* Mary Tillman, Mother of Slain NFL Star, Afghan Vet Pat Tillman, on Her Four-Year Quest to Cut Through Military Cover-Up of Son's Death by Fratricide *
Pat Tillman left behind a lucrative NFL contract to enlist in the military after 9/11. On April 22, 2004, Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan. He died, the military said, while charging up a hill toward the enemy to protect his fellow Army Rangers. But that wasn't the real story. Tillman was killed by his own men. What's more, the military knew that within hours but waited five weeks before admitting it. Four years and several probes later, Pat Tillman's family, led by his mother Mary, are still searching for answers about what really happened. Mary Tillman has just published a book based on her review of uncensored government documents and her four-year effort to cut through misleading official accounts of how her son died. It's called Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman.