IN THE CARE PACKAGES


Active Duty U.S. Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez write about the history of the Marine Corps secret weapon, that’s been helping Marines fight America’s wars since the first days of the revolution: Coffee!

It’s true, one of the most appreciated items in Move America Forward’s care packages is the locally roasted gourmet coffee provided by the Rogers Family Coffee Company especially for the troops on the front lines.

We have a wide range of boxes of Rogers coffee in our warehouse in many different flavors and roasts like French Roast, Espresso Roast, Hazelnut, Southern Pecan, Breakfast Blend, Irish Creme, Colombian, and the 100% organic Rainforest blend. Rogers coffee is a very important part of our care packages!




August 19, 2013
Every American knows the story of the Boston Tea Party and its implications on the Revolutionary War. Lesser known, but perhaps of greater relevance to a nation recognized more for coffee breaks than tea time, is the fact that America’s taste for coffee is inextricably linked to the history of its military.CLICK HERE TO SUPPLY OUR TROOPS WITH THE COFFEE THEY LOVE

We weren’t aware of it until just recently. But in hindsight, it made perfect sense that we would become obsessed with coffee when we joined the Marines. As we later discovered, we were part of a long line of men whose enthusiasm for the drink was closely tied to their experiences in the service.


Battle-weary Marines of the 22nd Regiment drank coffee after heavy fighting on Einwetok Atoll in the Pacific Theater in February 1944.

As Capt. Robert K. Beecham wrote in his book, “Gettysburg: The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War”: “The power of the soldiers to endure the fatigue of the march and keep their places in the ranks was greatly enhanced by an opportunity to brew a cup of coffee by the wayside.”
By the time of World War II, American servicemen were consuming 32.5 pounds of coffee per capita, per year, with the Army Quartermaster Corps going so far as to roast, grind, vacuum pack and ship its own beans overseas. Meanwhile, legend has it that when soldiers in Italy encountered espresso, they watered it down to make a concoction similar to the coffee they drank at home. There are many competing accounts, but some people surmise that these were the humble beginnings of the drink we now know as an “Americano.”

Years later, when it was our time to join the Marines, Vietnam veterans told us stories about burning C4 explosive to make their coffee in the jungle. We weren’t as cool – the rations we were issued came with a flameless chemical heater – but like those before us, coffee would serve as one of the few constants in our otherwise nomadic existence.

There usually wasn’t much time, and more often than not we would simply choke down a packet of dry instant coffee for its caffeine. But, when possible, we would sit for a few minutes and bond over a cup with another Marine.

 


The authors, First Lt. Harrison Suarez, left, and First Lt. Michael Haft,  brewed coffee during down time in training in Camp Lejeune, N.C., in September  2012.

There are over 100 care packages sitting in our warehouse ready to ship out to troops in Afghanistan on the front lines. We just need your help to sponsor them so we can get them out the door! Please help us send a strong message of support to the men and women who go overseas to protect our lives and freedoms.

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!

Radical Islam Rages – Don’t Forget Our Troops!

US Airstrikes Help Kurds Retake Critical Territory, ISIS Issues Threat to Americans “We Will Drown You All In Blood”


The terrorist group ISIS has declared a caliphate in Iraq. They have slaughtered Iraqi Christians, Kurds and other ethnic or religious minorities who used to live peacefully alongside Iraq’s Arab population. Finally, with the situation teetering on catastrophe, President Obama finally took some action and ordered American forces to conduct airstrikes on ISIS troops. With American air support, the Kurds have fought to regain some territory.

 

Iraq Crisis: Islamic State Militants Driven From Mosul Dam
Iraqi and Kurdish Forces, Backed by U.S. Airstrikes, Push Out Islamic State


By NOUR MALAS And TAMER EL-GHOBASHY
Updated Aug. 19, 2014 4:24 a.m. ET
BADRIYA, Iraq - Looking out from his hilltop post over the fighting for the Mosul Dam, the Kurdish special-forces commander fretted that his 5,000 troops didn’t have the firepower to dislodge Islamist insurgents.But by the end of the second day of their ground offensive, backed by Iraqi troops and U.S. airstrikes, the Kurdish forces had wrested back control of the fragile dam and driven out militants from the group also known as ISIS or ISIL. Kurdish officials said their success here may pave the way for a broader offensive to reclaim territory in the country’s north, including the important city of Mosul.

