Volunteers sought for Operation Dress Code Boutique Day, part of TMF's Operation Legacy
The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), which is one of the nation's largest veteran non-profit organizations will host more than 100 “Operation Legacy” service projects across the country and around the world in the month of November. Operation Legacy is the fastest growing movement to unite communities across the nation to create positive change, where more than 3,500 participants are expected to volunteer as a way to honor the legacies of our fallen heroes. Each project across the country will be dedicated to a fallen military hero, who will be recognized during the opening ceremony. Select projects will also include a GORUCK component, where following the service project volunteers will ruck two miles or more carrying a weighted backpack.
Operation Dress Code Boutique Day is designed to help women service members transition to new careers by providing them with professional clothing needed for civilian life. Volunteers are needed for shifts during set up day on Friday, November 1st, to assist with unloading the truck, unbagging clothes, sizing clothing racks, setting out shoes and purses, and setting up jewelry tables. Volunteers will also be needed to assist with event breakdown on Saturday, November 2nd, to assist with packing up, bagging clothes, carrying bags, loading the truck, and cleaning up trash and boxes. This project will be honoring the life and legacy of Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, Navy. Kent was killed this past January in by a suicide bomber in Syria.
Operation Legacy projects aim to engage veterans, families of the fallen, and civilians alike, by activating them to lead and serve others in their communities. Americans across the country are invited to volunteer with TMF for Operation Legacy, as a way to honor the past and build the future, while exemplifying the strength of America’s national character. All projects have been organized by local volunteers, who are helping to unite the community through service, and encouraging their neighbors to live by the “If Not Me, Then Who…” mantra to spearhead a movement of character, leadership, and selfless service.
“During this time of unprecedented divide throughout our country, it is reassuring to see volunteers from various backgrounds step forward in an effort to unite their community through service,” says Amy Looney Heffernan, Gold Star Wife of Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney and Vice President of TMF. “By bringing communities together to serve in honor of our fallen heroes, we are not just keeping their legacy alive, we are passing their values along to the next generation of leaders.”
The local project was organized by community members, who serve as local volunteer project leaders for TMF. Those interested in volunteering for this upcoming project can register or learn more information by visiting oplegacy.com/sandiegofall2019
About Travis Manion Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) unites communities to strengthen America's national character by empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and lead future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..." Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives by serving as character role models to youth. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes lives on in the next generation.
The story of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and his Naval Academy brother Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney have been publicized in the book Brothers Forever, and additional information about the Foundation can be found at www.travismanion.org
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