National Veteran Organization Hosting Back-to-School Character Day and School Supply Distribution

Jul 26, 2021 at 07:11 am by WGNS

Murfreesboro, TN - This August, one of the nation’s leading veteran nonprofit organizations, Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), will be hosting their first Back-to-School Character Day. Trained Veteran Mentors from TMF will be leading back-to-school events in close to 30 cities across the country for middle and high school students. This program will provide students with presentations to teach them confidence, character, and leadership, as well as give them the necessary school supplies needed for a successful academic year.

TMF Veteran Mentors are trained through the Character Does Matter program and impact more than 50,000 youth across the country each year. These mentors teach students courage, integrity, leadership, empathy, teamwork, and service. 


Through these Back-to-School Character Day events, Veteran Mentors will develop meaningful connections with the students by helping them bridge social divides, and equipping them with character, optimism, and the confidence to succeed in school. Participating students will receive a day of interactive character development lessons, games, and activities. Students will also receive a backpack full of school supplies to start the year. School supplies and fees for middle schoolers cost nearly $1,300 per student per year, and 1-in-5 students cannot afford these school supplies necessary for success. Along with this, more than 1-in-3 young people never had a positive role model or mentors. TMF’s trained Veteran Mentors are on a mission to end this disparity. 

As part of this initiative, on August 7th from 9:00am to 1:00pm, volunteers in Murfreesboro will be filling backpacks with supplies for students in need at 1004 N Highland Ave, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Travis Manion Foundation is also asking the public to support this cause by sponsoring a backpack filled with supplies for students in the local community. Donations can be made through the link found here.  

“Even after they take off the uniform, veterans continue to serve because they are natural leaders within the community,” said TMF President Ryan Manion. “I feel tremendous pride knowing that these veteran mentors will not only serve as role models to our next generation, but will also lead an initiative to ensure those students have the proper tools to begin a successful school year.”  

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, 1stLt 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 1stLt 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



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