The ground offensive began on Sunday following 25 U.S. airstrikes over the weekend. After more than 12 hours of fighting on the first day, the Kurdish region’s forces known as the Peshmerga, backed by special counterterrorism units and U.S. airstrikes, secured a 24-kilometer stretch of land approaching the dam.

They then cleared the area of more than 500 Islamic State fighters, the commander said.

On Monday, U.S. aircraft conducted 15 more strikes around the dam, using fighter jets, bombers and drones.

The battle thrust the Kurdish Regional Government, a U.S. ally with a troubled relationship with the central Iraqi government in Baghdad, into the thick of the battle against the Islamic State.

Meanwhile, ISIS has been busy publishing several videos issuing threats against all Americans.

Below is a screenshot, but we cannot show the videos due to their horrible content. If you decide to seek them out online, please be cautious. These videos show graphic images of terrorist activity including IEDs and beheadings. They are extremely violent and offensive.

ISIS warns they will attack Americans “in any place” and says “we will drown all of you in blood.” ISIS is truly a menace equal to any terrorist organization. They are as ruthless and murderous as Al Qaeda or the Taliban or any affiliated group and if they are allowed to expand their influence in Iraq it’s only a matter of time before they start killing Americans.

All the while, in Afghanistan, our troops on the ground continue to fight the Taliban amidst the draw-down. In these uncertain times, our troops need our support. What will happen if we pull out of Afghanistan? Many fear that it will be necessary to send troops back to Iraq now that Obama has allowed it to become such a mess. Will we risk the same thing happening to Afghanistan if we pull out too soon?

While our troops ponder these questions, we can do nothing but offer our support – send care packages to show them that we have their backs and support them on any battlefield, no matter where they have to go to defend America.

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.

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!

 


Two Airborne Units Deploying…to Afghanistan


Don’t Forget Thousands of Troops Still Deployed!


With the news media focusing on the crisis in Iraq some have forgotten about Afghanistan and the thousands of troops we still have serving there. Elements of the US Army 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions are deploying to Afghanistan for at least a 9 month deployment. They will be there well into 2015 which means we continue sending support.

It’s still a hot war against the resilient Taliban who threaten the lives of our troops and put them in harm’s way. We are so proud of our troops and their selfless service. They risk their lives to keep us safe.

You can make a difference in the daily lives of our troops on the front lines.

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.


Airborne Units to Stay
in Afghanistan Into 2015

by Richard Fisk
for Military.com
Aug 1, 2014


Troops from the Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions will likely be part of the 9,800-strong force staying in Afghanistan in 2015 as part of President Obama’s overall war plan, the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Friday.
Last week, the Defense Department announced that about 1,000 troops from the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st and 900 troops from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st would deploy to Afghanistan at an unspecified date in the fall. In addition, DoD said that 1,725 troops from the Combat Aviation Brigade of the 82nd would also deploy in the fall.The DoD announcement pointedly did not state the length of the deployments, which are usually nine months, but Campbell said he was counting on troops from the 101st and 82nd to remain in 2015.Campbell also said that he would conduct his own overview of the Obama plan and make recommendations for changes if he felt they were necessary. “I’ll take a hard operational assessment of it when I get on the ground,” he said.

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!


Military Working Dog Becomes Part of Soldier’s Family

Did you hear about “Belle” coming home last week?

Military Working Dogs are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, and standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K-9′s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. That why we include a few items to make it easier for them too.

 

Belle arrived in San Diego last Friday reunited with her sergeant, battle buddy and most importantly her best friend, Sam Wettstein. Together in 2013 and 2014 they lived together, ate together and saved lives together by identifying IED’s in Afghanistan. But this past April Sam’s deployment ended he had came home with out Belle.


Marine, bomb detecting dog who served in Afghanistan together are reunited.
by Philip Caulfield
New York Daily News
Aug 4, 2014

Though he was thrilled to be home, Wettstein said he never felt right being separated from his canine companion.

Wettstein and Belle served together in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. Wettstein and Belle served together in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014.

