Pat Tillman Foundation holds leadership summit
More than 100 servicemen and women are teaming up in D.C. to serve their community at the "3rd Annual Pat Tillman Leadership Summit."
Tillman was a pro-football player who put his NFL career on hold in 2002 to enlist in the military. He was killed in Afghanistan two years later.
Shortly after his death, his widow set up a foundation in his honor. The organization helps foot the bill for veterans, active service members and their spouses heading back to school.
Tim Daley is among dozens of veterans who scribbled mission statements on their hands Monday at a community build event and intergenerational debate at Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean.
"That's kind of what we talked about, and we wrapped in the technology with the healthcare," the Air Force veteran explained.
The Pat Tillman Military Scholars spent the afternoon talking politics and life with veterans, some of them four times their age.
Daley added, "It certainly made me feel younger talking to them, and hopefully they got what I might consider a mature view of the problems."
Army veteran and Tillman Scholar Alex Brown said, "We're not solving the world's problems here, but what we are doing is having great discussions. We're learning from their past experiences, they're learning from our current experiences and it's just a way to continue to give back to the community."
Community commitment was extremely important to Tillman, who traded in his NFL career in 2002 to enlist.
Tillman's widow and Tillman Foundation President Marie Tillman said, "I hope that he would be proud. I think that for me to see the spirit of how he lived his life and his legacy move forward with all of these scholars that we support is really an amazing thing and really the things that we're looking for in them are the same values that he lived his life by. They're all dedicated to leadership, service and education."
Jessi Tseng is one of those scholars.
" I needed to do something for myself that was bigger than myself...," Tseng explained.
The 26-year-old Army veteran is now getting her master's degree in Public Administration at Columbia University thanks to the Tillman Foundation.
Tseng added, "It's really, really rare to be surrounded by a group of people who share the same experiences as you in the military and want to better their lives and are doing it in drastic ways."
There are 230 Tillman Scholars from across the country attending various colleges and universities.
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