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EXCLUSIVE: "Brothers Forever" co-author discusses upcoming book release

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In an exclusive interview with a co-author, News Leader 9 looks into a new book soon to be released about the heroics of two men in uniform, both now buried side-by-side.

Brothers Forever is about two naval academy roommates—1st Lt. Travis Manion who became a Marine, and Lt. Brendan Looney who was a Navy Seal.

One died in Iraq, then three years later, the other died in Afghanistan. They are now next to each other in Arlington Cemetery.

Tom Sileo wrote the book with Travis Manions' father, retired Marine Col. Tom Manion. Sileo says this is a story Fort Benning soldiers and their families can relate to.

"These families are in a lot of pain, that have lost a loved one, but at the same time, I think it's an inspirational message," says Sileo. "If not me, then who? If you make the most of what you're doing, there's no way to regret what you are doing."

With these statements, Sileo is quoting from the two men who are the subjects of the book, which is a story about the military sacrifice of this generation.

To people who asked him why he had to go back to Iraq, Travis Manion said, "If not me, then who?"

Brothers Forever hits stores May 13, but can be pre-ordered now at brothersforeverbook.com.

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