Rush Limbaugh Participating in Troopathon

RUSH LIMBAUGH TO SUPPORT TROOPATHON 7!

Great news everyone! We’ve just received confirmation that the most important radio personality in America, the legendary Rush Limbaugh, will participate in Troopathon 2014!

Rush has been an extremely critical asset to every Troopathon we’ve held and we continue to count on his support to make Troopathon a success. Without Rush Limbaugh and his huge audience, we would be hard pressed to get the word out to as many people as we otherwise could!

Rush has been on the airwaves since 1984 when he made his start in Sacramento, but he quickly built his show into the number one listened to radio talk show in America, where he continues today, as the biggest name in conservative talk. He’s on over 600 stations nationwide, and millions tune in every day to get the latest news and hear the perspective of one of radio’s most respected minds…RUSH!

Rush is an extremely generous supporter of our troops, but he’s not one to toot his own horn, so you may not hear about it all the time…but let us tell you the truth – he does so much for our men and women in uniform, more than we can even tell you.

Getting Rush on our show is a monumental boost, and it’s sure to help our troops – so we’ve got to spread the word. Share this e-mail with your friends and spread the news that we’ve got Rush Limbaugh this year, and he wants us all to join together in support of our troops and send a huge shipment of care packages to help them get through the hot summer!

Sending care packages is a way that YOU can help also… we have only one day left to reach our goal of $100,000 before Troopathon ends! Please Donate Now!

Come see Rush Limbaugh live on Troopathon! Make sure you tune in tomorrow at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern and simply watch the stream at www.troopthon.org. You don’t want to miss this intimate conversation with El Rushbo himself!

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Troops Write Back to Say Thanks – Letters Inside!

Troops Write Back to Say Thank You for the Support
We’re on the Home Stretch – Please Help Us Keep It Going!

We only one week left in our Troopathon care package fundraising campaign! We want to make sure tat we finish strong and reach our goal by the end of the program.

We’ve currently raised almost $48,000 of our goal, so we’ve almost reached our first benchmark of $50,000. We’re only two Battalion Pack orders away from reaching our first goal-post please help us get there!


Troops Write Back to Say Thank You for the Support

People often wonder why the troops even need care packages like the ones Move America Forward sends. You may think to yourself “Doesn’t the Army provide them that stuff?”

If you have ever questioned whether our troops need or appreciate the care packages we send to them, all you have to do is read some of the letters we get back. Most of them are very emotional and some are downright heartbreaking. You can see that these care packages make a huge impact on the lives of the people who receive them. Here are a few we recently received.

Move America Forward Guys -

You guys are so awesome! It is amazing how great your boxes are! I shared a little of everything with everyone :) I get up at 0400 so the delish coffee every morning. My LT’s love all the candy too! I wish i could squeeze all your cheeks! From a very humble soldier with a huge smile on her face. Thank you!

- SGT Jenee T.
Afghanistan

Ms. Debbie Lee -

Ma’am I can’t thank you enough for what you do! The kind words and blessings from others is indescribable, especially being here. I am an active duty Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, wife to an active Technical Sergeant, sister and sister-in-law to three active duty AF brothers, daughter to an Army (retired) Sergeant Major, and mother to two beautiful little girls.

Getting care packages and nice blessings from others is truly amazing and really helps with the agony of being away from my husband, my girls, and my family and friends. You’re not only supporting me by doing this, but my entire family! Thank you for the support you gave your son, there are so many people in this world that have and never will know the power and gift of support! You are an asset to our country.

Thank you so much Mrs. Lee. Please let me know if there is any way to repay you!

 

- S.SGT Flackensburg
Afghanistan
Hometown Carrollton, VA
Afghanistan

There are dozens more letters like these sitting in our inbox with the same feelings and emotions. For many of these troops our packages might be the only mail they will receive throughout their entire deployment. That’s why it’s so important that we continue our mission and reach our goal so that no troops feel forgotten or lonely during a deployment away from home.

