Walk to Remember Honors Fallen Hero

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez
April 6, 2017
(714) 926 – 6189

Move America Forward Joins Community 5k “Walk to Remember” Event to Honor Fallen American Soldiers Including Local Elk Grove Hero


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF) announced today that they will be participating in a local community event to honor troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The Eighth Annual Walk to Remember is a 5k course organized by the family of fallen local hero SFC Bryan E. Hall of Elk Grove, Calif. who gave his life in combat in Iraq in 2009 along with 4 other American troops. The family now holds the event every year to remember their beloved Bryan and raise money for a Memorial Scholarship in his name.

“We are honored and excited to be invited to take part in this great community event to honor our fallen heroes” said Scott Raab, Outreach Director, Move America Forward. “We will be walking the 5k ourselves and encouraging our local Sacramento volunteers to come out and participate in this great event. Without heroes like Army SFC Bryan Hall who give their lives to defend our freedoms, we wouldn’t be able to live in the greatest and most prosperous country in human history, the United States of America. We are honored and humbled to support the family of Bryan Hall.” said Raab.

Betty Hall is the mother of fallen soldier Bryan and organizes the 5k every year. “While we honor Bryan and the four men who died that day, it is our focus to honor all veterans and those who are currently serving. It is important, and especially for young people, to understand, that freedom isn’t really free; there is a price that has to be paid by both the soldiers and their families they leave behind.”

Also attending will be US Navy pilot Louis Conter, who was is one of only six Pearl Harbor Survivors still living. Conter was aboard the USS Arizona when Pearl Harbor was bombed and he is coming to the event to meet with participants and sign autographs. The 5k walk is open to the public and proceeds are split between 2 Memorial Scholarship Funds, one of which is for the daughter of fallen soldier Bryan Hall.

Event Details for:

Walk to Remember 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017

5k Walk in Elk Grove Park
9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.,
Elk Grove, Calif. 95624
Check-in Starts at 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremony at 10:00 AM

Pre-registration starts at $25 on the website
Day-of Registration starts at $30 per participant
Group rates are available
Visit www.walktorememberbryanhall.com for pre-registration

Media Contact
To arrange an interview with event organizers and mother Betty M. Hall or any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

About Move America Forward
Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supporting our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 375 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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MAF and WWP team up to support Troops in Afghanistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez
MARCH 28, 2016
(714) 926-6189

Move America Forward (MAF) and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) team up to support Troops in Afghanistan


SACRAMENTO
– Wounded Warriors and other Veterans from Northern California will join Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization to support troops in Afghanistan by hand packing Military Care Packages. Veterans and volunteers will be from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Team Rubicon and Team Red White and Blue (Team RWB) will be joining Sacramento volunteers from Move America Forward at their Operations Center in South Sacramento. These Care Packages will be shipped to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq containing Easter themed marshmallow PEEPS® and pastel jelly beans.

“We have over 18,000 troops deployed in harm’s way, so many families that have to go without their loved ones for months and months. So to get help from fellow veterans to make sure no one is forgotten means a whole lot to me, to our organization and especially to the brave men and women still serving on the front lines that will receive a little taste of home while they are deployed so far from home for so long.” said Scott Raab Outreach Director for Move America Forward

Sacramento-area MAF volunteers, wounded warriors and veterans from the WWP, Team Rubicon and Team RWB will assemble, pack, and tape up hundreds of military care packages filled with the most frequently requested items: like Gourmet Coffee, Premium Beef Jerky and Oreo Cookies provided by the Wounded Warrior Project and other items and seasonal treats like marshmallow PEEPS® and pastel jelly beans for the upcoming Easter holiday. TV and Radio media are encouraged to come interview local area combat deployed veterans and to film them making boxes for the troops.

 

Move America Forward/Wounded Warrior Project Spring 2017 Care Package Event:

TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

MOVE AMERICA FORWARD OPERATION CENTER
8795 FOLSOM BLVD., SUITE #103
SACRAMENTO, CA 95826

NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WATT AVE. AND FOLSOM BLVD.
JUST OFF HWY-50. PARKING IN REAR OF BUILDING.

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 375 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

 

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MAF Gets 2017 Top Rating

Pro-Military Organization Move America Forward Honored to Receive “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award” from GreatNonprofits.org

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF) announced today that it has been honored with the prestigious 2017 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2017 Nonprofit,” says Scott Raab, Outreach Director, Move America Forward. “For the second year in a row we have been named a top charity supporting our troops. We work hard every day to make sure our supporters know we appreciate their time and effort. Without them, nothing MAF does would be possible. The gift of a care package is so much more than just the goodies and most requested items we send, it is the comforts of home to warriors that serve so far away overseas.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Move America Forward received. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “They offer care packages to deployed military members, free of charge. My husband loves getting mail, it reminds them of home- and lets them know people (even complete strangers) are thinking about them and acknowledge the sacrifice they are making by serving their country.”

