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Causes: International, Military & Veterans Organizations, National Security, Veterans

Mission: Move America Forward (MAF) is a nonprofit military charity based in Sacramento, California and the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. Our principal mission today is to provide care packages and letters from grateful Americans to the troops deployed in combat areas around the world. While there are many admirable groups supporting our veterans, we are one of the few organizations left supporting active duty troops deployed to the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas around the world where are troops are in harm’s way. MAF began by holding pro troop rallies and sending special coffee and cookies packages directly to the troops. Our mission and care packages quickly transformed into a year round military care package operation providing the most requested items and the taste of home to our heroes. Conducting national holiday bus tours, led delegations to Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, taking Gold Star Parents to Iraq, working with military servicemen and women, pro troop companies, service organizations, and many other supporters from all across the nation to benefit our troops. Move America Forward has sent over 388 tons of care packages to deployed troops and continues to this day. 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. We work with other non-profits, military service organizations, corporate sponsors, community networks and private citizens to support our Military and demonstrate affirmatively our appreciation and admiration for their service to America. It is our strong belief that American citizens must be enlisted in the effort to let our troops know that they are in our hearts and prayers and that we will defend their service and honor them here on the home front while they protect America on the front lines overseas.

Results: MAF has sent over 388 tons of care packages to deployed troops and continues to this day to work with other non-profits, military service organizations, corporate sponsors, community networks and private citizens to support our Military and demonstrate affirmatively our appreciation and admiration for their service to America.

Target demographics: Combat Deployed U.S. Military Service Members

Direct beneficiaries per year: Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force

Geographic areas served: Afghanistan, Iraq and any other place we have combat deployed troops

Programs: Move America Forward (MAF) is a nonprofit military charity based in Sacramento, California and the nation's largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. Our principal mission today is to provide care packages and letters from grateful Americans to the troops deployed in combat areas around the world. While there are many admirable groups supporting our veterans, we are one of the few organizations left supporting active duty troops deployed to the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas around the world where are troops are in harm’s way.

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187 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Move America Forward is a great non-profit serving our troops overseas. It allows us to thank these brave men and women for their Service, Sacrifice and Support. It also lets them know They are remembered each and every day. MAF also allows us to send these reminders at times other than major Holidays when troop morale may be waning. Of course, the festive Holiday Boxes are also great.We have received personal Thank You notes from recipients acknowledging what a lift me up these packages are to them. We will continue to support Move America Forward and their Good Work!

1 Doris K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great assistance from Scott getting the information into the system. Great items included for our soldiers. Been supporting our troops for 20 years and this is the best plan I've seen.
Thank you !!!

1 Peg L.

Donor

Rating: 5

With the 4th of July just past us, my wife Peg and I want to thank our brave men, women, and K9's for keeping us safe. We want them to know how much we appreciate them, and their courage and loyalty to our country. We cannot comprehend what life is like for them now. Please encourage them to take care of themselves and know they have our hearts and prayers for peace.

With tremendous respect and prayers, Peg & Tom

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Donor

Rating: 5

Though this may seem so common and simple, but I do appreciate our troops. I was a laugh enforcement officer, so I know what it is like having to be on alert while on duty. Yet, our military troops are on alert 24/7. If it weren't for the troops, our freedoms would not be what they are; period...! I hope that the packages these soldiers receive put a smile on their faces.
Though I do not know one soldier out there working for us, I do appreciate what they are doing and they are all in my prayers. Believing in God should be a big help to them. Someone to talk to at least. God bless them all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just received my care package in the mail, and I’m beyond excited for all the tings I received!! Thank you again to everyone at Move America Forward for all their hard work and support!! A grateful Soldier

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so glad to be supporting our troops in this small way. I'm teaching our daughter to say to every service person she encounters to say, "Thank you for your service."

1

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful cause. My son served in Iraq in 2003 and his mother and I sent care packages to him. I am a veteran myself and know how much it means to our troops. God bless!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was greatly appreciated and 100% unexpected to receive a care package while serving overseas. Given the difficulty of access to the items given to us in the care package, it was with gratitude we accepted the gift, as well as a great boost to the morale in our sub-standard living conditions. We extend our gratitude and look forward to any other gifts which may come our way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great way for me to feel like I am really showing my support and love for our men and women in the military!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated to MAF from the beginning, and I've received many grateful testaments to their effectiveness from our overseas troops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to everyone at Move America Forward all the way from the K9 teams in Kuwait! Not only did they send us packages full of goodies and girl scout cookies, but they also sent personalized letters to us which meant so much. Special shoutout to Grandma D, we have your letters up and they have definitely motivated us even more. We are so appreciative for you all here at this great organization and thank you so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Lisa Sanchez.l am a recently retired Hospital Corpsman with the United States Naby/ Marine Corps. I have recently been volunteering at the "Move America Forward " organization here over in Rancho Cordova. We work gathering supplies and shipping them overseas to our brave and heroic soldiers. I myself being a Vet find this job very fulfilling and gratifying. Lets all say a prayer to all of our troops over there doing a good job. Keep up the good work all you ladies and gentlemen. Semper Fi!

