The Pat Tillman Foundation provides resources and educational support to veterans, active service members and their dependants.
The Tillman Military Scholars program aids all veterans and specifically the ever-growing population of veterans and dependents of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Here's a little more history about Pat Tillman:
The day after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pat told a reporter in an interview, “At times like this you stop and think about just how good we have it, what kind of system we live in, and the freedoms we are allowed. A lot of my family has gone and fought in wars and I really haven’t done a damn thing.”
In 2002 he told the AZ Cardinals that he had decided to place his NFL career on hold to become a U.S. Army Ranger with his brother, Kevin giving up a 3.6 million dollar contract.
Pat and Kevin joined the U.S. Army in July of 2002, committing to a three-year term.
On the evening of April 22, 2004, Pat’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of eastern Afghanistan.
His heroic efforts to provide cover for fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his tragic death via fratricide.