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Revisiting ‘After Pat’s Birthday’

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Pat Tillman, left, and brother Kevin stand in front of a Chinook helicopter in Saudi Arabia before their tour of duty as Army Rangers in Iraq in 2003.

By Kevin Tillman

In light of the release of the must-see documentary “The Tillman Story” (reviewed by Richard Schickel at Truthdig, and Stephen Holden in The New York Times), we reprint Kevin Tillman’s classic 2006 Truthdig piece on the death of his brother, Pat.

It is Pat’s birthday on November 6, and elections are the day after. It gets me thinking about a conversation I had with Pat before we joined the military. He spoke about the risks with signing the papers. How once we committed, we were at the mercy of the American leadership and the American people. How we could be thrown in a direction not of our volition. How fighting as a soldier would leave us w

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Added: Aug-21-2010 Occurred On: Aug-20-2010
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