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Move America Forward was one of the first to qualify for the year. In addition, we have been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Move America Forward have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

About Move America Forward
Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supporting our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 375 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

About GreatNonprofits
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. Visit www.greatnonprofits.org for more information.

Media Contact
To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

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Reform of Veterans Administration Desperately Needed

MAF: Time to Push for Veterans Administration Reform after SHAMEFUL Incident of Poor Care for Nation’s Heroes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots Pro-Troop organization, is calling for the Trump administration to act on candidate Trump’s campaign promises to reform the Veteran’s Administration in the wake of poor service reports and astonishing wait times that became a scandal during the Obama Administration.

Recently news spread of an incident at a Durham, North Carolina VA Medical Emergency Room where a veteran seeking treatment was treated extremely rudely by VA staff resulting in an injury for the patient.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Platinum Status Upgrade for MAF

Pro-military non-profit MOVE AMERICA FORWARD receives PLATINUM status upgrade from popular charity rating agency GUIDESTAR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF) announced today that it has been honored with an upgrade to Platinum Level Participant from Guidestar, the leading provider of nonprofit organizations ratings and evaluations.

“We are very proud and excited to be named a Platinum Participant,” says Scott Raab, Outreach Director, Move America Forward. “For the third year in a row we have been recognized as one of the top charities supporting our troops, and being upgraded from Gold to Platinum level shows that we’re making progress and our efforts are paying off. We work hard every day to make sure our supporters know we appreciate their time and effort.”

“Without our committed supporters, nothing MAF does would be possible.” says Raab. “The gift of a care package is so much more than just the goodies and most requested items we send, it is the comforts of home to warriors that serve so far away overseas.”

The Platinum level rating awarded to Move America Forward is based on each nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more from information provided by Move America Forward and data collected by Guidestar. Guidestar is used as a reference by thousands of organizations and agencies including the Department of Defense to evaluate non-profits.

About Move America Forward
Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supporting our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 345 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.

About Guidestar
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.4 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 7 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector.

Media Contact
To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

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MAF Named Top-Rated Nonprofit Again!

Pro-Military Organization Move America Forward Honored to Receive
“2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award” from GreatNonprofits.org

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF) announced today that it has been honored with the prestigious 2015 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2015 Nonprofit,” says Scott Raab, Outreach Director, Move America Forward. “For the second year in a row we have been named a top charity supporting our troops. We work hard every day to make sure our supporters know we appreciate their time and effort. Without them, nothing MAF does would be possible. The gift of a care package is so much more than just the goodies and most requested items we send, it is the comforts of home to warriors that serve so far away overseas.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Move America Forward received. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “They offer care packages to deployed military members, free of charge. My husband loves getting mail, it reminds them of home- and lets them know people (even complete strangers) are thinking about them and acknowledge the sacrifice they are making by serving their country.”

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Move America Forward was one of the first to qualify for the year. In addition, we have been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Move America Forward have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

About Move America Forward
Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supporting our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

About GreatNonprofits
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. Visit www.greatnonprofits.org for more information.

Media Contact
To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

PLAYING POLITICS: Obama Defunds Troops, Holds Defense Budget Hostage for his Domestic Spending Agenda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization accused President Obama of playing politics with the troops again, after President Obama vetoed the Defense Authorization Bill in a fight with Congressional Republicans. The non-profit group that supports deployed troops overseas says troop pay raises and critical reforms that would give commanders the authority to let their troops carry guns to protect themselves on bases, are being held up because Obama is too committed to domestic spending increases.

“President Obama’s goal is to increase domestic spending and circumvent the spending caps imposed by sequestration and he’s willing to nuke the defense budget and defund our whole military in order to do that. Essentially he’s holding the whole nation’s security hostage.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group.

“There is no reason why spending on domestic programs has to be linked with funding for overseas operations that keep America safe from terrorist plots.” said Gonzalez, “Military families and troop-supporters are disgusted to see our national security policy used as a bargaining tool for the President’s other agenda items which include more tax and spend policies that Americans rejected when they elected a new Senate last year.”

