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.
US NAVY IN SHOWDOWN WITH IRAN OFF SHORES OF YEMEN
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
SUCCESSFUL 8TH TROOPATHON RAISES $289,890 FOR THE TROOPS!
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!
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.
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.
It’s crunch time! We have only two days left before Christmas, the most important holiday of the year for most Americans.Our troops need to know that we support them! The holidays are the toughest time of the year for our deployed troops, when they can’t be at home for the holidays to spend this special time with their friends and families.Last Thursday the Post Office up over 1,500 care packages for the troops on the front lines. These care packages will arrive just in time, maybe on Christmas Day or perhaps a few days later, but the impact will be the same.
The recorded live-stream is now available!
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
It’s not too late to be a part of our Christmas efforts! Make a donation RIGHT NOW and you can still get your care packages sent today, but hurry because time is running out to support the troops!
You might be surprised how many troops write back to us saying that the care package we sent was the only mail they had received all year.
Spending a 6-12 month deployment in Afghanistan with little or no mail from home can be discouraging or even depressing. Let’s not allow our troops to get lonely this Christmas! Help us reach our goal by Christmas day and don’t let our troops down!
With only THREE DAYS LEFT until Christmas, time is running out to support our troops on the front lines!
As you know, Christmas can be one of the loneliest times for our troops who are spending the holidays overseas. Sadly, some troops don’t receive any mail all year long, but you can make sure they get at least one package – a care package full of thoughtful Christmas treats to remind them of home.
They’re spending Christmas away from their families, protecting our freedoms. The least we can do is wish them a Merry Christmas with a special Christmas care package packed up by our volunteers here in Sacramento along with your personal message to the troops.
We’ve set a goal to reach $60,000 for our troops by Christmas. Help us reach our goal and get into the Christmas spirit by sponsoring a care package today!
Now have a listen to this amazing and touching Christmas Song dedicated especially to our by TROOPS by the hit patriotic band Madison Rising!
If youre familiar with our annual Troopathon fundraiser for the troops, you’re probably familiar with acclaimed musician David Bray and his patriotic band Madison Rising. They have been featured on several Troopathon broadcasts and we’re proud to sing their praises. A patriotic rock band is not something you see every day anymore, so support Madison Rising just as you support Move America Forward!
Madison Rising has a very touching Christmas song that they’ve dedicated to our troops, for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. Click below to listen and prepare to be inspired to support the men and women of the US military all over again!
Care Packages Shipping Today!! Take Advantage of Your Last Chance to Send Today!
Yesterday we had our biggest holiday shipment to the troops for Christmas, with 1500 care packages going out! It was a great day here at MAF with over a dozen volunteers taking part in the effort and local media coming out to see the whole operation.
If you missed it, don’t worry. There’s still time to sponsor a care package and get it to our troops for Christmas. If you haven’t donated yet, don’t wait! Show the troops how much you care by sending a box full of great Christmas items.
Click above to play this video!Here’s some photos of our volunteers hard at work, packing boxes full of goodies, taping them up, applying labels and getting them stacked up and ready for shipment!
Despite claims that the war is drawing to a close, there are still over 10,000 troops serving, training Afghanistan security forces or advising the Iraqi army in their fight against ISIS, so care packages are still needed. Move America Forward has noticed a sharp increase in the number of care package requests received on our website during the holidays.
Only 7 days remain between now and Christmas Day, so we are running out of time to reach our goal of $60,000! So far we’ve raised $25,998 towards our goal so we’re almost halfway there! Please donate to help us keep our momentum going strong so we can reach our goal on Christmas Day!
$60,000 to Support the Troops!
If we can raise $60,000 this Christmas, we’ll be able to do it! If you have not yet, please consider making a donation today to support these brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays.
We have over 10,000 troops that will be spending Christmas on deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq. There’s also thousands more troops deployed all around the Middle East and other terror hotspots around the world.
We’ve already raised about $5,390 towards our goal so we’re off to a good start, but we still have a long way to go if we want to reach our goal by Christmas!
Please send this e-mail to your family and friends to get them involved!
