by Nathan Hamm on 4/23/2004

sq_nflplayer_tillman_nflmtvRIP Pat.

If you haven’t already made a donation to Spirit of America, I ask that you consider doing so. Pat Tillman’s willingness to literally give up millions of dollars in exchange for $19,000 per year from the Army is worth saluting, and if all of his sacrifices don’t show the American spirit, I don’t know what does.

Thousands of young men and women are making sacrifices every day and the least we can do is make the small gesture of sacrificing some of our cash to make their jobs easier. I don’t care who you are or how you feel about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you care about our troops and want to get them home ASAP, make a donation.

Pat Tillman’s death underscores the sacrifices that many of the best and brightest our country has to offer are making every day. Thank you Pat, all those before you, and all those working to make us safe.

I’m not particularly good with these kinds of things, so ditto what Michele said.

UPDATE: Just after I published this, I was reminded of something that’s bothered me the past few years. We haven’t been asked to sacrifice at all. We keep hearing that life is “business as usual.” That’s a bunch of b.s. It’s not, and that should be plain as day. Doing whatever we can to help the troops should be on our minds and we should be reminded of that often. So, another thanks is in order to groups like Spirit of America and Operation Give for giving us ways to help out.

UPDATE 2: Photodude:

…if it [“chickenhawk”] has an antonym, Pat Tillman defines it. In fact, since “chickenhawk” is a recently invented epithet, there’s no reason we can’t also create it’s opposite.

Tillman /’til-man/ noun (2004)
1: a person who sacrifices something of great value, their lifestyle, or even their life itself, for the sake of principle, or service to the country where they have prospered

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