03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Pat Tillman Foundation: Continuing A Tradition Of Service

It's been five and a half years since Pat Tillman died in Afghanistan as a result of friendly fire. With Veterans Day fast approaching, Tillman's widow Marie has given ESPN her first public interviews in years, discussing her continued commitment to The Pat Tillman Foundation and encouraging public service.

This year, the foundation supported its first class of Tillman Military Scholars, awarding $642,000 to 52 army candidates to help continue their education. Several of these candidates are profiled on the foundation's website, including Corporal Richard Garcia, whew grew up with deaf parents on welfare, and Master Sergeant William Gibson, who became the first ever redeployed amputee, after losing his left leg to a sniper's bullet. Read more service stories on the Pat Tillman Foundation blog.

Marie Tillman will be featured tonight on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown, to talk about the foundation and how individuals can continue to make an impact, especially during Veterans Day.

A donation to the Pat Tillman Foundation goes to the fund of $3.6 million dollars given out annually, in recognition of the contract Tillman walked away from when he decided to join the U.S. military. Donors can also give money as part of a tribute gift or through a planned workplace giving campaign.

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