For those of us who have experienced boot camp, there is an unspoken appreciation for our brothers and sisters who have also graduated from that experience. While boot camp isn’t overly demanding mentally or physically, it does require one to embrace a new way of thinking – which for many isn’t easy. So, a bond is established almost immediately when we come across someone who has shared that experience.
Countless stories of those who have served in battle together share that war creates a lifelong bond – one that transcends boot camp and most other moments one experiences in their military career.
In the case of First Lieutenant Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Lieutenant Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL, their bond transcends death.
“Brothers Forever,” written by award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis’s father, former Marine Colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation’s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan’s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory.
As we near the 4th of July – our celebrated day of Independence that to this day is defended by those in uniform – I encourage you to pick up the book “Brothers Forever.” This is a life story of two young men who didn’t know each other growing up, gained a respect for each other and grew a friendship while at the US Naval Academy as roommates and knew on that fateful day – September 11, 2001 – that their lives would be forever changed.
Travis and Brendan’s lives are a powerful reminder that there is value in having friends we can trust and experience life with. This truly is a remarkable story of friendship, family and war.
This story also offers a most compelling reminder that we should value and enjoy the moments we have.
Bottom line: “Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice” is a must-read simply as a reminder that we all make a difference in the lives of others – the question is, what kind of difference will your life make?
— By Michael Schindler
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.