General: More troops may be head to Iraq; Obama to decide

Don’t let yourself be distracted by the media’s obsession with the horse race of Presidential Election politics, we still have the pressing threat of ISIS and our troops fighting them in Iraq!

Recently it was revealed that we already have more troops in Iraq than we previously thought. With 5,000 troops currently in Iraq, far more than the official total of 3,870.

Now there is speculation that even more troops could soon be headed to Iraq to shore up our forces there, and expanding our role in the fight against ISIS, officials said the next big objective is to retake the critical Iraqi city of Mosul.


Obama could decide on greater troop presence in Iraq soon: general
Reuters March 30, 2015
By Gary Cameron

WASHINGTON D.C. – The extra troops would bolster the capabilities of Iraqi forces preparing for a major offensive against the Islamic State militant group in Mosul, U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news briefing.U.S. and Iraqi military officials have been discussing a plan to retake Mosul, which fell to Islamic State in June 2014, and how U.S. forces could support their efforts, Dunford said.

“Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks,” Dunford said. “I brought it to the secretary (Defense Secretary Ash Carter). The secretary will engage with the president.”

Don’t forget about our troops on the front lines! With 15,000 troops over in Iraq & Afghanistan, with more on the way, it’s just as important as ever to continue supporting our troops!

Happy Easter from Move America Forward

HE IS RISEN – Happy Easter from Move America Forward

Hey, all of us here at Move America Forward want to wish you a happy Easter and we hope you also join us in wishing our troops all around the world a blessed and joyous Easter Sunday. Let us remember that we have so much to be thankful for including each of our brave Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines. We are thankful to each one of them for the service and sacrifice they give for us and everyone in America.

We still have over 15,000 troops serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the front lines of the War on Terror. They’re out there away from their families on 6, 9, or even 12 month deployments. Can you imagine how difficult it must be to miss your family on Easter? Here is an excerpt from Chaplain Archbishop Broglio, in his Easter Message for the Troops.

Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the  Military Services, USA
Easter Message – March 27, 2016

“Divine Mercy has its most profound expression in the Father’s love who saw our human sinful condition and, moved with pity, determined that He would save us. However, no ordinary instrument of clemency could achieve the results. Salvation is not within our grasp. It is not a prize to be earned or a promotion to be received. Rather it is a completely gratuitous gift showered upon us by a merciful Father. There is no greater love than this: that one give up his life for his friends…

“On behalf of my Auxiliary Bishops, the priests, and staff of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, I wish you every good blessing in the Easter Season whether you are deployed or not, in a medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or a retiree frequenting an installation chapel. May the Risen Lord fill your hearts with serenity and the peace which only He can give.”

Click here to see more of the Archbishop’s Easter Message

Send a message of support with a care package to our troops this Easter. A care package from home is one of the most powerful expressions of love and support. If you have not donated yet, please consider making one today. If you have already donated or are unable to contribute, you can still help by spreading our message to your friends and family or spreading the word on social media.


So far we have raised $15,500 towards our goal of $20,000! Although we are close, tomorrow is the LAST DAY for our Easter campaign.
Time is almost out to help our troops! We have set a goal to raise $20,000 by the end of Easter Sunday to help currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan who need our help with supplies and care packages on this important holiday.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 troops for Easter.


During this time, let us remember our brave men and women who are overseas defending the rights and liberties we so enjoy. Please continue to pray for our troops who are risking their lives every day.

During one of the most important religious holidays of the year our troops miss their families at home, so it’s extremely important to let our troops know that they have our support!

For Easter, we’re including the classic Marshmallow Peeps Bunnies in each Easter care package! Click here to donate now!

If you have already donated, THANK YOU. If you have not yet sponsored an Easter Care Package, please consider it! You can make a donation for as low as $24.99. If you simply can’t afford to make a donation, you can still help by spreading the word to other troop supporters.

