Foundation inspired by marine launches new initiative (video)


Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion was killed in Iraq while assisting wounded comrades during a firefight in 2007. Now, the words he said before his final deployment have been used as an inspiration to start the Travis Manion Foundation.

“If not me, then who?” Manion asked before leaving U.S. soil for the final time in his life. Amy Looney, the widow of Manion’s best friend, was on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning to reveal a new public service campaign by the Foundation.

“Character Revealed” is a new campaign focused on connecting people who have never served in the armed forces with military members and their families. Looney, the foundations’ vice president, says they want people to live well, using the character traits of service members and their families as inspiration for others.

“It sets the example for those that might never choose to serve or haven’t served. It identifies the attributes and the contributions that our service members, their families, and our survivors are bringing to the table. They lead through strength, resiliency, [and] courage,” Looney explained.

Looney’s husband, Navy SEAL Brendan Looney, died during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. Brenden Looney and Manion are buried beside each other at Arlington National Cemetery.

Watch both the “Fox and Friends” interview and Character Revealed announcement below:

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