November 2013 Newsletter

We Honor Our Veterans!

Monday, November 11, is Veteran’s Day. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have served our great nation. To all of our Veterans, we say “Thank You!”

We also wanted to take a moment to honor some of Move American Forward’s Family Veterans.

Debbie Lee — Most of you are aware of the ultimate sacrifice made by Debbie Lee’s son Marc Lee when he was killed on August 2, 2006 helping to save the lives of his teammates. We honor Marc’s sacrifice and he is always in our hearts.  In this month Debbie’s Corner we will hear Debbie Lee talk about being Marc’s mom as well as her brother Jim, her eldest son Kristopher and her son-in-law Christopher all of whom proudly served.

Marc, Christopher and Kristopher

Lisa Baron – Many of you may know me through Monthly Smiles, our Corporate Giving program or our Monthly Newsletter. I have always felt a calling to ensure our troops are honored and remembered.  Perhaps it’s the fact that I was born on Veteran’s Day but more likely it is due to growing up listing to my father’s stories about his time as a Marine with the legendary First Marine Division during WWII.

Eugene J. Durk, USMC

Having fought and survived the grueling battles on Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and Okinawa my dad was a living reminder of the sacrifices made by most American men of his generation. Tucked reverently in my dad’s steamer trunk alongside his uniforms and mementos lies a tear stained letter written to my father in 1945 from his sister June informing him of the death of her husband Richard at Luzon in the Philippians. Although the tears shed on this letter dried nearly 70 years ago, this silent testament is a stark reminder that many more were not as fortunate as my father who returned whole and intact and went on to spend 61 years married to the love of his life, my mother Joan, and to raise eight children who were lucky enough to call him dad.

I was fortunate enough to marry my husband Michael, the son of an Army Veteran in 1990. At the time I met him he was a plank owning member of the 110 ft. U. S. Coast Guard Island Class Cutter Attu.  My husband spent nearly 25 years on active duty as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. As a Caribbean Ninja as the crew called itself,  the Attu crew served on the front line on the war on drugs and had one of the best drug interdiction records in the Caribbean at that time.

Michael J. Baron, USCG (Retired)

My husband spent nearly 25 years on active duty as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and served in many vital roles from pollution and hazardous material response to drug interdiction and law enforcement and I am proud of his service to our country.

Diane Nagy — My uncle Michael Nagy was flying one of the last planes shot down in WWII and we honor our veterans this Veteran’s Day. Please remember all our brave who have ever sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to keep our flag flying at unreachable heights. It is because of them, that we have the freedoms we enjoy, and for them, that we continue to fight for our freedom!

Michael Nagy, US Navy

Michael was a gunner for a Navy Torpedo Bomber on his way home after completing his last mission. His route home crossed the path of the aircraft carrier USS Independence en route to Japan, which was short two torpedo-bombers. Mike and his crew volunteered to fly in the place of one of the missing aircraft, and joined them for “one last mission.” Mike never returned from that mission.

A few years later, his brother John (my father) while serving in the Army, went to Maizuro Harbor in Japan to search for Michael, in hopes he might still be alive.  It was there that he learned from a villager that Michael had indeed given his life, when his plane was shot down and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Scott Raab – There is nothing in my life that I am more proud of than enlisting in the United States Navy. I served as a Communications Intelligence Analyst and Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection instructor to members of every branch of the military and our civilian counterparts. As a disabled combat veteran now working through Move America Forward to help those who took an oath to  protect and defend our Constitution, I am extremely humbled every day by your generosity and kindness.

I knew at a very young age that I would serve my country and it was no surprise to my close circle of family and friends when I left home to pursue that end. Most families have their traditions. In my family each generation has answered that call to serve. So in my family, service was a part of our tradition. Of course it was a very difficult for my mother to see her only son leave after the events of 9/11. It is one of the only times I can ever remember seeing her cry. The hardest part for me and many others is never being able to tell her where I was or when I would return. One of the hardest conversations I have ever had was when I told her I was extending my enlistment for an additional year from a satellite phone overseas.  For many months I was only able to tell her I was safe and doing my duty and would be home soon. These are the hard times every military family goes through.

My fondest memory was the day I came back home. It’s hard to describe that moment, however, I can tell you that the reason all of us work so hard to make sure we reach ever single Marine, Soldier, Airmen and Sailor possible is because that day takes so long for families to get to.

