Military Spouses and Survivors
Military spouses play a critical role in the defense of our Nation. With the all-volunteer force and operational tempos never reached in history, more and more has been asked from our military spouses. HillVets thought it important to highlight their continued and vital commitment to servicemembers and our Nation. We also would be remiss to not highlight the continued service of those men and women who lost their loved one in service to our Nation. Many of these men and women have used their loss as an impetus to help others and we salute them.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
A Navy spouse, Flournoy served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012, where she was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Ms. Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD.
In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded CNAS, a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. She served as CNAS’ President until 2009.
Ms. Flournoy is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the Defense Policy Board, the DCIA’s External Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She serves on the boards of The Mitre Corporation, Rolls Royce North America, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, and CARE, and is a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group.
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Travis Manion Foundation
Ever since her late husband, Navy Seal Lt. Brendan Looney was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010 and awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, Amy Looney has served as an inspirational champion for families of fallen service members, military families, veterans, and American troops.
Amy now works in overseeing Travis Manion Foundation’s Survivor Services program out of the Washington, DC, area. She is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of her late husband and friend, who are buried side by side in Arlington National Cemetery, she is committed to continuing the foundation’s mission to honor the fallen by challenging the living.
Bonnie Carroll is a life-long public servant who has devoted her life to caring for our military and veterans. After her husband, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, died in an Army C-12 plane crash in 1992, Carroll founded the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides comprehensive support to those impacted by the death of their military hero, bringing healing comfort and compassionate care to the living legacies of our nation’s service and sacrifice. Carroll is also a retired Major in the Air Force Reserve. She serves on the Defense Health Board, and co-chaired the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide in the Armed Forces.
President Barack Obama awarded Bonnie Carroll with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November for her continued service.