By Dom Giordano
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano spoke with Col. Tom Manion, the father of Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed in Iraq in 2007, on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
Tom Manion is the co-author of the new book, Brothers Forever, about Travis and Brendan Looney, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Manion believes his son and his former roommate represent the best of our military servicemen and women.
“Travis and Brendan [are] an example for the rest of the country, for service and sacrifice and brotherhood and friendship. We felt it was really important to make sure we got the story out there to the rest of the country. Some of it about Travis and Brendan, but the bigger story is about all those that serve and all the sacrifices of the families and what these incredible young men and women have done for our country since 9/11.”
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He stated that writing the book required going back to a difficult place in time for him, but it was worth it.
“It certainly revisited a lot of emotional times and wounds. I can’t say it wasn’t difficult at times to get through it, but we felt like we had a mission to get this word out there, so we plugged away and got through it. We found out things. I found out things I didn’t even know when we started to interview some of the Marines and Navy SEALs, things I didn’t know about both Brendan and Travis about their service.”
Manion said the message he would most like to share is about the service and sacrifice all people can contribute to make the country a better place.
“Before Travis left for second tour in Iraq, when he was asked why he had to go back he said, “I’m more prepared than anybody, if not me, then who?’ and we’ve taken that message across the country. We’ve taken it to schools. Young people, we’ve talked to them about, you don’t have to be in the military but you can serve and you can make a difference, right in your home, with your family, in your community, at your schools and for the country.”