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Kevin Tillman's message ought not be circulated by a campaign committee or a political party. It should be shared, citizen to citizen, first on the Internet, but then in phone calls to family members and old friends, in conversations over coffee and along the sideline at the soccer field, in leaflets slipped under the doors of neighbors and handed to one another after church.
Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004, and received war hero honors at a memorial service where U.S. Sen. John McCain spoke. Supporters of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, endeavors that by the time of Tillman's death were growing increasingly controversial, sought to spin the football star's sacrifice as evidence of the nobility of the Bush administration's military
After Sept. 11, 2001, Pat and Kevin Tillman signed up for the U.S. Army. It was an especially dramatic sacrifice for Pat, a player with the Arizona Cardinals football team who turned down a $3.6 million contract to play the next three years with the Cardinals in order to join the Army Rangers in Iraq and then Afghanistan.
The propaganda push eventually fell apart, however, when it was learned that the Pentagon had delayed revealing to Tillman's family the circumstances of his death - he was shot three times in the head by so-called "friendly fire," and U.S. troops then burned his body armor and uniform in an apparent coverup attempt - until after the memorial service, with all its patriotic flourishes and media attention, was finished.
Later still, it was revealed that Pat Tillman had during the course of his service become an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq and was in the months before his death urging fellow soldiers not to vote for President Bush's re-election.
Originally posted by resistancia
...a sacrifice that he should never have been FORCED to make.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Kevin Tillman is entitled to his opinion, but there is nothing in the article to justify your title, "Murdered by ''friendly fire'', his body burned, but his story won't be forgotten."
That title is worse than irresponsible.