“I was missing a part of me. I was trying to fill the void and now my void is filled,” he told NBC San Diego.

“Having that kind of a relationship with a dog, you know, you get this bond.”

Wettstein and his wife, Jessica, who live at Camp Pendleton, officially adopted the 3-year-old Labrador retriever.

‘I was missing a part of me,’ Wettstein said of being separated from the pooch after they served together Afghanistan.  Sam Lewis Wettstein via Facebook ‘I was missing a part of me,’ Wettstein said of being separated from the pooch after they served together Afghanistan.

Jessica Wettstein told NBC San Diego it gave her comfort knowing her husband had a companion while he was deployed.

 

“It’s meant to be. She’s obviously meant to be part of our family,” Wettstein said.

Like many before Belle and Sam, our troops form real bonds during wartime with those they serve with, bonds that last a lifetime. Furry or not we care for all of our troops. That’s why MAF provide special K-9 Care Packages to the front lines. Belle and Sam are just an example of who our package is for.

Dont forget right now their are hundreds of other military service dogs and their handlers that could use your love and support.

 

Our K-9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect their eyes from dirt and debris and doggie treats that go along with all the other items for the dog handlers. We are proud to have recognition from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) for our effort to support the military working dog. 

Nothing brings a smile to our serviceman or women more than getting something from home, knowing you are thinking of them. Would you like to send a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request. Click Here to Send One Today.

Remembering Marc Lee: “A Letter To Heaven” from Mom

Today is the anniversary of when my son Marc Lee sacrificed his life, I’ve contemplated what to write. I’ve written something every year since he passed to honor and remember Marc, and to give others a glimpse of who he was and the sacrifices he made for the freedoms we enjoy every day.This year I decided to write a letter to Marc in Heaven. I wish I could hand deliver it, or at least call him. But I guess cell phones aren’t the technology used in Heaven…

“A Letter to Heaven”


My dear Marc, my Mighty Warrior, my Hero….

I love and miss you so very much. It’s been 8 years since you were redeployed to Heaven, and I know that you are in the best hands that could ever hold you! I was blessed that God trusted me to be able to hold and love you for 28 years.

I have so many fond memories of you:

Carrying you in my womb you grew quickly and moved like crazy causing the doctors to think they heard two heartbeats and declare you were twins!

The first time they placed you in my arms at the hospital and I held and nursed you; it brought such peace and contentment, even though your father and I had gone through a divorce during the pregnancy and I had no idea how I was going to raise you and your siblings who were 2 and 3.

The animated and crazy sounds you made as a toddler… Disney didn’t need a sound crew, they just needed you.

Your knock-knock jokes you would make up that were so stupid but you would crack yourself up laughing, and everyone else couldn’t help but laugh with you.

You loved to have me give you a back rub/tickle thing I do and you would say, “Hey Mom give me tingles.”

You winning class clown 2 years in a row and questioning you about how that would get you a scholarship.

The day you came home as a freshmen and declared “I’m going to be a professional soccer player,” with the only problem being you had never played soccer a day in your life. Yet, you did see that dream come true and were trying out for a professional team in Colorado when you blew out your knee the night before try-outs.

The day you came home and announced you had joined the Navy and had a contract to go to BUDs to become a Navy SEAL. You had so much determination and perseverance.

The many times we would wrestle and slap fight. I remember taunting you and telling you I could whoop your tushy. As you grew in stature and strength, under my breath I would say, “Or at least let me think I can.”

The last hug I ever received from you when you left my house before you deployed. Even as a teenager, when I would drop you off at the bus before a soccer game you had no problem giving me a kiss and a hug. I miss your kisses, hugs and hearing “I love you Mom!”

It’s hard to believe it has been 8 years since you left this earth. What you did that day – purposely standing in the direct line of fire three different times to save your teammates – was so selfless, noble, honorable and heroic. Oh, by the way I did make it to Iraq and got to see where you spent your last days. They named your base in Ramadi after you “Camp Marc Lee.”

 

They also named the new TRADET building in Coronado after you, the “Marc A. Lee” Training Center. That’s perfect because you did rock it when it came to physical training! I am soooooooo very proud of you!!! You sacrificed everything; you gave up all of your tomorrows, your future, so they could live today.

