Active Duty U.S. Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez write about the history of the Marine Corps secret weapon, that’s been helping Marines fight America’s wars since the first days of the revolution: Coffee!
It’s true, one of the most appreciated items in Move America Forward’s care packages is the locally roasted gourmet coffee provided by the Rogers Family Coffee Company especially for the troops on the front lines.
We have a wide range of boxes of Rogers coffee in our warehouse in many different flavors and roasts like French Roast, Espresso Roast, Hazelnut, Southern Pecan, Breakfast Blend, Irish Creme, Colombian, and the 100% organic Rainforest blend. Rogers coffee is a very important part of our care packages!
August 19, 2013Every American knows the story of the Boston Tea Party and its implications on the Revolutionary War. Lesser known, but perhaps of greater relevance to a nation recognized more for coffee breaks than tea time, is the fact that America’s taste for coffee is inextricably linked to the history of its military.CLICK HERE TO SUPPLY OUR TROOPS WITH THE COFFEE THEY LOVE
We weren’t aware of it until just recently. But in hindsight, it made perfect sense that we would become obsessed with coffee when we joined the Marines. As we later discovered, we were part of a long line of men whose enthusiasm for the drink was closely tied to their experiences in the service.
Battle-weary Marines of the 22nd Regiment drank coffee after heavy fighting on Einwetok Atoll in the Pacific Theater in February 1944.
As Capt. Robert K. Beecham wrote in his book, “Gettysburg: The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War”: “The power of the soldiers to endure the fatigue of the march and keep their places in the ranks was greatly enhanced by an opportunity to brew a cup of coffee by the wayside.”
Years later, when it was our time to join the Marines, Vietnam veterans told us stories about burning C4 explosive to make their coffee in the jungle. We weren’t as cool – the rations we were issued came with a flameless chemical heater – but like those before us, coffee would serve as one of the few constants in our otherwise nomadic existence.
There usually wasn’t much time, and more often than not we would simply choke down a packet of dry instant coffee for its caffeine. But, when possible, we would sit for a few minutes and bond over a cup with another Marine.
The authors, First Lt. Harrison Suarez, left, and First Lt. Michael Haft, brewed coffee during down time in training in Camp Lejeune, N.C., in September 2012.
There are over 100 care packages sitting in our warehouse ready to ship out to troops in Afghanistan on the front lines. We just need your help to sponsor them so we can get them out the door! Please help us send a strong message of support to the men and women who go overseas to protect our lives and freedoms.
We hear over and over again from troops that receiving a care package got them through some of their toughest times on deployment. A message of support and love reminded them that they are in our hearts. Click here to send a care package and give our troops the best gift anyone can get while deployed; love, care, and support!
STAG ARMS Aims to Support Troops Overseas
DONATES RIFLE TO HELP RAISE OVER $300,000 ON TROOPATHON
Sacramento, Calif. – Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization announced the winner of a huge giveaway from STAG ARMS to help promote Troopathon 7, a star-studded effort to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan. At the end of the fundraiser MAF collected $301,626 thanks, in part, to the generous support of STAG ARMS.
To help support TROOPATHON and send more care packages to the troops, Firearms Manufacturer STAG ARMS partnered with MAF to give away a FREE AR-15 rifle, valued at over $900. The winner, Wayne Dupree, an 8 year Air Force veteran who lives in Maryland, can choose any one of three available STAG ARMS models in left-handed or right-handed configuration.
“Winning this Stag Arms Rifle during Troopathon 2014 was the cake on the table for me but the icing was gathering social media together and giving them a way to make donations to my military brothers and sisters in the way of care packages.” said Mr. Dupree
“I was in the military for eight years and I know first hand what a care package will do especially in times when you are lonely or homesick. It was a great honor to have helped them and win this rifle. While in the USAF I was expert with the M-16 and .38 so this is something I will treasure always.” said Dupree, after being notified that he was the winner of the STAG ARMS AR-15 giveaway.
“Stag Arms has always been a supporter of the troops not just with discounts on purchases for our servicemen but in donations to pro-troop initiatives like Troopathon. We were honored to have their support and because of their generosity more troops overseas will receive support through care packages this Summer.” said Scott Raab, Operations Director in charge of coordinating care package shipments overseas. “Without wonderful sponsors like STAG ARMS we wouldn’t have been able to raise over $300,000 to support our troops.”
“Troopathon 7 – Care Packages for Our Heroes” was the 7th annual Troopathon event, an 8-hour long fundraiser bringing together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other supporters to encourage viewers to sponsor care packages for the troops serving overseas through the group’s website (www.troopathon.org) or by phone at (866) 866-6372.
To arrange an interview with Melanie Morgan or another Troopathon spokesperson, contact Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926-6189 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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U.S. troops getting free coffee
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Chris Swift at www.rogersfamilyco.com
- Rogers Family Company has donated 41,349 bags of coffee in the last two months to MoveAmericaForward.org.
- On November 6, 2013 Rogers Family Company made its most recent donation of 10,922 bags of coffee to MoveAmericaForward.org which will be shipped to our active duty soldiers in individual care packages.
When I decided to write this article, I had no idea of the generosity this company and its owners were capable of. I was so proud to work for this company already, and learning the details of this giving program has now made me beam with pride.
Naively, I wondered why soldiers in the desert would want coffee. As of the writing of this article, it is 45 degrees in Kandahar International Airport. OK, I get it now. So you might be asking yourself, “who is Move America Forward?” Well, I will let them explain that. Move America Forward mission statement:
Move America Forward (MAF) is the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and their missions to defeat terrorism. MAF is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans, and military families all across the nation who share in our unwavering support.
As a business, Rogers Family Company believes it is their duty to give back and who better to give to than those laying their lives on the line each day? Working with MAF has provided us with a direct link to individual soldiers, and allows us to make a difference in their daily lives. You would be amazed at the smiles and stories that come from these brave men and women when they receive one of these care packages. Small gestures generate huge responses.
EXAMPLES OF SOLDIER COMMENTS/STORIES:
Oliver S. “. . . well we don’t have much access to coffee except in the chow hall which is only open at certain set hours …. exacerbating my condition is that although there is occasionally decaffeinated coffee rarely can I find the good stuff. So anyone is interested my section . . . would be grateful for some good ole ground & caffeinated coffee. . .” Ryan A. “. . . It really does not matter what it is just something that says “hey, you are not forgotten and we still care”. Letters from small kids have been the biggest hit so far. The soldiers love the letters from the kids and the drawings. The only two big request I have had so far is one, Kerige (not sure I spelled that right) the coffee machine that makes one cup at a time. The guys are asking for one that fills travel mugs. We have boxes of coffee but the last machine broke. . . “ History of Move America Forward:
Move America Forward was initially formed by The Honorable Howard Kaloogian and acclaimed broadcast journalist and television personality Melanie Morgan. In response to concerns raised by U.S. troops that the news media was frequently presenting inaccurate coverage that often ignored the success of their missions and accomplishments in the War on Terror.
Together, Rogers Family Company and Move America Forward are dedicated to improving the lives of our active duty soldiers through these care packages. Small gifts mean the world to these men and women.