1 Eric B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization!!! They really are amazing and their patriotism is unmatched, thank you for all your support and big shout out to all the donors and volunteers you’re all amazing !!

1 Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Move America Forward several years ago online, and was delighted with their program to supply care boxes to our troops all year long, but especially on holidays when the troops really miss being home. Writing a note to go with the packages is a wonderful way to let our troops know how much we appreciate all that they sacrifice for our country. I have selected Amazon Smile for MAF so that whenever I shop on Amazon, they contribute to MAF. This is a wonderful charity that I contribute to happily.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent experience, easy to contribute, and we know that a military person will receive a wonderful package from them. We have contributed many times and been very pleased. Also they have a top rating among non-profits.

Donor

Rating: 1

While I believe you are a good organization let me be candid. When your receipt page takes three pages and use up color ink it is a total waste. We are able to give to organizations like yours because we are frugal. Reduce your receipt to one or two pages with no pics. If we wanted pics we would go to your website; they are not helpful on a receipt.

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MoveAmericaForward 11/14/2019

Well I wanted to follow up and let you know that went to a new format that should make the receipt use much less ink and less busy. Appreciate you comment, but hopefully this might change you rating of us! Hopefully this change will help other as well.

2 Robert172

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Move America Forward online some years ago. I was impressed with what they were doing and their dedication and commitment to sending our troops overseas a little bit of home. They do a fabulous and non-stop job for people who need some thoughts from home.

The service is easy to use and there are enough choices to fit every budget. Give our men and women in uniform some love for the thankless job they do EVERYDAY to keep us safe at home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Move America Forward for years whenever I can because they do such a great job of showing our troops that someone is thinking about them and cares! They are serving in some of the worst places on earth to keep America safe and do a thankless, dangerous job. MAF also gives thoughtful, useful gifts that our troops can truly use. Not just niceties from home but items like flea-collars for keeping sand fleas off! (Who would've thought of that?!) It's just a small thing to show these young men and women that they aren't forgotten. If I was serving in one of these God-awful places, I'd sure love to receive something like these MAF "care-packages" contain. A bit of home while away in some of the harshest, unsafe environments in the world. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to MAF on a monthly basis for several years. I do this because I believe they are the top public organization that provides support to our troops stationed overseas. I have received numerous notes from recipients thanking me for providing the monthly packages and I can't tell you how much I appreciate them for saying this. These folks are putting their lives on the line for us and I feel the very least we can do is to provide a bit of home when they are so far away.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of Move America Forward for many years and I know they do tremendous work as I've gotten a number of thank you notes for packages delivered to troops stationed overseas. In my opinion the job they do is beyond great especially when you consider that so many organizations supporting our troops do so much less. This is a top notch group of people and I'm proud to support them.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Just wanted to thank everyone for providing a care package and bringing a little bit of home while I am deployed overseas. The troops enjoyed everything that you sent over!

Donor

Rating: 2

I am extremely disappointed that your organization promised to send me a gift certificate to the restaurant I chose when I called to donate and here we are at the end of January 2019 and nothing has been sent. I also called your customer service number back in December to follow-up on this, and nothing was done. While it was my pleasure to have donated, it makes me a little hesitant to donate to you in the future. My opinion is that if you did not keep your word in sending me what you promised and offered in return for my donation, how do I know you used my money to send care packages?

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MoveAmericaForward 11/14/2019

Hi Marco, I am very concerned about your comment. It sounds like you participated in a radio drive for Christmas. As stated on the Radio stations website it can take them a little while to send out up to 6 weeks after the drive which ends in Dec. SO please lets follow up and make sure you got what you were expecting. thank you for supporting the troops! you can reach us at 916 441 6197.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I served for 29 years - British Army. During that time I never received a parcel when serving overseas. Cannot imagine what it feels like to be remembered by those "back home"!
Major (Retied) B J Harrison

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband was a young Marine, who often received packages from home. He told me that he looked forward to getting mail and cookies and other goodies which he shared with his buddies. It made a difference to him to know that he wasn't forgotten, and that those back home thought about him. My gift is in his honor. I want our troops to know how much they are appreciated and remembered. Move America Forward fulfills my hopes that every soldier feels remembered, particularly at this time of the year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son served for 22yrs. in Army. I used to send packages to him overseas, and want to thank all Service Men and Women whom have served our Country.