Scott Raab, US Navy and Grandfather (WW2 Vet)

Every generation of my family has served in uniform for as long back as we can trace. My grandfather, a World War II veteran, is my role model and still the one person I  want to impress. He once said “There is no higher honor than supporting your country, to protect the freedoms and liberty that it represents. No matter if you serve or support those that do.” I am reminded of those words especially on Veterans Day and whenever I have the honor to talk with someone serving or who has served, their family or one of you that takes the time to think of them and send a care package with your message of unwavering support.

This Veterans Day like all others I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so kind and generous to those who have served and for never forgetting all the sacrifice that they make serving our great nation.

We know many of you have a veteran in your circle of family and friends. We are asking you all to please take the time to thank your friends, co-workers or loved ones this year who have served our country so proudly.

We like to offer you the opportunity to send out a special troop support package in honor of your loved one who has served.

Simply enter your order and in the message area please enter your message to our troops and let them know in whose honor you are sending your package.

 Did you know?

November 4, 1979 –  Iran Hostage Crisis begins as  Iranian  student militants  overrun the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran, taking  52 Americans hostage who were held captive for 444 days. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have not resumed.

November 6, 1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President of the United States.

November 10, 1775 – Happy 238th Birthday United States Marine Corps!

November 11, 1919 – First Proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day and officially changed by congress in 1954 to Veterans Day.

November 13, 1942 – Five members of the Sullivan family  — Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George — serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Juneau lost their lives during or shortly following  a Japanese torpedo attack in the waters off Guadalcanal during World War II.  Due to the Deaths of the Sullivan brothers, the U.S. Navy no longer allows close relatives from serving on the same ship.

November 19, 1863 – President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address during ceremonies dedicating the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Battlefield as a National Cemetery. Lincoln’s speech clocking in at just under two minutes is now considered one of the greatest speeches in American history.

November 20, 1945 – The Nuremberg War Crime Trials began with 24 former of Nazi leaders charged a variety of crimes including crimes against humanity.

November 22, 1963 – President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling with his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The President was pronounced dead at 1:00 PM CST at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. At 2:38 p.m., Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States aboard Air Force One.

November 26, 1789 – Although traced backed to the Pilgrims in New England.  President George Washington declared that there be a Thanksgiving Day, a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic.


We Give Thanks!

Thanksgiving is a day when many of us count our blessings, and take a moment to remember family and friends who can’t be with us to share the day. At Move America Forward we’re thankful to each and every one of you who send packages and messages of support to our deployed to let them know they’re not forgotten.

We’d like to make sure as many soldiers as possible get a taste of the holidays, so we’ve put together some special Thanksgiving treats in our packages that range from hot apple cider mix, to festive multicolored candy that’s sure to bring a real taste of home.  Of course our packages are packed with plenty of our regular treats like beef jerky, nutritious trail mix, candies, cookies, coffee and lots more.  And ever Thanksgiving   package includes a special personalized message to our troops at no extra charge.


The leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and we are experiencing the crisp cool temperatures that November brings. Along with that we have two holidays that we celebrate this month, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. No matter our circumstances we all have so much we can be thankful for!

Among the top of my list for things I am thankful for are our Veterans who have served and sacrificed. Our warriors who through the ages, in numerous wars and conflicts, wearing different uniforms have selflessly given for the freedoms we enjoy every day. This month I would like to highlight those who have served in my family and honor them and the uniforms they proudly wore.

My oldest son Sgt. Kristofer Lee, served in the Marines from Aug 2000-December 2005. He was the Communication Specialist for his unit and was also the martial arts Green belt instructor.

My son-in-law Christopher served in the Army as a Lieutenant  from 2001-2003 and was deployed to Iraq.

My youngest son Marc was in the Navy from 2001-2006. He was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq 8-2-06 and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart and numerous other awards.

My brother Jim is a Master Sergeant in the Air Force for 30 years and has deployed to the combat zone over 10 times.

Me and My Brother Jim, an Air Force MSgt

Our family has represented every branch of the military and proudly wore the different uniforms of each branch. I’m looking at Marc’s uniforms hanging on the wall next to me as I type this. A hero, my son, my mighty warrior once wore each one of those uniforms.

