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August Monthly Newsletter

This is how we Party at MAF — We Threw a Packing Party!


First and foremost thank you to all our sponsors who ordered troop support packages and all the great volunteers who came down to help us assemble the actual care packages!  Thank you to all the volunteers, everyone who spread the word and especially to our friends at TRAVIS Air Force Base and BEALE Air Force Base that took time to come down to help us pack. We had an incredible group full of familiar faces and people who have never visited us before. And they packed over 840 care packages in the first shift a new record!

There are still thousands of American troops deployed in the war on terror.

Hundreds of boxes were packed, labeled, and made ready to ship!


Our K9 Packages Now Feature KONG Brand!

Move America Forward is very proud of our K9 Care Packs! When most people think about the U.S. military, it conjures up images of America’s bravest men and women, but most people don’t think about the furry friends that serve alongside our troops on the front lines.

Military Working Dogs have been used for years by our men and women in uniform deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 


Our K-9 care packages include special dog-goggles to protect sensitive eyes from dirt and debris. And we’re proud to announce that we’re now including KONG Brand durable dog toys in our K9 packs. These dogs work hard, but play time is an important part of training and bonding with their human partners.

That’s why we are very proud and thankful to the Kong Company for helping us get these KONG dog toys into our boxes.



Donating a care package is the easiest way to give our brave K9’s and their partners the comforts of home while they are so far away and sacrificing so much for us. Each box also has a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items for the human soldier as well.

These handlers and dogs are highly trained and are instrumental in sniffing out IEDs, bomb making materials, patrolling, and standing guard. It’s as dangerous for these K9’s as it is for our soldiers, especially in the harsh environment of Afghanistan. IED’s threaten our troops as well as the local Afghan civilians, so every bomb found by a K9 warrior means innocent lives are saved.



Send a K9 package today!


That’s why our Care Packages are always stuffed with a wonderful array of high quality items that our troops consistently request and come with a personal note of support from you to make sure they know they are not forgotten.


Temperature Climb in the Middle East!

Our Care Packages Have Items to Help Troops Stay Cool!

Middle East forecast shows incredible
temps up to 122 degrees.


Image how tough it is for our troops overseas serving in the hottest, dustiest battle zone while temperature blaze.

You can help though, because care packages from Move America Forward come with sunblock, lip balm, wet wipes and deodorant all of which are extremely useful and important to help keep the troops dry and protected from the harsh sun.

These are just some of the great personal care items that the troops will be delighted to find in a care package sponsored by you. And, of course, we still include tasty treats and snacks as well as gourmet coffee and cookies to give our heroes a taste of home with some comfort food!



Troops tell us in their own Words what it means to get a Care Package!
Recently, we have seen  a BIG surge in our Soldier Sign-up Program on our website. This program allows soldiers to sign-up to receive care packages from us.

With so many troops still overseas fighting the War on Terror, there is still an enormous need to support our men and women in uniform. There are up to 18,000 troops now deployed in Iraq (5,000) and Afghanistan (13,000), as well as some 500 special forces in Syria.

We are working hard to fulfill all the soldier sign-up requests and make sure that all our brave men and women of the military receive the care package that they requested!   
 
As part of our Soldier Sign-Up Program, the troops can leave a message with some of their thoughts and feelings and share a little bit about themselves. Below are some recent notes and care package requests from troops on the front lines. They convey what it means to them personally, to serve and to receive support from you.


Real Notes from Deployed Troops



Show our troops that they haven’t been forgotten and send a care packages to troops like these just waiting for your help!



It’s so great when we hear back from troops who have received packages sent through Move America Forward. We though you would enjoy reading one of the actual notes we received back just this week.


Hello,
 
Thank you so much for the care packages we received today, the boys enjoyed it and we all shared it as a group! I have 36 guys that are out on the other outstation that we share our care packages with! We really appreciate your support!

God bless,

Leremia M., Afghanistan


Hat’s off to our Coasties — Happy 226th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard! 
Semper Paratus


U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines.

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of America’s five armed services and traces its founding back to Alexander Hamilton, who as Secretary of the Treasury authorized the construction of 10 ships to be used for enforcing tariffs, trade laws and to prevent smuggling. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor the modern-day U.S. Coast Guard.

The modern-day Coast Guard is the smallest of the armed services, yet performs a variety of tasks from search and rescue to maritime law enforcement.

Happy Birthday to all our Coast Guard families and supporters!


TWEETS FOR THE TROOPS @M_A_F


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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, just copy this link http://www.moveamericaforward.org/soldier-sign-up/ Once the soldier has registered they’ll be eligible to receive packages and messages of support from caring Americans like you.


What They are Saying on Great Non-Profits
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MAF’s Monthly Smiles Club Keeps the Smiles Coming Year-Round



Want an easy way to keep those smiles coming all year long? Join the Move America Forward Monthly Smiles Club.

You can a join Monthly Smiles directly by ordering and checking the box that says “Yes, I would like to make a re-occurring gift” and selecting your frequency. Our troops really need your ongoing support, so why not join Monthly Smiles today?


If you have questions and would like more information, just fill out this form and Lisa Baron, our Director of Troop Support who oversees our Monthly Smiles Program will contact you directly.

Don’t want to commit to a package every month? We can also set up programs that send packages out for all the different holidays through the year. We have members who send out packages for Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and others who send out packages every other month or even quarterly. We’re here to help with whatever you or your company, group or organization wants to do to support the troops. There’s no obligation, and you can stop sending packages at any time.

If you have a question or would like additional information, contact Lisa Baron, our Monthly Smiles Director at LisaBaron@MoveAmericaForward.org.


As always, special thanks go out to our Sponsors!:





You can help make the daily routine of our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq a little more bearable.

Nothing brings a serviceman or woman more joy than knowing that someone back home is thankful and thinking of them while they are on deployment. Care packages include a wonderful array of high quality food, snacks, and hygiene items that troops overseas consistently request.