You can help by telling your friends and family about these care packages.
1. FORWARD this email to at least 5 friends of family members.
2. TWEET about Easter Care Packages for the troops on Twitter.
3. SHARE this e-mail on Facebook and LIKE Move America Forward’s page!

We humbly ask that you join us in praying for all the victims of terror attacks in Belgium and around the world as well as for our troops, that God will watch over them and protect them on their difficult deployments in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Introducing Easter Care Packages


With Easter on its way, we must remind our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq that we still remember why they are there and everything they are doing for our nation!

Look at the latest headlines – there is no coverage in the media about the continuing fight in Afghanistan, even though we still have almost 10,000 troops serving there! We also have over 3,000 troops in Iraq preparing the Iraqis to confront ISIS.

The upcoming Easter holiday means that spring will be upon us soon. Every year in Afghanistan, the “down-season” of winter ends and the warming spring season melts away the snow of the Afghan mountain ranges.

When spring and summer arrive, the Taliban come out of their caves and renew their attacks. Our troops will face more frequent and more aggressive attacks from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. We can’t let our brave military men and women be forgotten!

To help our troops this important Easter holiday we’ve made Easter Care Packages for the Troops available for you to sponsor. Give our troops some much deserved support and offer a message of gratitude. Click here to donate now!


Don’t Forget! We’re On the Lookout for Troops!

Soldier Registration is easy! If you have the address of someone on active military duty, such as a spouse, child or sibling, you can click here for our Soldier Sign Up to register each one with the program.

You can also copy this link:

and e-mail it to them so they can register themselves. Once registered, they will be eligible to receive a package and messages of support from caring fellow Americans.

Answer the Call: 13th MEU

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines & Sailors Have Requested our Help!

We are constantly getting requests for care packages and signups through our website, but every so often we get a call for help from a specific unit serving overseas that has unique hardship or set of circumstances which we need to respond to with extra support.When we saw the recent news story about 4,500 Sailors and Marines deploying to the Middle East and the waters around it, we knew we had to do something to support them!

So we’re putting out the call to help these units who need our support in the face of adversity and struggle – Will You Answer the Call?The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit also known as “The Fighting Thirteenth” is deploying for about 7 months, accompanied by the USS Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group. This fleet is ready for combat operations in the region and includes helicopter squadrons and other combat logistics equipment. “Whether a humanitarian assistance mission or combat operations, we are ready” said the unit’s Colonel.

These troops need our help! They are flying supplies or transporting troops for dangerous ground missions and supporting our other ships in the waters off the Middle East combat zones. Help us support this unit that is doing critical missions in the War on Terror.

Thousands of sailors, Marines deploy
to the Middle East with the Boxer ARG

By Matthew L. Schehl,
Marine Corps Times
More than 4,500 Marines and sailors with the Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit set out to sea Friday en route to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.The Boxer ARG/MEU team will spend about seven months deployed to the 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations. The blue-green team will serve as a crisis response force in those regions.

The San Diego-based amphibious assault ship Boxer is accompanied by the landing ship dock Harpers Ferry and the amphibious transport dock New Orleans.

The sailors aboard those ships will operate with the 13th MEU’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (Reinforced) and Combat Logistics Battalion 13.Col. Anthony Henderson, commanding officer of the 13th MEU, echoed Moore’s statements in the release.

“Whether a humanitarian assistance mission or combat operations, we are ready,” he said.

Several support units are also deployed with the ARG, including a detachment from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 “Wildcards.” That detachment, which includes three MH-60S Knighthawks, can defend the amphibious task force, conduct search and rescue missions, provide logistics support and transport special operations forces.

Other support elements include Fleet Surgical Team 3, Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, Assault Craft Units 1 and 5, and Beachmaster Unit 1.

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 thousands of men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, with 4,500 more Marines and Sailors deploying very soon. Show them your support! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops right now! 

When it comes down to it, our troops are the best on the planet and they never shy away from their oath no matter the hardship, the task, or the mission. And yet, somehow they still find the time to write us back to express their appreciation for the care packages. 