A Proud Father

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Donor

Rating: 4

Having served a tour in Vietnam as a young soldier I know what it is like to be far away from home especially at holiday times. God best and keep you all.

1 Diane L.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Our troops are America's first line of defense against evil. Their sacrifices at home and abroad deserve our utmost respect. May God bless our Troops and may God continue to bless the United States of America

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have made it a custom to send boxes to the troops at least twice a year. We send a male and a female box that we each fill. On the 4th of July we host a Support Our Troops party at our home, we've had up to 200 guests attend. We also place about 500 flags at our club for every Memorial Day, Veterans Day, 4th of July, Flag Day, Presidents Day as well as any golf tournaments that support our Troops. This year we are happy to support this nonprofit organization. As we get older, we find it difficult to get around, shop for the box and get it out to the post office. This is a wonderful idea, I never want these men women to think that we, Americans have forgotten them. God Bless Our Troops

Donor

Rating: 2

Thank you for choosing Move America Forward (MAF) to send care packages to our troops on the front lines. This email is to confirm your donation on 11/20/2018. Your order number is 21753.
Please delete my order. your email contact info rejects emails?? why?

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MoveAmericaForward 12/12/2018

Hi Jupiter123 and anyone else that might be reading, This is Scott Raab Outreach Director, We did receive the request for refund via email on the same day as this comment and responded to the email and refunded it that same day. We are always happy to refund/modify any donation to be inline with the donors intent. Just wanted to make sure people knew that emails we receive are not rejected despite what the comment says. For any questions or to get a hold of us anytime please feel free to email or call us. VR/ Scott Raab USN OEF/OIF Outreach Director | Move America Forward W (916) 441-6197 | F (916) 706-2865 | C (916) 956-3544 3105 Fite Circle, Suite 108, Sacramento, CA 95827 www.MoveAmericaForward.org

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being a Vietnam War Vet I know what it's like to be away from home during the holiday season. Having the opportunity to send our brave men & women a little "taste home" is just one way I can give back to them the thanks for making our country safer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating towards care packages for several years now. It's important that we as US citizens show our support and appreciation for our troops. Every and now then I am blessed enough to receive a thank you note from a recipient of a care package made with my donation. Care packages are supposed to boost their morale but receiving a note certainly gives me a thrill and a sense of pride knowing I helped a service member. Thanks MAF for ensuring our troops get the support and care they deserve!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was wonderful to receive the care packages sent by Move America Forward. Being deployed is not easy and to receive items from those that appreciate us troops makes the days go easier. The boxes came with food, books and hygiene items that were used by all. Thank you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

All of my brothers served in the Armed Services including 2 during times of war. My Mother would ship homegrown tomatoes to my brother serving as a Cobra pilot in “Nam.” Today, fewer American families have direct connection to service members so fewer “feel” the sacrifices they endure. Yesterday, I received a call from Move America Forward. I fully expected a solicitation but it was a personal “thank you” for my previous contribution and the feedback they get from the troops about the “gifts” from home. That is top notch in my book.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I like that the K9 soldiers are being taken care of also!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received three care packages from this company, and they were wonderful to receive during my deployment. They had candy, coffee, calling cards, and hygiene products in it, as well as very nice thank you notes from the sponsors of these packages. I would recommend this very giving company to any of my deployed folks who are in need of moral.

3 Lorrie N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am married to a 20 year veteran of the Army. He told me how he loved getting something from home. I also have a niece that serves and she says the same thing. I am disabled and don't have a lot, but I really wanted to do something. I want to thank Move America Forward for the great thing that they are doing for our troops!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What support to our troops and you give all of us a chance to show our love and support for what they are doing for us. May God bless all of you.
Love, Gerald & diana

3 Pamela M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My dad was an Air Force staff sergeant! When he did talk about his experience it was usually about his comrades. He watched a lot of history channel movies and had many books. I loved him so much and was extremely proud of his service. Even though I was not even born yet when he served it was important to understand what it meant. I think all who serve deserve the utmost respect for their sacrifices for us. It is my pleasure to make this donation. Let freedom ring and God Bless!