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Afghan USO Center to be named for Pat Tillman

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by WIG19, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    WIG19, that site requires a secure log-in. Can you post the article?



  2. WIG19

    WIG19 Light left on

    Oct 27, 2003
    Renegade State
    Mideast Stars and Stripes
    March 30, 2005

    USO Center To Be Named For Tillman

    By Stars and Stripes

    The Army will honor one its most famous fallen volunteers at a ceremony Sunday in Afghanistan.

    Officials at Bagram Air Base will dedicate the new Pat Tillman USO Center in memory of the former Arizona Cardinals safety who put his football career on hold to join the Rangers. Tillman was killed in 2004 by friendly fire while fighting through an ambush in eastern Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. He was promoted to the rank of corporal after his death.

    “To honor his sacrifice and his dedication to his country, the National Football League donated $250,000 to the USO for construction of a recreational building for troops serving at and moving through Bagram Airfield,” according to an Army announcement.

    Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Warrick Dunn of the Atlanta Falcons and Larry Izzo of the New England Patriots are scheduled to attend the ceremony.
  3. WIG19

    WIG19 Light left on

    Oct 27, 2003
    Renegade State
    Just had a thought...
    Since LE can often confiscate and re-use (if feasible) proceeds from drug operations, how 'bout if everytime some athlete fails a drug test & is suspended/fined, the money goes to dedicate a USO facility, or rec center, or something, in honor of someone who conducted their life a bit more honorably? Or better yet, use it as seed money for a long-term investment scheme that pays out & helps the families left behind after the SGLI runs out?