October Monthly Newsletter

MAF is Proud to Honor Fallen Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis


The Pentagon says Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis of Staten Island died August 28, 2013 in Ghazni Province from wounds received during a firefight with insurgents. Ollis was an infantryman in the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum in northern New York.

Ollis was an ROTC student at the Michael J. Petrides School , Staten Island  and enlisting shortly after graduating in 2006. After serving in Germany and Fort Campbell in Kentucky, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He previously had done combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His unit was deployed to Afghanistan in January.

Shortly before his death, the 24-year-old  Ollis learned he had been awarded the Bronze Star as had his father before him who had served in Vietnam.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had flags on state government buildings flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 4 in honor of Staff Sgt. Ollin.

“Along with all New Yorkers, I extend my sympathy to the friends, family and fellow soldiers of Staff Sgt. Ollis,” Governor Cuomo said. “We mourn the loss of this young soldier but we will remember and honor his service to our nation.”

Ollis is survived by his parents Robert and Linda Ollis, and two sisters.

Move America Forward Monthly Smiles member Thomas DeMarzo of Staten Island who has known Ollis and his family since Michael was a small boy has ordered a Monthly  Smiles package be sent out to a soldier serving in harm’s way on monthly basis in the memory of Michael Ollis as his way of honoring Michael’s service and sacrifice.

Farewell and Following Seas to Best Selling Author and Patriot Tom Clancy

Patriotic Author Tom Clancy, renowned for his best-selling military thrillers passed away October 1, 2013 at a Baltimore hospital. Clancy was 66.

Clancy’s writing career spanned over three decades as he rose to prominence with such works as “Patriot Games” and  “The Hunt for Red October.” Clancy is best known for his technically detailed espionage and military plot lines that are set during and in the Cold War and his best known recurring character CIA operative and later politician Jack Ryan who is featured in more than a dozen of Clancy’s works..

Clancy’s newest novel which will feature Jack Ryan one final time in “Command Authority,” is scheduled for a December 3, 2013 release date.

Many of Clancy’s novels were also produced as blockbuster movies and top-selling video games. Four films based on Clancy novels featuring Jack Ryan have been produced. Ryan is portrayed by Alec Baldwin in the 1990 film “The Hunt for Red October”, Harrison Ford in “Patriot Games (1992)” and “Clear and Present Danger (1994)”, and Ben Affleck in the 2002 film “The Sum of All Fears”. A fifth film entitled “Jack Ryan: Shadow One” is scheduled for release in 2013 with Chris Pine in the role of Ryan.

In addition to films, Clancy lent his name to a series of popular video games such as the “Splinter Cell” and “Ghost Recon” series and he was also a part-time owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

Clancy, well known as a political conservative and prominent supporter of the National Rifle Association, made headlines when he blamed liberal lawmakers for gutting the CIA and indirectly causing the attacks on September 11 on The Bill O’Reilly Show shortly after the attacks.

Clancy also authored several non-fiction military themed works including “Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces” and “Battle Ready”.


“MAIL MAKES OUR DAY”

Did You Know…?

October 1, 1946 – The International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany sentenced a dozen high-ranking Nazi war criminals to death including Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force.

October 3, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

October 8, 1918 – During World War I, U.S. Sergeant Alvin  York single-handedly took out a German machine-gun battalion, killing over a dozen and capturing 132. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre.

October 13, 1775 – The United States Navy was born after the Second Continental Congress authorized the acquisition of a fleet of ships.

October 17-25, 1944 – The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, took place off the Philippine Islands, during World War II in the Pacific. The battle involved 216 U.S. warships and 64 Japanese ships and resulted in the destruction of the Japanese Navy including the Japanese Battleship Musashi, one of the largest ever built.

October 23, 1983 – A truck loaded with explosives was driven into the U.S. and French headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon by terrorists, exploding it and killing 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French paratroopers.

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations was founded.

HOLIDAY TRIO

It’s October already!  So Halloween, 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 Trio promotion that will automatically send a package from you each month for October, November and December along with your special note of thanks to celebrate these special holidays.

Our Halloween and 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 October from the order button above and we will automatically send out a package in the same amount billed to your same credit card in November and December as well.

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.

On Sept 29th I sat staring at my computer to write this with a heavy heart.  The last Sunday in September was declared Gold Star Mother’s Day by Congress in 1936. I became a Gold star Mother on Aug 2, 2006 when I was notified that my son Marc Alan Lee had been killed in Ramadi, Iraq becoming the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in Iraq.
This was never a club that I or any other Mother aspires to join. We are Mothers who birthed a child who gave their lives fighting in combat defending our freedoms. Becoming a Gold Star Mother is not something that you congratulate someone for as an uninformed radio host did on an interview I did. Yet it is an honor knowing that our children made the choice to serve and defend the freedoms we enjoy every day and selflessly sacrificed their lives.

