As someone who wore a military uniform for 34 years and someone who is concerned about issues of honor and integrity in the military, I knew that I had to see “The Tillman Story” as soon as it came out.
There are two aspects of concern to this terrible killing of a celebrated American hero/athlete by friendly fire. The first is the circumstance under which Pat Tillman was killed, and the second is the climate of lies and deception surrounding the attempted cover-up.
The movie was devastating for me to watch because both parts of this tragedy were shown to be far worse than I had believed. And, even though the movie concludes with the Tillman family stating that nothing more can be done, I think that people who still claim to have honor and integrity should try to prove them wrong. How else can we ensure that such an incident will not happen again?
As a graduate of a service academy, I believe that honor should be the most important aspect of the character of any academy grad and that our honor codes should be strengthened so that we can be counted on to take a leadership role. But there are many other ways to ensure that the proper sense of honor permeates our senior leaders, and I challenge us all to pursue every one of those avenues so that America can be that shining light on the hill.
— Roy Miller, Phoenix