Happy Valentine’s Day to our Troops!


Today is Valentine’s Day, right now thousands of troops are away from home thinking of their loved ones and everyone else who is supporting them. It’s a day to celebrate with our loved ones and families. We hope you have the opportunity to spend Valentine’s Day with someone special, but please think about our troops serving overseas. Take the time right now to send them your love. It will include cards from kids all over the nation and special Valentine’s Day candy.

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 be 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 just wanted to show you some of the Valentine’s Day cards made
by local school kids that we’re sending 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.



Valentines Cards for the Troops


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 just wanted to show you some of the Valentine’s Day cards made
by local school kids that we’re sending 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.

Introducing See’s Candy for the Troops

Introducing MAF’s See’s Candies for the Troops

Help us start strong in 2016 and together we will continue to
do great things for our troops!
click here to make a donation.

We’re starting off the new year with a new project from Move America Forward. We’re partnering up with another local Sacramento military support group to bring the joy of See’s Candy to our troops on the front lines. They will be providing MAF with exclusive gift boxes of SEE’s CANDY to add into our care packages.We’re proud to offer these new packages with the addition of SEE’s CANDY which you can sponsor and send to our troops now!The winters over in Iraq may be hot, but in the mountains of Afghanistan winters reach freezing cold temperatures and rise higher than any mountain range we have here in the United States.

Help our troops deal with the cold winter by sending them some coffee and hot chocolate included in our care packages along with the SEE’s CANDY


Read MAF’s 2015 Year-in-Review Here

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fun and safe New Years celebration. At the end of every calendar year, we at Move America Forward look back on some of the highlights of the last 12 months. It’s a reminder of the great things we’ve achieved thanks to your support, and also some of the tough trials that we’ve had to overcome throughout the past year.

MAF’s Year In Review for 2015

At the end of every calendar year, we at Move America Forward look back on some of the highlights of the last 12 months. It’s a reminder of the great things we’ve achieved thanks to your support, and also some of the tough trials that we’ve had to overcome throughout the past year.

The Charlie Hebdo Attack

On January 7, 2015 two Islamic extremists entered the Paris, France offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The terrorists were angry about the paper publishing a cartoonist’s depiction of Muhammad, so they attacked the defenseless employees, killing 11 and wounding 11 more. After they were done shooting up the Charlie Hebdo offices, they continued their rampage out on the streets of Paris where they killed a police officer and five more civilians.

Move America Forward responded to the tragedy of these attacks with the following statement, made the same day:

 Pro-Troop Group Offers Prayers for Victims of Paris Terror
Attacks Says Freedom of Expression, Thought, Must be Defended

“Today’s terror attacks were a painful reminder that these terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, or any group that aligns with a radical Islamist ideology are dangerous and cannot be negotiated with.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of today’s attack and their families. Their loss, and the sacrifice they made in the name of freedom will be known the world over.”

“We cannot allow our freedoms to be held hostage by men with guns and a radical ideology…Shame on anyone who looks at these events and says we should have been more sensitive, or that we must limit what we say about Islam or those who profess to follow its teachings. Shame on those who warn others not to speak their mind, or say what they believe, for fear of retribution from the terrorists.” said Gonzalez.

“The world must come together to hunt down these extremists and bring them to justice, but not to condemn individuals for speaking out against the radicals who commit crimes in the name of Islam.” said Gonzalez.

For their own response, Charlie Hebdo continued publishing images of Muhammad, and sold almost 7 million copies of the next issue. Supporters started a massively popular social media campaign of solidarity using the slogan “je suis charlie”.


Operation Mail Call Successful

In January and part of February, MAF embarked on a campaign to raise $13,800 in postage-only donations to raise money to send 1,000 boxes to Afghanistan. As sometimes happens in the MAF offices, if we get an influx of free, donated items, we will ask for postage-only donations to simply cover the shipping costs for sending packages to our troops overseas.