With only 6 days until Troopathon, time is running out and we need your help! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops and also help us reach our goal!

 

 

25 Year Old Girl Delivers Care Packages by Helicopter

The Amazing Young Woman Who Delivered Hundreds of MAF Care Packages to Troops in Afghanistan

One of our most special and important guests of this year’s Troopathon is not a big-name celebrity who everyone has heard of, but someone who has been just as important to our troops as anyone else on our guest list.

Her name is Lacey and even though she was just 25 years old at the time, she has done some amazing things with MAF to help our troops in a direct way. Lacey spent years in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor and worked out of air bases in Afghanistan.

When Move America Forward was having a hard time getting care packages delivered to some of the more desolate Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan, Lacey volunteered to help find a way to make it happen. Not only was she successful in finding and organizing flights to deliver care packages to the troops on the front lines, but she often escorted the shipments and hand delivered them herself.

“As a helicopter dispatcher, I had many opportunities to fly around Afghanistan and personally deliver the care packages. It was an incredible feeling seeing how excited the troops were to receive them. Not only were they ecstatic about the snacks as a break from MRE’s, but also about the messages from Americans back home. It is a reminder that they are thought of, prayed for, and cared about. It was incredible bringing a little comfort to the troops while they were in terrible conditions far away from their family and home.” - Lacey


Lacey is a huge help to MAF and an important component of our operation. She is our link to the troops on the front lines and part of what makes sponsoring a care package through Move America Forward as special and unique way to support the troops. We are very proud to have her back in the States now and taking part in Troopathon this year!

With only 6 days until Troopathon, time is running out and we need your help! Please make a donation today to send more care packages to the troops and also help us reach our goal!


Troopathon 7 Father’s Day Message

Salute Our Military Dads


Today is Father’s Day and it’s not too late to do something nice for military dads out there. Many military dads are spending today overseas unable to see their sons and daughters. Whether sons serving overseas, making their fathers proud, or dads serving to protect their families, we pray for the safety and success of all our troops this Father’s Day.

 


There are over 33,000 troops in Afghanistan serving today in harm’s way. Many of them are military dads away from their families today. Support them and
send a care package NOW and help MAF reach our goal of $300,000 for this year’s Troopathon! Please hurry as time is running out to reach our goal! Please DONATE TODAY. Our troops are counting on us, don’t let them down!

Take the time today to honor the thousands of military families who spent Father’s Day away from each other, because Dad is thousands of miles away fighting for the USA. All our troops deserve our love and support, why not say thanks by SENDING A THOUGHTFUL CARE PACKAGE full of great food and personal care items.

 

From a Ret. Army Colonel: A Father’s Day Far Away
By Col. Arthur C. Pace

Being a military father is a challenging role, and a daunting responsibility. These great Americans struggle to balance the calling of their country with the calling of their families. They rise before dawn to join their units for physical training. They return well into the evening when the day’s tasks are completed. They have little control over their day. They are routinely called to distant locations to train or to fight. One of the first sentences uttered by military children is often, “Goodbye Daddy.” Their wives realize – but choose not to think about – that each goodbye could indeed be the final one. Wives and children know that when their husband or father joined the military, he wrote a blank check to the United States, not for a dollar amount but rather in the currency of his own life. In his heart, he hopes the nation will never have to cash it.Col. Arthur Pace joined American Bible Society in August 2012 as the director of the Armed Service Ministry after serving more than 30 years in the United States Army.

 

Quick reminder we still need your help to reach our Troopathon goal of $300,000 to send care packages to our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. We’ve only raised $30,517 so far, so we still have a long way to go and only 10 days left until Troopathon to do it. Now is the time to dig deep and truly make a difference to help those troops who sacrifice so much on our behalf.

