Saturday, March 17, 2007

Supplemental To Force DOD To Issue Tillman Report

Buried in the $124 billion House version of the wartime supplemental appropriation is an order to the Defense Department to release a report on the April 2004 death in Afghanistan of Army Spc. Patrick Tillman.

Tillman, who gave up a professional football career to join the Army after the 2001 terrorist attacks, was killed in what was later revealed to be a friendly-fire incident, although his family initially was given another story in which Tillman was killed by enemy forces. ...

What made the incident all the worse for the family was that Army leaders knew Tillman had been killed by friendly fire but did not tell them, which helped feed complaints from the Tillmans and other families that they were not being told the truth about war casualties.

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