There is an inherent connection between warfighting and politics, one that has complicated how and why we honor our nation’s war dead since the nation's founding.

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Jake Wood, the former Marine-turned CEO of Team Rubicon, just gave an inspiring speech that every American needs to watch, given how divisive our politics is these days.

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Pat Tillman, the beloved NFL star who became an Army Ranger after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. More than 13 years later, on Sept. 25, a photograph of Tillman appeared in the chaotic Twitter feed of President Donald Trump amid a barrage of tweets lambasting NFL players for “disrespecting our Flag & Country.”

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In 2004, NFL football player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in a friendly fire incident in the Khost province of Afghanistan. Thirteen years later, Tillman has returned to his alma mater — Arizona State University — as a bronze statue that will greet Sun Devil fans for generations to come.

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Paying for college isn’t easy. Having to worry about how to afford to tuition when you’ve lost a parent to combat isn’t something anyone should have to do. That’s why a number of foundations have made it their mission to honor the fallen by helping their children pay for their education.

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The Pat Tillman Foundation was created in memory of its namesake, an elite pro-football player who walked away from the NFL in the name of selfless service and was killed in action in Afghanistan in April 2004. Founded that same year, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military members, veterans, and spouses, uniting some of the best talent and leadership in the military community to continue their service. Over more than a decade, the foundation has invested more than $12 million in academic support and selected over 400 Tillman Scholars at more 100 institutions.

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