Ali, John, and Erasmo are all Army veterans from the special operations community who are now pursuing graduate degrees at Campbell University. They have teamed up to help raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation in order to give back to the organization that has invested in them and given so much to veterans and their families. Proceeds directly fund scholarships for current and future Tillman Scholars who are carrying on Pat's legacy of leadership and service.
Ali joined the military after 9/11 and commissioned as a military intelligence officer. During her seven years of service, she deployed four times. She also served as a Cultural Support Team leader, supporting Special Operations units on direct action missions in Afghanistan. Now, Ali is pursuing her goal of becoming a lawyer and she is in her second year at Campbell's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
John and Erasmo became Green Beret Medics in the Special Forces Regiment and while serving in combat, they treated both American service members and indigenous populations. They decided to continue in medicine as physicians at Campbell University's Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. Erasmo served for 15 years with 11 deployments to combat theaters and other countries around the world in support of the Global War on Terror. John reentered the Army after a 9 year break in service to serve in Afghanistan and continues to serve as an officer in the Reserves and a medical student. He will return to active duty upon graduation as a physician.
Besides pursuing professional graduate degrees at Campbell University, they were also all selected as Tillman Scholars. In addition to funding academic scholarships, the Tillman Foundation eases the financial burdens on their families--three spouses and nine children in total.
There are now over 400 Tillman Scholars who represent a diverse group of individuals from all military branches and schools from across the nation. Scholars chosen demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential as well as a deep desire to impact change for our country and communities through their studies in medicine, law, business, government, technology, education and the arts.
Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event of the Pat Tillman Foundation. Held in late April to commemorate the day Pat lost his life in Afghanistan while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Pat’s Run is a 4.2 Mile Run/Walk that winds through the streets of Tempe to Sun Devil Stadium at ASU. Pat’s Run raises money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. Please consider donating to honor Pat's memory and become part of his legacy by supporting the Tillman Scholars.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.