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MUST SEE: Emotional Homecoming for Military Dads

Quick reminder we still need your help to reach our Troopathon goal of $300,000 to send care packages to our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. We’ve only raised $29,000 so far, so we still have a long way to go and only 12 days left until Troopathon to do it. Now is the time to dig deep and truly make a difference to help those troops who sacrifice so much on our behalf.

Military Dads Surprise Kids with Homecoming

As a way to honor our military dads for Father’s Day here are some great videos of military dads who gave their kids and families the gift of a surprise homecoming. As you can see, the immense outpouring of emotion is a testament to how much these kids miss their dads while they are on a 6 or even 12 month deployment.


Click on the pictures above to see each video of military dads surprising their kids.
If you like these, there are even more videos on the military.com playlist here.

As wonderful and encouraging as it is to the see the tears of joy in the faces of these reunited families, remember that these are the exception not the rule.

It’s rare that a serviceman or servicewoman has the opportunity to come home on leave and surprise their families.

For the rest of the 33,000 troops on the front lines it can be a lonely time – but you can change that by sponsoring care package full of support and goodies to remind them of the comforts of home. Click here to donate one now.

Father’s Day is Coming…Salute Military Dads

Father’s Day is Coming…Salute Military Dads

Whether sons serving overseas, making their fathers proud, or dads serving to protect their families, we pray for the safety and success of all our troops on Father’s Day this Sunday, June 15th.

There are over 33,000 troops in Afghanistan serving today in harm’s way. Support them and send a care package NOW to help MAF reach our goal. We’ve currently raised only $29,068 so we still have a long way to go to reach our goal of $300,000! Please hurry as time is running out to reach our goal! Please DONATE TODAY our troops are counting on us!

FATHER AND SON REUNITED IN AFGHANISTAN
by Ms Karla Marshall (USACE)

US Army News ArchiveAfghanistan may not be the idyllic location when Americans consider where to spend quality time with family members, but for Julio, a Puerto Rico native, and 1st Lt. Francisco Arocho, no place could be better. Julio, the deputy district engineer for programs and project management at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South and his son, Francisco briefly reunited April 15 at Kandahar Airfield to catch up with one another.Francisco deployed with the 668th Engineer Company, 980th Engineer Battalion, from Orangeburg, N.Y. in mid-December 2011 and Julio arrived in Afghanistan April 1. “Over the past couple of years our family has been really busy and we have not had many opportunities to be together,” said Julio. “Cisco married Laura in Norfolk, Va. in September and the whole family got together at Thanksgiving. Outside of those major events, we didn’t really get to see each other.”Although this time together is brief, for the Arochos, duty in Afghanistan is an experience they get to share. “Both dad and I have deployed before to Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is the first time that we are in the same place at the same time,” said Francisco, who served in Iraq as a Army National Guard enlisted Soldier prior to obtaining his bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University in 2010. “We get to see firsthand what each other is doing.”Francisco is stationed at Forward Operating Base Walton and inspects his battalion’s construction of persistent ground surveillance system facilities on other FOBs around the country. “My battalion makes it possible for coalition forces to deploy and use PGSS systems, which helps keep Soldiers safe.”

Julio is the senior civilian at the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, which oversees construction of Afghan National Security Forces facilities, U.S. military construction, and water and infrastructure projects that benefit Afghan citizens. “We have a really important mission in Afghanistan,” Julio said. “The Corps of Engineers directly supports the government of Afghanistan in providing safety and security for its people. I am lucky that I get to share that with my son.”

Julio and his wife of 32 years, Olga, live in San Francisco, Calif., Cisco and his new bride, Laura, live in West Point, N. Y. and Julio’s daughter, Alexandra lives in Japan.

“Alex has a master’s degree in education and works as an English instructor in Akita,” Julio said. “My wife and I miss her but the experience she is gaining makes the separation worth it.” In fact, Julio and his wife are considering a trip to Japan to visit Alex during his next scheduled rest and recuperation leave.