He wore some during BUDs, some while jumping out of an airplane with a parachute strapped on, others for formal events with ribbons and his Trident perfectly placed. Yet others saw the sands of Iraq in heavy combat and felt the warm blood drench the cloth as Marc gasped for his last breathe of air as he defended his teammates and our freedoms.

The fabric of these uniforms isn’t anything special, what made it special was the one who filled it. They filled it with courage, determination, love, humor, commitment, perseverance, selflessness and hope. Each one of our Vets who served through the ages have also displayed those same characteristics.

As a nation we owe it to each and every one of those who proudly wore the uniform a depth of gratitude and respect. We owe it to our fallen heroes to never forget their sacrifice. We must live our lives daily showing our Veterans that we understand and are grateful for all they have given for us.

As a nation we come together on Veterans Day to corporately recognize, honor and thank everyone who has served. I hope that it’s not just Veterans Day that you remember and support our Vets. I choose to do it 365 days of the year as I do recognize the price they paid for my freedoms.

Marc’s last letter home talked about how we could change our world by doing more random acts of kindness. He ended that letter with a challenge “to my family and friends, pass on the love, the kindness, the precious gift of human life.” I would challenge you on Veterans Day to accept Marc’s challenge and fill your day with random acts of kindness for those who have served.

If you have served please know that from the depth of my heart I send my love, respect, gratitude and support! You are an American hero!


MAF Honors Fallen Hero Army Nurse Jennifer Moreno

1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno, 25, died in an improvised explosive device attack along with three other U.S. service members on Oct. 6 in the Zhari District.

Lt. Moreno belonged to an elite joint Special Operations cultural support team which accompanied  Ranger and Green Beret units.

According to Army Ranger Regiment spokesperson Tracy Bailey, the team was hit during a night mission that prevented a high-profile suicide attack in the city of Kandahar. According to Bailey a person wearing a suicide bomb detonated near the Ranger-led patrol, and then a series of other bombs exploded.

In addition to the four fatal casualties, 30 soldiers were wounded by the explosions, Bailey said.

Moreno, originally from the San Diego  was deployed out of Madigan Army Medical Center. Army records show that Moreno was the first soldier to die in Iraq or Afghanistan while serving under Madigan’s flag.

Earlier this month, in a statement, Col. Ramona Fiorey said the whole medical community at Madigan was “deeply saddened” by Moreno’s death.

“We’ve lost a superb officer and a caring nurse who served with marked distinction and honor throughout her career,” Fiorey said.

This was Moreno’s first deployment.

Three others were also killed in the enemy attack: Sgt. Patrick Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa.; Sgt. Joseph Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.; and Pfc. Cody Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.

Moreno is survived by her mother and two sisters in San Diego and one brother currently serving  in the Army.


It’s November already!  So, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner.  This is such a busy and fun filled time for many Americans here at home, but it’s also a special time to remember our troops serving in harm’s way who won’t have a chance to celebrate these special days with their friends and loved ones.

Move America Forward is happy to offer a special Holiday Duo promotion that will automatically send a package from you next month in  December along with your special note of thanks to celebrate these special holidays.

Our Thanksgiving packages will be packed with our regular treats but will also include special holiday treats like candy corn to ass a touch from home and our Christmas package will have extra treats like soft peppermints, a fleecy red and white Christmas stocking and hot chocolate as well.

Just order your package today for November from the order button above and we will automatically send out a package in the same amount billed to your same credit card in time for Christmas.

Holiday Support Made Easy

The Holiday’s are just around the corner.  Before you know it you will be asking yourself where another year has gone. Let MAF make it easier to remember our troops. If your company, group, school, club or organization would like to send soldiers holiday packages, now’s the time to get in touch with our Group Gift Coordinator and get your program underway. There’s still time for us to put together a custom program for you that could include sponsoring a group or unit, sending packages to soldiers from your home state, or supporting members of a particular branch of the service. We want to be able to do everything possible to make your program special, so if you’re even thinking about “We should really do something to support the troops” this holiday season, send an email to

Signing Up a soldier for a Support Package is Easy

If you have the address of someone deployed on active military duty to sign them up to receive a package.from program, or copy this link and e-mail it to them so they can register themselves.

“I Am Happy to Serve My Country”


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 TLC our soldiers need to remind them that people back home support their mission.

If you prefer, copy this link 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.

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