 

We were blessed that God picked us to be their parents and that we had them for the years that we did. As painful as it was to lose Marc after 28 years, I can’t imagine not having him at all. I have so many amazing memories of him that will be passed down from generation to generation. Marc’s spirit is still very much alive and still impacting people all over the world when people hear his heroic story or read his last letter home.
As Mothers, children are one of the greatest gifts and blessings we have and we’ve given our very best for this Nation. Losing a child is documented as the toughest loss to bear. I’ve often thought how much more difficult it must be to lose a child from a drug overdose or drunk driving accident. Where you just want to shake your child and say “what were you thinking?”
It doesn’t get any more noble or honorable than for your child to give all of their tomorrows so that every American can enjoy their todays. Through the centuries our troops have fought, bled and died for the red, white and blue, that represents America! As Mother’s we never envisioned having that same red, white and blue flag draped over our child’s coffin as we said our last goodbyes. The flag, our national anthem, taps, bagpipes playing amazing grace, hold a new level of understanding and emotion to us. We do understand the price for freedom, and have paid deeply!
Thank you America for remembering the sacrifice of our loved ones who gave their final breath defending the values we hold dear. Thank you for honoring the families of the fallen.
Since Marc’s death I have dedicated my life to honoring and supporting our troops and the families of the fallen. The parents, spouses, children, siblings, and teammates of our fallen heroes all need our support and love as they process through the grief. We at America’s Mighty Warriors are always here for you and recognize the price you have paid so that we may remain the Land of the free and home of the brave. We will never forget!!!
Remembering,
Debbie Lee

Spooktacular News!


As the air begins to take on a bite of Fall and the leaves turn to gold and red here at home our thoughts turn to childhood fun like legions of little ghosts and goblins hitting the streets to Trick or Treat.

We wanted to bring a small bit of that celebration to our troops serving so far away. So starting in October, our packages will include yummy colorful candy corn as a reminder to our troops that even though they can’t be here to celebrate with their own kids, and raid their Halloween candy stash, they can still get a little treat from the folks back home who haven’t forgotten their service.

Soldiers often see a nice bump in packages during the Christmas season, but that is still two months away and some of these brave men and women never see packages from home. Why don’t you take a moment to send a package now, and we will include the candy corn along with our regular goodies like gourmet coffee, beef jerky and soldier friendly field towels from Hoo-Ahhs and many other treats and necessary items.
THANK YOU MAF SUPPORTERS – September to Remember

Move America Forward was honored to donate well over 300 of our Wounded Warrior Care Packs (WWCP) to a yearly event recognizing veteran needs by the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services Committee(VAVSC), “September To Remember”. The WWCP program was started to help alleviate the costs to hospitals that provide these type of personal hygiene products every month nationwide, so they can focus on other services like providing a hot meal or helping veterans get to and from their appointments. The event was well attended and many other Volunteer Service Organizations also were in attendance.

Our Wounded Warrior Care Packs (WWCP) were specifically designed in partnership with Veteran Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) to ensure it provided exactly what doctors and veterans needed for their overnight stay while seeking treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder or physical therapy after losing limbs in the line of service.

Our Veterans put everything on the line for us when they put on the uniform. We may never be able to repay them for protecting our freedoms but thanks to supporters like you we are able to show them that we appreciate everything they have done.

Whether it’s sending a care packages to the front lines in Afghanistan, giving a veteran a WWCP or just writing a message, anyone can make a huge difference to those who sacrifice so much. What will you do?

TOP TWEETS IN SEPTEMBER


 

 


FUND THE VA AND TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS!

Don’t use our veterans as political pawns!

Veterans risked their lives to protect our country and many have paid dearly and sacrificed greatly.  Many have lost limbs and have been severely injured fighting our enemies and protecting our country.

Unable to work many veterans rely on these checks to survive and support their families.  Many of our VA hospitals are housing veterans that are recovering from battlefield injuries and we can’t stop taking care of them just because Washington can’t agree.

Today’s politicians need to take a lesson from George Washington when he said “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”

Demand your elected official take care of our Veterans!!!

Here are a few comments from others who have already signed!

Shawn F. from Springdale, PA writes:
It is time to put petty feelings aside and fund the government, especially those things that help our soldiers and veterans. Our veterans fought so that we could be free and we repay them by keeping them from their own memorial. It is time for this to end.

Leland B. from Norwalk, CA writes:

If you are living in freedom, THANK A VETERAN as they made it possible

Sarah B. from Gouldsboro, PA writes:
I tweet in the name of a great grandmother which links me to 5 brothers who served as colonels in Revolutionary War. My passion for Vets runs deep.

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