Take the time today to honor the thousands of military families today who are spending Father’s Day away from each other, because Dad is thousands of miles away fighting for the USA. All our troops deserve our love and support, why not say thanks by SENDING A THOUGHTFUL CARE PACKAGE full of great food and personal care items.

Join these Patriots who have given to Troopathon so that no Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine is forgotten this 4th of July. These generous donors gave over $100 to thank our troops and help us reach our goal!

MAF HEROES LIST
Did you know that each care package includes a personal messages of love and support from you? We receive word everyday from our bravest serving in Afghanistan who tell us how those personal messages mean the most to them.They are read countless times by our troops and are the perfect way to impact the lives of our heroes.



Are you willing to sacrifice a little for our troops your gift of $100, $200 or more will make one of our Heroes smile all day, Thank our Troops today!!

Hoorah! Don’t Stop Now!

HOORAH!!! DON’T STOP NOW

Patriot,
Thanks to you, we have momentum now- let’s keep it going!
As the military says it, “Bravo Zulu”. We asked you to help us gain ground and get Troopathon on track and thanks to your support we raised almost $10,000 dollarsgetting us closer and well on our way to this year’s Troopathon goal.
WIth just under two weeks left until our deadline, we have raised $25,195 for Care Packages. Can you help us get over the next hump? Your donation will deliver a care package filled with the love and support our brave men and women in uniform desperately need and deserve as they risk their lives for our freedom.
We can’t stop now, with so many of our our troops risking their lives. It’s more important than ever to remember our troops fighting on the front lines, facing imminent danger every single day. Al Queda attacks are on the rise and troops’ morale is down.Take a moment to remind our troops that they are not forgotten. The Care Package you send will have all the items they want, the items they need and will be remembered long after they return home.
Join these Patriots who have given to Troopathon so that no Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine is forgotten this 4th of July. These generous donors gave over $100 to thank our troops and help us reach our goal! Donate now to join them HERE!

MAF HEROES LIST


We still have a long way to go if we are going to reach our goal of making sure every single Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine who is risking their life for our freedoms receives the comforts of home while they serve.

Did you know that each care package includes a personal messages of love and support from you? We receive word everyday from our bravest serving in Afghanistan who tell us how those personal messages mean the most to them.

They are read countless times by our troops and are the perfect way to impact the lives of our heroes.



Are you willing to sacrifice a little for our troops your gift of $100, $200 or more will make one of our Heroes smile all day, Thank our Troops today!!

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Time Is Running Out! Help!

URGENT: Time Is Running Out And We Are Failing Our Troops

Patriot,We really need your help! We only have 15 MORE DAYS until the end of our Troopathon care package campaign and so far we have only raised $15,344! It might be because the war overseas isn’t in the news, or people are thinking about other distractions in the news. Whatever the reason WE MUST DO BETTER to support our brave men and women of the military.

If we can’t meet our goal by the 25th, we’re letting down our troops on the front lines and missing an opportunity to send them much needed supplies and support during the dangerous summer season.

Will you donate a care package to help us reach our goal and send the troops the love and support they need?

Click here right now and help us reach our Goal!

Join these great patriots on our MAF Heroes Wall:

MAF HEROES LIST
These generous donors gave over $100 to thank our troops
and help us reach our goal! Donate now to join them HERE! 

We still have a long way to go if we are going to reach our goal of making sure every single Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine who is risking their life for our freedoms receives the comforts of home while they serve.

Did you know that each care package includes a personal messages of love and support from you? We receive word everyday from our bravest serving in Afghanistan who tell us how those personal messages mean the most to them.

They are read countless times by our troops and are the perfect way to impact the lives of our heroes.



Are you willing to sacrifice a little for our troops your gift of $100, $200 or more will make one of our Heroes smile all day, Thank our Troops today!!

Taliban Attack Airport, 28 Killed!


