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Honor Their Service: the Troop-a-thon

Move America Forward, the nation's largest 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to the heroes of the American Armed Forces, is hosting its second annual Troop-a-thon to benefit U.S. troops overseas on Thursday, June 25.

Melanie Morgan, syndicated radio show host and Move America Forward founder, and Andrew Breitbart, esteemed author, editor, and creator of Breitbart.com and Big Hollywood, will co-host this year's event -- broadcast live from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The Troop-a-thon has one noble goal: to send the largest shipment of care packages in history to U.S. troops serving overseas.

With 146,000 troops in Iraq and 59,000 in Afghanistan, U.S. troops are in harm's way, but much of their sacrifice and bravery goes unnoticed by the media. Their continued duty and valor must not pass unrecognized. Too many men and women, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers face debilitating conditions on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan -- especially during the summer months -- while those of us back home remain safe and secure. We are afforded these luxuries because of our military heroes; we must remind the troops that an entire nation is forever grateful for their service.

Move America Forward launched its "Coffee, Cookies, Gatorade, and Beef Jerky for our Troops" program, now the "Care Packages and Candy Diplomacy" program, in response to requests from American troops overseas for specific items they missed from home. Those items include: Oreo cookies, premium coffee, premium beef jerky, Planters fruit and nut trail mix, Jelly Belly jelly beans, bug repellent, and lip balm.

Each package includes a personal note expressing the individual sponsor's gratitude for the military's continued dedication and sacrifice.

During these worrisome economic times the war may not be the lead story, but nonetheless American troops continue to fight for freedom and liberty. Move America Forward's "Honor Their Service" Troop-a-thon reminds all Americans about the brave men and women overseas, and provides the opportunity for Americans to join and to say "thank you for your service to this great nation."

President Ronald Reagan's public service legacy embodies this gracious sentiment. Move America Forward believes it's a great honor to be associated with a president immortalized by his national security vigor and compassion for our troops. The care packages include President Reagan's favorite candy, Jelly Belly jelly beans. And with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as the stage for this year's event, this sequel is sure to top the original!

The noteworthy politicians and celebrities participating in this year's event demonstrate the continued tremendous public support for our troops. Guests include: President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, General David H. Petraeus, Buzz Aldrin, Rush Limbaugh, Kelsey Grammer, Gary Sinise, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Sean Hannity, Jon Voight, and many more! These fantastic guests guarantee an eight-hour event full of personal anecdotes and calls to "Honor Their Service." UStream.tv will broadcast the Troop-a-thon from 1 p.m. PST to 9 p.m. PST, and other media outlets will also feature portions of the program.

Last year's Troop-a-thon brought in over $1.5 million and sent over 80 tons of care packages -- an inspirational and unprecedented symbol of American civilians' patriotic appreciation for U.S. troops. Move America Forward believes it can make history again, but fellow Americans must gather together once more and "Honor Their Service."

The Troop-a-thon is the finale of a 30-day care package drive, currently underway. In order to send the largest shipment ever, Move America Forward needs support now. To sponsor a care package today, or to get more information about this great event, please check out http://www.troopathon.org.