I catch myself wondering, what if you were still here? Would there be 4 or 5 little Marcs running around? Would you have gotten out of the SEALs and become a successful businessman? Oh wait, you were a West Coast SEAL and they would tease you and call you “pretty boy.”

So I guess you would be making movies in Hollywood….heehee… Hey, I always teased you before, so I would be lacks to stop now? ;o)

Would you be living in the same town with your brother and I and all of the cousins hanging out in Grandma’s pool. I know you would have been there to care for me when I got old…wiping my drool and changing my diapers. Hey I changed plenty of yours!!!

Then I come back to reality. But son, just in case you can’t see down here, let me tell you how God has used that letter you wrote just weeks before you were killed and your heroic story to change lives around the world.

I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that your life has changed millions and millions of lives around the world. You may not physically be here, but you are still impacting this world in a major way.

I know you just intended that letter to go to a few friends and family. But hey, I’m your Mom, and if I can’t sing your praises something’s wrong. So I’ve sent it to a few people who sent it to a few people, who sent it to a few people. (The internet is a great thing!) Do you guys have that up there?  Jon Voight even carries it in his wallet. I started a foundation and named it America’s Mighty Warriors. You remember all those talks we had about your name and the meaning of it (Marc = Mighty Warrior). And me telling you that if you kept your eyes on God, He had something big He wanted to do through you. Well He did! This sure wasn’t what I had in mind, but I shouldn’t be surprised as God tells us His ways are not our ways!

You believed, and are in glory – no pain, no sorrow, no sickness for you. I find such comfort knowing I will see you again! God has given me amazing strength and comfort! Remember when I used to do the Kindergarten graduation and Christmas programs for the school and I would freak out to speak in front of 200 people? I would hold the microphone with both hands trying to make it stop shaking?? I know it sounds crazy, but I speak and tell people your heroic story, and God has taken my fear away and put me in amazing places. I know you’re there with Him every day, and this all makes sense to you. But we live by faith down here. People tell me all the time what a strong woman I am, but I have to correct them and say, “Oh no, it’s not me. What you see is God’s strength.” I do long for the day He calls me home and I get to communicate in person with you and give you a big hug.

Oh by the way, I did accept your challenge in that last letter to “pass on the kindness the love, the precious gift of human life.” You were wise beyond your years. It is so cool to do those random acts of kindness you mentioned and then hand people your letter or hero card. Yes I did make hero cards that I pass out…I know you didn’t seek the glory and wouldn’t want that, but hey, you’re not here to stop me.

I must tell you it is so strange to see your name on a granite wall, in a book, or on a movie. But when we have heroes like you who selflessly sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, you deserve it Marc, your story needs to be told and is being told.

Oh and your final gift to me – your teammates – has been such a blessing!! You always did spend so much time finding just that perfect gift, and you rocked on that one buddy. They call me Momma Lee, and I finally get what you were trying to tell me about the “brotherhood” thing. They were as close to you as your brother, and they are my “adopted or inherited” sons. You could never be replaced, but there are lots of brothers all over trying to fill your shoes. Of course Chris has probably filled you in on many of the details since he got to Heaven. Tell him I miss him tons, and give him a big hug for me. I’m so proud of him too! Tell him I am watching out over the Kyle family just like he watched out over me for you.

In your memory, I put your boots on and pick up your weapon to stay in the fight daily for our troops and the families of the fallen. Thank you, Marc; your final actions, you never quit, you ran into the line of fire and gave your final breath; no one took that from you. We had a tough life growing up and perseverance was something we lived. But doggone it, now when I want to quit and just live the easy life, I think of you and the sacrifice you made and it pushes me forward. ;o)

I love and miss you deeply, but will carry on until God calls me home! Tell the rest of the guys Momma Lee sends love and hugs!

A very special letter someone wrote ;o) had this ending and I think it’s only appropriate to send it back to you. Halfway through the deployment can’t wait to see your smiling face.

I love you,

Mom

If you wish to show your support by making a contribution to help the troops who are still fighting overseas in Afghanistan, click here to sponsor a care package.

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!