Here’s a photo of hundreds of boxes ready to go for Operation Mail Call back in January – February of this year.

This year our supporters were very generous during one such Mail-Call campaign, and we reached our goal and were able to send all 1,000 boxes overseas. These boxes were mostly filled with See’s Candies and Girl Scout Cookies, and coffee we had received for free. Thank you to everyone who donated during that postage drive!

MAF’s Easter Celebration

What’s an Easter care package without the sugary fluff of brightly colored marshmallow Peeps? Easter is full of traditions and one tradition we here at MAF like to carry on is our commitment to making sure our seasonal Easter packages for our troops contain Peeps to remind our troops that a long distance hug from home isn’t really that far away after all. Of course we will still sent all the other great treats soldiers crave like, Rogers Family gourmet coffee, beef jerky, Oreo cookies, Gatorade, lip balm, Ohh-Ahhs field towels, deodorant and more.

This year’s Easter celebration was a huge success and hundreds of care packages were sent. Our donors raised almost $25,000 for Easter care packges in 2015! Thank You!

Troopathon Supporter Coach K Wins 5th Championship

For the past 3 years Coach K has also been an enthusiastic supporter and participant in MAF’s Troopathon. His inspiring messages of support for the troops overseas have been a blessing to have and include in our annual Troopathon show.

In April this year we congratulated our friend “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski for an amazing job he did coaching the Duke University Blue Devils to their 5th championship in college basketball. Last night, Coach K’s team bested Wisconsin in the finals to secure their 5th championship 68-63.

Mike Krzyzewski is already a legend in college basketball, but he’s also distinguished himself as Coach of TEAM USA, our Olympic men’s basketball team who won the Gold in 2008 and 2012 with Coach K at the helm.


Back in April and May of 2015 there was a showdown with Iran off the shores of Yemen when the Iranians were discovered to be providing support for the Houthi rebels destabilizing that country and trying to take over.

The Iranians were suspected of smuggling cash and weapons to the Islamic extremist rebels in Yemen and they sent ships down there to protect the flow of support by sea. The Iranian ships even dared to board attack and board a civilian shipping vessel.

After the US sent the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Gulf of Aden, a convoy of up to 9 Iranian ships that seemed bound for Yemen turned around and went back to Iran once the US fleet was in their path. We don’t know what those ships contained but clearly they did not want the US to know what was in those vessels.

To help, Move America Forward got in touch with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and sent packages to support the troops on-board that vessel!

We are always thrilled to hear from the soldiers who receive packages though Move America Forward.  Sometimes we receive cards or letters back and sometimes we hear from the soldier directly via email.

As you can see, they really special receiving the packages and if you haven’t heard back directly from a soldier you have supported, who knows, your package just may have been among this special shipment!

MAF Sends Extra-Special Gift to the Biggest 49ers Fan in Uniform

Earlier this year, Move America Forward sent an extra-special care package to a very dedicated football fan serving on the front lines. Inside this care package was a one-of-a-kind 49ers football and today we received confirmation that this timeless piece of pro-troop NFL memorabilia made it into the hands of this deserving troop!

Good Morning Sir/Ma’am!

My friend and I here in the middle east sent you a request for a care package a few months back and I am emailing the pictures back to you of the wonderful gift I received!

I truly appreciate the care package that was sent.  It is organizations like yours that make this strenuous and stressful time away from family and loved ones a lot easier and I can’t thank you enough. Your gift will be cherished for generations.


TSgt Shawn S.
F-16 EFS Munitions Specialist

We are very glad to help troops deployed overseas, especially with such an extra-special gift like this. But don’t forget there are still tens of thousands more troops still serving overseas and they need our help too!