While we fill out our Christmas wish lists, many of our troops are thankful for just being alive because they realize that not all that serve are so lucky. They are fully aware of the risks they take and dangers they face every day, but do so willingly for our safety. For this, they deserve a small token of our appreciation around the holidays.
The holidays are the loneliest time of the year for many people serving in a normal capacity, but imagine if you are serving in the military thousands of miles from home in a foreign land. While many members of our military have supportive and loving families that send them stuff throughout the year, many do not and get very lonely, especially during the holidays.
We’ve heard over and over again from military men and women that the care package they received from us was the only piece of mail or support they have received all year and it meant the world to them.
Santa helping to deliver our care packages along with Operation Care
We also continually hear that our troops really appreciate the great items that we include in our care packages, but the most appreciated item is the personalized letter from YOU that you can fill out and thank them for their service or let them know you support them.Please help us bring a little holiday cheer to our brave men and women of the military by sending them support from home today–it might be the only mail they get all year.
Think about how lonely it can get for our troops in Afghanistan, many are on isolated bases where they cannot easily keep in contact with their families back home. Some troops hardly ever receive mail from home, some troops sadly never get anything, Around Christmas time, our troops miss their families more than ever. They sacrifice that time with their families in order to protect us, but sometimes they still get homesick.
Today is the 74th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Veterans and their families gathered at Pearl Harbor for a moment of silence at 7:55 A.M. this morning, the exact time that the first Japanese bombs hit 74 years ago. The men and women of the “Greatest Generation” earned that name after the horrific and cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor during the morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941. Those brave Americans rose to the occasion and restored freedom and order to the world.
As we remember the surprise attacks by the Japanese that led to so many American lives being lost and launched United States into World War II, we are of course reminded of the terror attack on September 11th, 2001. As FDR described the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 is a date which will live in infamy. Sadly we must also add to that list numerous other attacks that followed, such as the attack in San Bernardino, California on December 2nd.
Today, the NEW Greatest Generation is now on the ground, in the seas, and in the air fighting Muslim Jihadists who brought war to America’s homeland on Sept. 11, 2001. Scores upon scores of patriotic men and women joined the Armed Forces after September 11th, and fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have sacrificed their lives, just as our troops did in World War II.
Armed Forces. Sponsor a special Christmas themed care package today.
Every care package is personalized with a special note from you, and is
full of the items our troops want. Coffee, cookies, and Christmas goodies!!
After Pearl Harbor, and again after 9/11, our troops fought fiercely to destroy enemies who threaten America. The cost of freedom is never cheap, it is paid for by the sacrifice of many brave young men and women who pay the ultimate price for our freedom. We must remain eternally grateful and show our appreciation to those who risk their lives every day.
It has been a long and difficult road for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; they have fought so hard and sacrificed so much, but in that sacrifice they have won many stunning victories, and accomplished things they were told could not be done. For that we are grateful and blessed to live in a nation protected by such courageous individuals. Please remember those troops today, and offer your support.
Each Christmas & Holiday Care Package comes with a Christmas stocking, hot cocoa & cider, and sweet stripes candy canes!
Introducing: Christmas and
Holiday Care Packages for the Troops
We are rapidly approaching the biggest holiday of the year. Yes we’re talking about Christmas. It seems like it snuck up on us, doesn’t it?It’s easy to lose track of time as we plan our holiday get-togethers and shop for gifts, but we can’t let ourselves forget about the most important people who deserve a gift this season – our troops.There are about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as thousands more deployed in various hot spots around the Middle East. These brave men and women won’t be home with their families for the holidays, they’ll be spending Christmas protecting our freedoms.
We hear time and time again from our military care package recipients how much they appreciate our care packages and how much it means to them to know that people from back home took the time to think of them.Just imagine what it would be like to know someone loves and supports you while you are on patrol, standing guard or just a few months away from coming home. Make your gift today and send the support you know they deserve, with a tax deductible donation. Your Santa Stocking could be the one that reminds them of being home by the fireplace. Your fresh gourmet Peppermint coffee could be what reminds them of home.