The Summer is always the most dangerous time for our troops on the front line in Afghanistan, and the events of this weekend just underscored the graveness of that danger. In the most daring attack we’ve seen all year, the Taliban attacked the airport in Karachi, the largest airport in all of Pakistan. While the attack left 28 people dead and many more injured, it’s a disturbing show of force that proves the Taliban is extremely active and dangerous throughout the world.

USA TODAY reported that a Taliban spokesman was quoted saying “THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING”. The recent violence across both Afghanistan and Pakistan shows that this will continue to be a bloody and violent Summer.

WE FELT LIKE SITTING DUCKS’ PASSENGER SAYS

By Sophia Saifi, Holly Yan
and Saleem Mehsud

Terrorists entered Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport at two different spots with a big plan: to destroy a group of parked airplanes and “bring down our aviation industry,” according to the Pakistani government.

It was late Sunday night, and the militants were armed with guns, grenades and suicide vests. They went into the cargo area, about a kilometer (0.62 miles) from where commercial planes take off.

There were 10 terrorists, military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa said, and two of them detonated suicide vests.

By the time the attack was over, 28 people were dead, including eight members of airport security forces, two Pakistan International Airlines employees and one ranger. Another 24 people were injured, the military said.

Even though this attack happened in Pakistan, it has major implications for our troops across Afghanistan. It shows that the Taliban is still active and dangerous, and regardless of the rhetoric you may hear from Pres. Obama, the war is NOT winding down. This is still an extremely dangerous conflict!

We must support our troops during these very violent and dangerous times. Don’t forget that our troops are in harm’s way everyday! Today, please sponsor a care package for one of the 33,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.


Our goal is to make sure every single Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine who is risking their life for our freedoms received the comforts of home while they serve. We still have a long way to go and need your support to reach our goal!

Did you know that each care package comes with a personal message from you? The boxes we send come jam packed with the very most requested items – Gourmet Coffee, Beef Jerky, Field Towels, Gatorade plus a whole lot more. But the most important item of all is your personal messages of love and support.

We receive messages everyday from our bravest serving in Afghanistan who tell us how those personal notes mean the most. They are read countless times by our troops and is the perfect way to impact the lives of our heroes. When making a donation please take the time to write down why you are giving.

 

70th Anniversary of D-Day

70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion of Normandy

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The men and women of the Greatest Generation earned their name as such after the bold and risky storming of the beaches in Normandy, France during the morning hours of June 6, 1944. Brave Americans rose to answer the call to fight back against the Nazis, crushing those evil empires who wanted to conquer the world. Over 160,000 allied troops participated in D-Day.

One cannot remember events like D-Day without thinking of 9/11 and the current conflict we find ourselves locked in, against radical Islamic terrorist groups. Both in WW2 and the current War on Terror we are fighting against an ideology defined by extremism, and racial hatred that the Nazis and the Taliban both represent.

This day will forever be remembered as an anniversary of loss and sacrifice, but also the bravery and determination shown by so many American soldiers who fought on foreign soil to win freedom for people whom they had never met. Such is the selflessness and the compassion of the American soldier, and our troops carry on that legacy today with every Afghan school, hospital and police station they help to build or protect.

Today, the NEXT 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.

We must never forget. And still we must give our thanks to our living and fighting heroes. Today, please sponsor a care package for one of the 33,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.


Our goal is to make sure every single Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine who is risking their life for our freedoms received the comforts of home while they serve. We still have a long way to go and need your support to reach our goal!

Did you know that each care package comes with a personal message from you? The boxes we send come jam packed with the very most requested items – Gourmet Coffee, Beef Jerky, Field Towels, Gatorade plus a whole lot more. But the most important item of all is your personal messages of love and support.

We receive messages everyday from our bravest serving in Afghanistan who tell us how those personal notes mean the most. They are read countless times by our troops and is the perfect way to impact the lives of our heroes. When making  a donation please take the time to write down why you are giving.