May Newsletter 2013

Shout out to our Moms!

So Many of our Deployed Moms will be celebrating with only a dog-eared photo of their children at hand as they serve far from home this year.

They are proud to do their job, making sure their kids and everyone else’s are being watched over and protected by the greatest troops the world has ever known.

Let’s make sure these brave moms are looked after too! We are delighted to announce our MOTHER’S DAY care packages are ready to order on our website!

Don’t wait! Mother’s Day is May 12th and we want to make sure these super-moms will have a package in hand to remind them how much they are appreciated! You will even be able to include your own heart-felt message of support!

Our military Moms know the meaning of SACRIFICE better than anyone, so join us thanking them this Mother’s Day!

Thanks to All Who Supported Wounded Warrior Care Packages

This past month MAF started a special program to reach out to our wounded warriors returning home.

We have developed a care package that contains the essentials for personal hygiene, grooming, and extras to help incoming patients receiving treatment.

Our Wounded Warrior Care Packages come in a durable, flame retardant “Cinch Bag” filled to the brim with items Walter Reed and the VA has requested. The Care Pack also has a special compartment keeps important hospital paper work separate from the rest of the bag.

Each bag contains essentials they will need like high quality hospital socks for cold floors, 10 piece oral care kits, toothpaste, non-alcoholic mouthwash, deodorant, lip balm, and other approved personal hygienic items. We also include a deck of professional playing cards, candy, and sugar-free chewing gum. For all those who have sponsored a package, we send our thanks.

Help us take care of our wounded Veterans who have returned home for treatment by donating a Wounded Warrior Care Package. These bags will be delivered to Walter Reed and to local VA hospitals and distributed to active duty and Veterans receiving treatment.

Memorial Day – Honor &Remember

This Memorial Day take time to remember our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. On May 27, 2013 Americans will come pay their respects at cemeteries, memorials and parades, There is also National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. MAF is asking our supports to proudly fly their flag in honor of our service members and our great country and if you happen across a uniformed member or a retiree proudly wearing their uniform or a commemorative cap, take the time to offer a hand shake or a hug.

Mark Your Calendar Now for Troopathon VI Live Event!

We are gearing up for Move America Forward’s 6th Annual Troopathon on Thursday June 27, 2013 from at 12 to 8 PM (PDT). LIVE from the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library.

This year’s theme, “Salute our Troops” was selected to honor the sacrifice and hard work of our troops in the name of liberty and freedom. Troopathon is MAF’s way of remembering that sacrifice and providing our sponsors with a way to say “Thank You.”.

We will keep you posted as we firm up this years exciting list of featured guests.
Thank You Highlight!

At Move America Forward we love hearing from our soldiers, and we know you do too!  We hope you enjoy reading this card just as much as we did.

 


Calling all Troops!

Signing up to receive packages is easy!
If you are deployed or have the address of a deployed military member, you can click here for our Military Sign Up Center to sign them up to receive one of our great care packages loaded with plenty of the tedner love and care our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, copy this link http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ and e-mail it to your soldier so they can sign up themselves. Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you!


Mother’s where would we be without them? Mom –the woman who carried us for 9 months, and then endured the pains of child birth, just so we could live. Yet that was just the beginning of the sacrifices that she would make. There would be many sleepless nights, stinky diapers, visits to the doctor for stitches; teacher conferences; wiping away tears; encouraging words; discipline; great sacrifices; and tons of selfless love and support. Many Mothers raised their children as a single parent as I did, which added to the struggles.
At the age of 23 I found myself divorced, with a 3 year old, 18 month old and pregnant. There was no child support, no help and at times it looked like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. My children were the reason I persevered, I had to. It was not easy and I won’t pretend that I was the perfect parent, my children could tell you otherwise, but I did the best I knew how.With three adult children and 8 grandchildren I know look back and question. “What happened to the tunnel???????” We survived, we made it, and each one of my children is impacting the world in their own unique ways. You often here me speak of my son Marc, the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, but I am just as proud of my other two children Kristofer and Cheryl.
Each one of us need to honor the Mother that God gave us as we approach Mother’s Day, but I would also challenge you to reach out and honor a military mother on Mother’s Day.Our Gold Star Mother’s find this holiday to be extremely difficult. They have given their very best for this nation, and this is another one of those days that is a reminder of the loss of our fallen hero. If you know a Gold Star Mother take her to lunch, bring her flowers, chocolate, or a gift certificate for a spa day, just to let her know you remember and you have not forgotten that sacrifice.Our Blue Star Mother’s have raised warriors who daily are fighting for our freedoms. Many have their children in the combat zone and try to carry on and function knowing that their child is fighting the terrorists in the hills of Afghanistan.

The wives and mothers of our deployed warriors who are at home, raising their children and keeping the home functioning and running, filling the role of both Mommy and Daddy until their hero returns.

Hopefully you tell your Mom thank you often and love and honor her. If you are a Gold Star Mother, my heart understands and deeply embraces you today and I will never forget. To each and every Mother who raised a warrior who fought in any conflict for my freedoms, thank you, job well done. To those moms whose hero is deployed, I say, Hooyah, Hoorah, Hoohah, keep, keepin on!

I would love to hear back if you accept my challenge to honor a military Mother and what you did for them. You can reply to me at Debbie@moveamericaforward.org.

This Mother’s Day I will be thanking God that he gave me the blessing of being a mother to three children by birth, and so many “adopted” children by the brotherhood of service.

Remembering our Mothers,
Debbie Lee

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Move America Forward is Proud to Honor Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad

Staff Sgt.  Rex L. Schad, 26 was killed in action on March 11, 2013 in Jalrez, Wardak Province, while conducting a patrol brief with Afghanistan National Police. He was assigned to Company A. 3rd Battalion; 69th Armor, 1BCT, Fort Stewart, GA, serving as a Squad Leader on his 2nd deployment to Afghanistan.

SSG Shad was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. During his seven years of Army service, SSG Schad has been awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor; two Army Achievement Medals, two Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign with Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Infantryman Badge.
At his Military funeral in Oklahoma, his platoon leader, 1st Lt. David Swanson, who traveled with the body all the way from Afghanistan, said that Rex was the best squad leader in the Battalion and perhaps in the entire Division.

 

MONTHLY SMILES – WITHOUT THE HASSLE

Want one less thing to remember? Just give us criteria for selecting soldiers and your budget and we’ll do the rest – monthly, quarterly, or on any schedule you want.

Then you’ll be sure no matter how busy you get, you’re keeping those smiles coming. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you’d like to know more, send an e-mail to lisabaron@moveamericforward.org, and put Monthly Smiles Club in your subject line. Or order a package now and check the box that says you want to join the Monthly Smiles program.

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