Doylestown, Pa (PRWEB) July 30, 2014
A group of 11 surviving wives, fiancés and girlfriends of fallen military heroes traveled to Cusco, Peru with the Travis Manion Foundation to spend 10 days honoring the fallen by challenging the living. The women, who traveled from all over the U.S., came together and embarked on a journey to hike the mountains and continue to heal from their loss. TMF organized and funded the expedition, called Survivor Summit 2014, and it was led by Soldiers 2 Summit, an organization that empowers survivors to overcome barriers and reclaim their lives by embracing the past, present and future.
The women began their journey in Cusco- Sacred Valley, Peru and spent five days hiking over 30 miles through the Lares Trek. The group braved rain, hail, snow and illness to reach the summit of Puma Huanca at 15,100 feet. Following their first journey, all of the women participated in a service project at the local school in Cuncani. They prepared breakfast for the students and built, restored and painted a playground. The women then traveled to Machu Picchu and hiked the Sun Gate Trail.
“The Travis Manion Foundation believes the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living,” Amy Looney, Director of Survivor Services for TMF and surviving wife of LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney said. “We spent our time challenging ourselves both physically and mentally, and serving the community and each other in honor of our fallen loved ones.”
Survivor Summit 2014 was the third Expedition funded by TMF so far this year. Expeditions bring families of the fallen together for uniquely-designed, service-based trips to communities in need. These fully-funded trips create a community of support for survivors and ensure that the legacies of our nation’s fallen heroes live on.
To learn more about how the Travis Manion Foundation assists veterans and families of the fallen, visit http://www.travismanion.org.
About Travis Manion Foundation:
The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is a qualified 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to assisting our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen. TMF 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 personal and professional goals. TMF believes that the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. TMF challenges veterans and survivors to lead the “If Not Me, Then Who…” movement and inspire others to continue the service to community and country exemplified by the nation’s fallen heroes.