In June MAF held our 8th Annual Troopathon event broadcast live from MAF Operation Headquarters in Sacramento, California. Troopathon 8  “Care Packages for Our Heroes,” featured a 6-hour long fundraiser that brought together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters.This year was very special for Troopathon, we were extremely blessed to have Rita Cosby as a co-host alongside our own Melanie Morgan. Rita is a phenomenal journalist, news anchor, radio-host and best-selling author with strong ties to the military community.At the end of Troopathon we came close to our goal of $300,000 but fell just a little bit short. We did raise an amazing $289,890 though, which is very close!Thank you for all the support from everyone here at Move America Forward. On behalf of our hosts, Melanie Morgan and Rita Cosby, all of our staff, and most of all our troops on the front lines, thank you for your support!  We couldn’t have done it without you!


Obama Makes Dangerous Nuclear Deal with Iran

In July this year President Obama’s administration foolishly negotiated with Iran and agreed to a deal with more holes than Swiss cheese and dangerously flawed.Obama claims the deal will halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years in exchange for sanction relief, but it gives Iran far too many concessions without getting concrete verification that their weapons program is ending.By releasing billions of dollars in sanctions relief and given Iran’s radical history of disruptive policies in the Middle East, this deal will empower Iran with the cash and resources to turn the Middle East upside down, ensuring an Iranian hegemony that will threaten peace in the region for decades to come.The most important and dangerous component, Iran’s centrifuges to make nuclear material, are untouched. Iran won’t be forced to dismantle any facilities and critical element, inspections, is where Obama’s deal seems the weakest. It gives Iran the option to appeal the inspections or delay them up to two weeks.Finally, we were extremely disappointed that Obama refused to condition any deal with the release of innocent Americans who are held unlawfully by the Iranian authorities. Obama should have made the release of Americans the first step in Iran demonstrating some commitment to the rule of law and engagement with the civilized world.

In August MAF joined a large coalition of groups for a rally against Obama’s Iran Deal in Las Vegas, Nevada about the importance of opposing Obama’s nuclear deal.

We were joined by local activist Danny Tarkanian and the famous businessman/author Wayne Allyn Root.

MAF Rallies to Free Marine Held in Mexico Jail Cell!

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 under Mexico’s strict gun laws. Ever since, it was a battle to try to bring Sgt. Tahmooressi home. On August 25th, MAF joined with allies for a rally in Sacramento to bring Andrew home.

Andrew was eventually released on November 1st, 2015. President Obama did nothing to bring our Marine home. He never asked or negotiated with Nieto. Obama was willing to negotiate with the Taliban to free 5 Terrorists at GITMO, but he didn’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, that is no way for the Mexican government to treat an American hero!


MAF Honors the Fallen in 9/11 Memorial for 3rd Year!

For the past several years, MAF has been invited by John Vinson and his family to help them put up a huge memorial flag display to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. This September, MAF put together a video showing John and his team of volunteers placing the flags in the ground.

John Vinson says that when he woke up September 11th, 2001, and heard about what had happened in New York City, he was confused, afraid, frustrated and angry. He channeled his anger by picking up an American flag and going to a freeway overpass and simply waving it proudly and defiantly at the enemy, for all the passing motorists to see. Those that passed by and saw him waving the colors honked and cheered and encouraged him.
Over the years John has continued to fly the flag every 9/11, except today he has well over 4,000 flags to fly and he’s moved from the freeway overpass to a field in view of a busy street in West Sacramento. But his idea is the same as ever, to fly the flag (now a collection of flags laid out as a memorial to the fallen) in defiance of those who would try to destroy our freedom.
The 9/11 memorial grows larger each year

We appreciate the efforts of people like John Vinson, or the countless other patriots around the country who are flying their flags today, supporting our troops. We are proud and grateful to have taken part in his 9/11 memorial for these past three years.

MAF Celebrates the Holidays by Supporting Troops Overseas

As we do every year, Move America Forward worked hard to give our troops support for the holiday season. Whether it was special Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas care packages, we had something special for our troops for every Holiday.

MAF was able to send thousands of holiday care packages to troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq thanks to your support. We hope to continue sending packages to our troops in 2016, with your help. We will continue supporting our troops until all our troops come home!