Sunday, July 20, 2014

The man who may have shot Pat Tillman

Really bad things can happen to very good people in combat…
The Army either has never determined or has never released whose shots killed Tillman. Tillman had left the Arizona Cardinals after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to join the Army, a decision that immediately turned him into a national symbol of sacrifice.
Elliott, 33, who left the Army in 2007, has spoken at length with "Outside the Lines" in recent months. He said he has been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and is speaking now because he believes that his story might provide hope for fellow veterans who suffer similar afflictions.
The other two shooters who have acknowledged firing at Tillman's position declined comment for this story, as they have in the past.
Investigations by the Army determined that Tillman died from three shots to his head. Elliott, whose weapon was an M240 Bravo machine gun, and platoon mate and Spc. Trevor Alders have been most widely suspected of having fired the fatal caliber of rounds, based on autopsies and Army investigations…
Steven Elliott said he is speaking about his role in Pat Tillman's death now because he wants to draw attention to the realities of post-traumatic stress disorder and offer hope for others who suffer similar afflictions.
Remember to say thank you to those who have served.  Suicides in returning veterans are often underreported. With 7,200 suicides a year among veterans (which is well more than the total KIA in both the Iraq and Afghan Wars over the past 13 years), it is especially important for us to support the mental health of those soldiers and Marines returning from combat and fixing the problems with the Veterans Administration.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

TOM: Lone Survivor and when missions go bad…

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