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TILLMAN TUESDAY: Faith, Family and Farm Life Gave Joshua Sparling Strength to Overcome Adversity

Pat Tillman Foundation Communications   |   By Jill Walsh   |   November 24, 2015
Joshua Sparling

Pat Tillman Foundation can’t fulfill its mission to empower military veterans and their spouses without the generosity of our supporters across the country. Nationwide, over 400 Tillman Scholars are striving to impact our country and communities through their studies in medicine, law, business, policy, science, education and the arts. Every “Tillman Tuesday,” we are committed to highlighting the individual impact of a Tillman Scholar, focusing on their success in school, career and community—all thanks to your support. This week’s Tillman Tuesday features 2015 scholar and U.S. Army veteran Joshua Sparling who served as an 11Bravo, Infantry Paratrooper during a combat tour in Iraq in 2005. While traveling back from a convoy mission, Joshua risked his safety to protect his fellow soldiers when he went ahead to check on a hole that turned out to be an I.E.D.. Joshua’s wherewithal and selflessness saved the lives of others, but the I.E.D. left him clinging to his own life. Though he lost his leg and half his stomach in the blast, Joshua miraculously survived and is here today to share his story. As a Tillman Scholar, he is now pursuing his law degree from the University of Arizona and plans to continue impacting the military community by representing veterans in Veterans Courts and lobbying for their just treatment. (more…)

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