Character Does Matter
Kids, this one is for you!! Get those pencils busy, or have your parents help you film and upload your entry to YouTube! Get your groove on, and let us know why you think “Character Does Matter!” We all have different thoughts, and expressions, but tell us why this is important to you. Before you get started, here is a little background on the amazing person this contest is in honor of. Here is Travis’ story. It comes directly from the Travis Manion Foundation’s website.
“if not me, then who …”
A life lived with character.
Growing up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Travis Manion was known for his strong leadership qualities, athleticism and academic achievement. Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and was awarded a commission into the United States Marine Corps. After finishing at the top of his class at The Basic School in Quantico, VA, Travis was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California with whom he deployed to Iraq for his first tour of duty.
In 2006, Travis was selected, as an experienced Iraq War veteran from 1st Recon Battalion, to become a part of a military transition team (MiTT) with 10 other Marines that would train and partner with an Iraqi Army Battalion in Fallujah, Iraq.
On April 29, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion, his fellow Marines and Iraqi Army counterparts were ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Leading the counterattack against the enemy forces, Travis was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded teammates. Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice that day. His selfless actions allowed every member of his patrol to survive.
For his actions, Travis was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor. His legacy continues to grow through the work of TMF, inspiring people to live with character and make an impact by serving others.
We can all remember Travis by carrying on the values that defined his life.
Johnson & Johnson sponsors the Travis Manion Foundation’s “Character Does Matter” Contest. Entries are accepted between November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017.
You can write an essay or upload a YouTube video that completes the sentence, “Character does matter because…” for a chance to win a Kindle Fire Tablet, a $100 Commissary Gift Card, and a $100 Exchange Gift Card.
There will be a total of nine (9) winners; three (3) in each group of elementary school, middle school, and high school.
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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD BEGINS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AT 12:00AM AND ENDS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 AT 11:59PM EST (THE “CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD”). CONTEST ONLY OPEN TO LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES RESIDING IN THE 50 (UNITED) STATES OR SERVING ABROAD, THE DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA AND/OR PUERTO RICO. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT A VALID ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVE, GUARD, RETIREE OR FAMILY MILITARY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGES 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. TO VIEW FULL RULES PLEASE VISIT JNJMILITARY.COM.
1. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTEST. Entries can either be submitted in the form of a written essay or a recorded video. These can be submitted online (by visiting JnJmilitary.com). Entries should complete the sentence “Character Does Matter because…”
2. PRIZES: There will be THREE (3) Prize Winners per age group or NINE (9) total selected from the pool of respondents that submit a written essay or upload a video highlighting why “Character Does Matter.” The three age groups will consist of Elementary School, Middle School and High School students. Winners will receive ONE (1) Kindle Fire Tablet 7” Display, ONE (1) $100 Commissary Gift Card and ONE (1) $100 Exchange Gift Card, for a total approximate value of $250.00. Odds of winning a prize depend upon the number of entries received. If a prize offered becomes unavailable for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to provide an alternate prize of equal or greater value. If a video recording is mailed in on a Thumb drive, such drive will not be returned.
3. DRAWING: Winners will be judged from among all eligible entries received and in accordance with the following criteria: 50% impact of message, 25% overall quality of presentation, 25% creativity. Winners will be announced on or about FRIDAY, December 22, 2017.
4. ELIGIBILITY: Contest open only to legal citizens of the United States residing in the 50 United States or serving abroad, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are 18 years of age or older on the date of entry. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT A VALID ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVE, GUARD, RETIREE OR FAMILY MILITARY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGES 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, www.MyMilitarySavings.com and all of their respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, suppliers, printers, distributors and advertising, promotional and judging agencies, (and their respective IRS dependents, immediate family members [parents, children, siblings and spouse]) and individuals residing in their same household (whether or not related) (collectively, “Sponsor and Promotion Parties”) are not eligible to participate or win.
SPONSOR: Johnson & Johnson, One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933 [www.jnj.com].
© 2017 Johnson & Johnson Company
It is amazing that Travis Manion inspired so many with the values he to carry on his legacy by doing the same while also inspiring others to keep “Character Matters” movement going. Thanks to the Travis Manion Foundation and those who walk the path of what merits an amazing character, Travis’ spirit lives on.
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