Immediately following the Oversight Committee hearing in 2007, film
director Amir Bar-Lev approached my family and me about making a film on
my son Pat and the circumstances surrounding his death. At the time,
we were not interested, and we declined. However, as the months passed
my daughter-in-law, Marie, decided that a documentary might be the only
medium that could really convey to the public the extent of the
deception surrounding Pat's death.
This week, Mr. Bar-Lev's film, The Tillman Story, debuts in theaters, and a paperback edition of my book, Boots On The Ground By Dusk, is being reissued by Blurb.
People have asked: "Why is Pat so special that so much attention is given
to his death?" I understand that question. Thousands of soldiers and
Marines have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of their families have
also been given stories cloaked in lies, yet those deaths have not
received the attention Pat's has. Pat is not more important or more
special than any of the others who have fought in these wars, but the
truth of what happened to Pat is important. The truth shines a light on
corruption and incompetence, and lack of accountability in the military
and government that is systemic, and affects us all.
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