Airbench for the Armed Forces
The United States Military.
Those four words have an aura about them, a weight to them, a swagger that accompanies them.
I’m continually in awe of our military soldiers’ sacrifice and dedication to me, to you, to the millions of people who they’ll never meet face-to-face. They serve, tirelessly, repeatedly, to protect us and keep us free. Yet we’ll never meet the vast majority of them. Sure, some of us might know someone who has served, but as of 2013, the United States had 1.3 million people on active duty. Let that sink in for a second. ONE POINT THREE MILLION. In other words, roughly the same number of people who live in Phoenix. Or San Antonio. Or San Diego. And more people than live in Dallas. Is it getting a little more real now? We can never say “Thank you” enough.
And, to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my, and your, freedom, there simply aren’t words. Honestly, “thank you” seems trite. “Thank you” seems too small. Their parents, their extended family, their friends, they would love to say “thank you” just one more time to their loved one.
For most of us reading this post, we’ll never know what it’s like to lose a loved one to war. We’ll never understand being told by a military chaplain that our mom or dad, or son or daughter, or our brother or sister sacrificed it all. Personally, I can’t imagine, nor do I want to.
But today, we have a chance to give back. Today, we have a chance to say, “thank you” one more time to one special soldier.
Today, I’m introducing you to Airbench for Armed Forces (go give them a “Like” on Facebook!) benefiting the Travis Manion Foundation. Here is some background on Travis and the foundation that was established in his honor:
1st Lt. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He, his fellow Marines, and Iraqi Army counterparts were ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house. 1st Lt. Manion led the counterattack against the enemy forces. He was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded comrades. His selfless actions allowed every member of his patrol to survive. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor.
Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on April 29, 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, the late Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation to assist our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. Headquartered in Doylestown with another office in San Diego, the Foundation is focused on assisting the nation’s veterans and families of the fallen.
The words Travis spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq – “If Not Me, Then Who…” – have inspired a national movement that is growing rapidly. Veterans and families of the fallen are spearheading this movement to build a nation of heroes in which character, leadership and service are in action every day.
The Travis Manion Foundation engages with veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journeys and offers them unique opportunities to empower them to achieve their goals. The Travis Manion Foundation believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. Through Mentorship and Advocacy, Expeditions, Character Does Matter, and the 9/11 Heroes Run, veterans and families of the fallen are leading in their communities. They are challenging themselves and others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes and veterans.
In case you don’t know, Doylestown is in Pennsylvania, and our very own Joan and Fran Adams of Egoscue Philadelphia came up with the idea for the Airbench for Armed Forces challenge to help the Travis Manion Foundation. So without further ado, let me explain WHAT the challenge is and HOW you can be involved!
Here’s what the Airbench challenge is all about:
- Raise money for the Travis Manion Foundation to say thank you to those who have protect our freedoms. You can donate by clicking HERE.
- A bit of friendly competition and to win the prestigious Egoscue Cup!
- Have FUN!
- The challenge will run from November 9 – November 13 at the following clinics:
- Beverly Hills
- Newport Beach
- Palm Beach Gardens
- Santa Monica
- San Diego/Del Mar
- San Diego South
- Each participant in the Airbench for Armed Forces must donate a minimum of $5 in order for their air bench time to count.
- If you want to pay by check, simply write a check to your local clinic, and the clinic will make a donation in your name.
- We will record your name, age, airbench time, donation amount and email address. The name of the person and the airbench time MUST be filled in for times to be added up.
- The donation website will keep track of total donations and airbench times.
- The clinic with the most cumulative airbench time will be the winner!
- On Saturday November 14, 2015 the Philadelphia clinic is having Client Appreciation Day where the winner of the Egoscue Cup will be announced!
So who’s ready? Let’s band together and support a great cause while getting ourselves functional as well!
QUESTION: Which clinic do YOU think will win?