Today We Give Thanks to All Those Who Serve and Protect Us
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. This year, just like you, we want to take the time to thank all those we are thankful for. Move America Forward is thankful to each and every person who takes the time to support our troops and help us support them in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere around the world. We are so honored to have received so much help during the last two months from you. It’s helped us meet the ever growing need from individual troops that wanted a care package. As you know over 10,000 troops today are deployed in either Iraq or Afghanistan and several thousand more are in various hot spots around the Middle East. While our troops are not the focus in the news, they are still the focus of MAF and we will never forget our troops.
Troops all over the world are opening Care Packages TODAY that were sponsored by you, assembled by you and most importantly reading messages from you.
For anyone who donates $99 or more, we are sending out a special commemorative Troop Support Magnet to stick on your car, truck, refrigerator or anywhere else you want to show off your support for the troops!
This year, make sure to add a word about our troops in your Thanksgiving prayers as we sit around the table with our loved ones. And be sure to sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forward to send a little bit of Thanksgiving cheer to our troops fighting over in Afghanistan! Here is an example of a few words you can add into your prayers.
Oh God, when I have food, help me remember the hungry.
When I have a home, help me remember the homeless.
When I am with friends and family who love me,
help me remember those who are friendless and shunned.
And remembering, help me destroy my complacency,
move my heart and reach out by word and deed
to those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Thank you, Lord, for the courage and selfless service of our military troops.
Thank you for their dedication in the face of difficulties and challenges.
Thank you for their families.
We pray that all of our servicemen and women will experience
Your mercy each day, and come home safely.
— May God Bless and protect you all. A proud American due to your efforts!
— Our family is thankful that you are willing to fight for our freedoms. We thank you for all your sacrifices. Please be safe and hopefully have a wonderful holiday season. We are truly grateful to you. Best wishes and we pray for you every day.
— We thank you AND your families for your service to our country. I pray every night that God will watch over you all and bring you home safely.
For anyone who donates over $99, we are sending out a special commemorative Troop Support Magnet to stick on your car, truck, refrigerator or anywhere else you want to show off your support for the troops!
Troops in Afghanistan Thankful for….YOU!
It’s truly amazing that despite everything our troops sacrifice and do for us, they are still gracious enough to take the time to write back and THANK US just for supporting them. While it’s the troops themselves who deserve all the thanks and gratitude, it is still nice to hear back from those we support and learn about their stories and how much the support we send makes an impact on their daily lives.
With THANKSGIVING coming up in only THREE DAYS we wanted to send you a recent THANKS we received from some troops overseas, to illustrate the importance of what this support means to our men and women in uniform overseas, so far from their families over the Holidays.
If you ever had doubts about whether or not these care packages make a difference, be reassured, they make an enormous impact and boost morale for troops that need it now more than ever!
Three days left to send Thanksgiving Support
There are only THREE days to go until our troops overseas will be celebrating another Thanksgiving in deployment. Over 10,000 American troops will spend Thanksgiving in Iraq and Afghanistan, or elsewhere in the Middle East. They will be missing their families, and have only their fellow troops to break bread with at Thanksgiving dinner.Remember our troops overseas, and the families they left behind who will be saying grace with an empty chair at the table this year.
We know from years of experience supporting the troops that the holidays can be the loneliest and most difficult time of the year for deployed troops.
Nothing makes you miss your loved ones more than the memories of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, and knowing that they won’t be home to watch their kids eat pumpkin pie or open their presents on Christmas morning.
This year, let’s make sure to THANK our troops and PRAY FOR THEM as we sit around the table with our loved ones to say grace and eat a bountiful feast. Sponsor a Care Package from Move America Forw
ard to send a little bit of Thanksgiving cheer to our troops fighting over in Afghanistan! These packages are filled with the same great list of goodies and personal care products, plus some special Thanksgiving treats like Turkey Jerky, Holiday Coffee, Hot Cocoa and Candy Corn.
For anyone who donates over $99, we are sending out a special commemorative Troop Support Magnet to stick on your car, truck, refrigerator or anywhere else you want to show off your support for the troops!