The group also criticized Obama’s continued goal of closing Guantanamo Bay. “During his ‘bill-vetoing ceremony press conference’ the President said he was vetoing the bill because it prevented him from closing Guantanamo Bay.” Gonzalez continued. “The President continues to ignore the fact that Guantanamo Bay is essential to our country’s security and a majority of Americans are against bringing those prisoners to American soil.”

TIME TO END BAN ON MILITARY DEFENDING THEMSELVES

TARGETS OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE ARMED
LIKE EVERY OTHER AMERICAN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization says it is time to end the ridiculous policy of denying military men and women the opportunity to defend themselves in the United States against Islamic extremists.

“In the wake of another shooting at a military facility, today at the Navy Reserve Center, we should end the foolish policy of keeping American men and women in uniform from being armed so they can protect themselves,” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group.

“Islamic extremist have promised to attack American military men and women, and they have done it repeatedly.  It is disgraceful that the policy of disarming our troops has allowed this type of carnage to continue, today taking the precious lives of four Marines and severely injuring a law enforcement officer attempting to protect them.

“In 2008 we noticed this trend of violence against military recruiting centers and published ‘The Sedition Report,’ a collection of more than 50 incidents of violence or vandalism against military recruiters around the country. Since then, the trend against our military has continued and even become more acute, like the tragedy that happened in Chattanooga today.  We have to ask why the Administration and the Pentagon aren’t doing more to protect our troops stateside, whether they are on restricted-access military bases or in recruiting centers open to the public?

“Regardless of whether our military men and women are on a military base in Iraq or Afghanistan, Waco, Texas, or a strip mall anywhere in America, we have a duty to protect the safety of the troops.  Let’s start by letting our military keep their arms so they have the ability to protect themselves.”

“Most Americans have the right to have a firearm to protect themselves if they are in danger.  Why would we not give that same right to uniformed military personnel who clearly are in danger of attack by Islamic radicals?

“This tragedy in Chattanooga should have been prevented.  Our policy of disarming troops should have come to an abrupt end after the Fort Hood Massacre in 2009, where we lost 13 troops. We must stop this practice of ‘GUN-FREE ZONES’ that make our troops vulnerable.”

“Our hearts go out to the families of the Marines killed in Chattanooga today.  We must change the policy now so this tragedy will not be repeated,” concluded Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 325 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iran Deal Has “More Holes Than Swiss Cheese”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Danny Gonzalez (714) 926 – 6189
July 14, 2015

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Pro-Troop Group: Iran Deal Has
“Move Holes Than Swiss Cheese”


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Move America Forward, the largest grassroots pro-troop organization in the U.S., said President Barack Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran leaves more questions unanswered than instills confidence in a solid agreement to halt nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

20150714_iranobamaPresident Obama claims the deal will effectively halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions for 10 years in exchange for sanction relief. Move America Forward fears the deal gives Iran too many concessions without getting concrete verification of an end to a nuclear weapons program in return.

“The deal President Obama’s administration finally negotiated with Iran looks to have more holes than Swiss cheese.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the group. “One of the fundamental problems is that we lack confidence in President Obama to negotiate a favorable deal for the United States.  Everything he and his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have touched around the globe has turned out for the worst.

“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.

20150714_syriawar“In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, Iran’s influence and material support is fueling all the various bad actors who are making the Middle East boil over with violence. Part of Obama’s deal with Iran includes $100 billion in frozen assets than Iran will now have access to, plus billions more in sanction relief. Iran and the terrorist groups it supports will be able to wreak havoc on more innocents with that money, directly threatened our most cherished allies in the region.

“The most important and dangerous component, Iran’s centrifuges to make nuclear material, are untouched. Iran won’t be forced to dismantle any facilities, only shut down about two-thirds of them. Another key point that negotiators wanted was to stop Iran from researching more efficient centrifuges in the interim 10 year period. No word about that, so we fear they failed.

“The critical element that is supposed to keep Iran honest are the inspections, but this is where Obama’s deal seems the weakest. It gives Iran the option to appeal the inspections or delay them up to two weeks. So Iran will be allowed to continue playing games with inspectors and have ample time to hide anything they don’t want inspectors to see.  We saw this type of mischief with Iraq, which directly led us into a huge conflict.  Deals with untrustworthy actors will not hold.

“This deal also puts Israel in an incredibly tough position. We agree that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns that the agreement is ‘a bad mistake of historic proportion’ may be correct.  We must stand with Israel, our most reliable ally in the Middle East.

“Finally, we are extremely disappointed that Obama refused to condition any deal with the release of innocent Americans who are held unlawfully by the Iranian authorities.  We firmly believe 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,” concluded Gonzalez.

To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail danny@moveamericaforward.org

Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 325 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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