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Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat (left) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. About two years later Kevin wrote a powerful, must-read document.

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Pat Tillman's birthday is Nov. 6, and we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig's most popular piece, "After Pat's Birthday," written by Pat's brother, Kevin Tillman.On Pat Tillman's birthday, we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig's most popular piece, written by Pat's brother, Kevin Tillman.

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Four years after Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire in Afghanistan, his mother, Mary Tillman, is still asking questions -- primarily about the U.S. government's initial cover-up of the details of Pat's death and about how far up the chain of command the deception extended. Here, New York Times sports writer George Vecsey praises Mary Tillman and her new memoir, "Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman."

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Mary Tillman made a sharp and moving appearance Tuesday morning on the "Today" show to talk about her new book, "Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman," about the friendly-fire death of her son, Pat, and the U.S. military's subsequent cover-up in 2004.

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"Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat's birthday." -- Kevin Tillman

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