Joy met Col. Tom Manion on her way home from the gym nine years ago, shortly after the death of his son, Travis.
What Legacy Means to Me: “If people remember me as someone that put others first and was a Man for Others…that would be the legacy I would like to have and that I strive to obtain.”
My Role Model: Brendan Looney, US Navy SEAL, KIA September 21st, 2010
Growing up, I thought my Dad was the meanest person ever. It felt like I spent a lot of my time being punished for something every day. As I got older and matured, I began to understand that he wasn’t punishing me.
What Legacy Means to Me: “This is the legacy I want to leave behind: As long as you are committed, dedicated, and truthful towards your goals, you will achieve your dreams.”
My mom was an elementary school teacher and military spouse for 26 years in the Air Force. She always put her family and her students before herself.
My Story_ On a cool, colorful evening during a brisk and breezy fall night in 2009, I became a Gold Star Spouse. In my arms was my husband, my soulmate, my childhood sweetheart and my military man.
My role model is Capt. Scott E. Craven, my son (USAFA ’02, Embry-Riddle Univ ’06). As much as I admired and respected Scott, I don’t think I really understood his life until after his passing in 2006.