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Hosting Troops A Rewarding Experience

AFAF has announced its 11th Annual Adopt a Marne for Thanksgiving Program with over 400 of America’s Heroes scheduled to be hosted by Coachella Valley families.

AFAF Adopt a Marine

AFAF started the program to bring together young Marines who are away from home with families that want to provide the troops with a very special Thanksgiving.

Nine valley clubs are combining to provide more than 175 host families for the day. Families interested in hosting Marines can sign up beginning October 1, 2017. Click “Read More” for the full story and details.

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Medal of Honor Recipient addresses AFAF Salute to our Troops attendees

Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer (retired), recipient of the Medal of Honor, provided the keynote address to attendees at AFAF’s April 11, 2017 Salute to our Troops. Sergeant Meyer is the first living Marine to receive the honor since 1973 and has been inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

Salute to our Troops

Describing his efforts to save 13 Americans and 23 Afghan military from certain death, Meyer was both humble and distressed he could not do more. Despite orders to stand down in his efforts, Sergeant Meyer continued through heavy attack to meet his goal of saving everyone he could.

Salute to our Troops

Sergeant Meyer continues to serve his country by partnering with United States Marines to raise funds for scholarships for the children of Marines killed in combat. His efforts have contributed to raising more than $1 million for the program. He also regularly visits military bases to meet the troops while telling of his combat experiences.

World Famous Rhythm Painter excites AFAF Salute to our Troops Atendees

World famous performance painter, David Garibaldi, performed his well known act of “Rhythm and Hue” for guests attending AFAF’s annual Salute to our Troops held April 11, 2017 at Toscana Country Club.

Salute to our Troops

During his act, Garibaldi completed two paintings that were later entered in the event’s live auction. Garibaldi first did a painting of famous golfer Jack Nicklaus and next painted a combat Marine holding his young daughter. Guests marveled at Garibaldi’s ability to do the paintings upside down while only revealing the subject of the paintings when turning them over at the very end of his performance.

Salute to our Troops

Garibaldi performed with themed background music pulsating to his acrobatic painting performance. Winners of the live auction for the paintings later had photos taken with the artist and their newly purchased paintings.

   

Events News

8th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament Plans Announced!
AFAF Tournament Director Fred Nothdurft has announced the charity’s 8th Annual Military Appreciation Golf Tournament will return to the prestigious Classic Club in Palm Desert, California on Monday, November 20, 2017.

The annual event is a day of celebrating our troops with a fun day on a world class golf course, outstanding food and lots of gifts and prizes for the troops.

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The annual event features 80 Marines from several southwest Marine bases joining 20 civilian sponsors for a day of golf, great food and lots of prizes. The Marines are sponsored by both civilians playing in the tournament and those who were unable to play but wanted to sponsor one or more Marines for the event. .

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Following the golf tournament, gifts are presented to the Marines following lunch at the Classic Club.

Fred Nothdurft, tournament director, works with a group of volunteers to make the day special for the troops. Fred commented he appreciates the help of the volunteers and all the Marine sponsors for the event. He also expressed thanks for the donations of the gifts to be presented to the Marines.

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AFAF Announces Dates for 2018 Salute to our Troops & Golf Classic!
American Friends of our Armed Forces announced its Annual Salute to our Troops & Golf Classic will be held April 10 and 11, 2018. Details, including names of the keynote speaker and other performers, will be announced near the end of 2017.

Salute to our Troops & Golf Classic

AFAF GROUP VISITS KEY COMBAT TRAINING SITES AT MARINE BASE

A group of more than 30 key AFAF supporters visited the Marine Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms for a tour of combat training sites and activities.

VIP Base Tour

Viewing the combat training made the group realize why America’s military are the most well trained and prepared in the world.

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AFAF Military Support Reaches $2.5 Million

American Friends of our Armed Forces announced financial support for military programs has reached $2.5 million since the charity was formed in 2005. Support for 2015 exceeded $200,000.

AFAF provides a wide range of financial assistance from items shipped to troops in combat zones to program support for military families stationed at southwestern U.S. bases.

Walter VanBenthuysen, President of AFAF, announced 2017 trends indicate the charity will exceed 2016 levels of military support. Read More


American Friends of Our Armed Forces

Our goal is to serve those who serve us. We have no political ideology and take no positions on conflicts in the world. Our sole objective is to assist the valiant men and women who protect America's freedom.

We are a group of concerned citizens who want to make a positive impact on the lives of America's military families.

AFAF is a not for profit charity registered in the State of California and is a fully qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization under IRS regulations, Tax ID# 20-1961737
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