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Statement: Pat’s memory should remind people to come together

PTF Communications   |   By Michelle McCarthy   |   September 26, 2017

Chicago, IL (September 26, 2017) – The Pat Tillman Foundation shared the following statement from Board Chair and Co-Founder Marie Tillman on Pat’s legacy and the need for unity and togetherness in our country:

“As a football player and soldier, Pat inspired countless Americans to unify. It is my hope that his memory should always remind people that we must come together. Pat’s service, along with that of every man and woman’s service, should never be politicized in a way that divides us. We are too great of a country for that. Those that serve fight for the American ideals of freedom, justice and democracy. They and their families know the cost of that fight. I know the very personal costs in a way I feel acutely every day. The very action of self expression and the freedom to speak from one’s heart — no matter those views — is what Pat and so many other Americans have given their lives for. Even if they didn’t always agree with those views. It is my sincere hope that our leaders both understand and learn from the lessons of Pat’s life and death, and those of so many other brave Americans.”

If you are a member of the media who wishes to arrange an interview, please contact Director of Brand and Communications Michelle McCarthy, (773) 598-4215, mmccarthy@pattillmanfoundation.org.

About the Pat Tillman Foundation

In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships–building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit www.PatTillmanFoundation.org.