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Nov 11, 2013 10:55 AM by Ryan Haarer

Pat Tillman Foundation helps Veterans pay for higher education

TUCSON- Veterans Affairs reports about a million veterans and their dependents headed to higher education in the past four years after serving their country. It can be an expensive transition and the Pat Tillman scholarship aims to help some of these men and women progress. Three of this year's recipients are now studying at the U of A.

Anthony Cervantes and Adam Ratesic are working to become physicians, and Felisa Hervey wants to continue non-profit work in Afghanistan.

"It's an incredible blessing to have the support of the foundation and be able to come to school and focus all my energy on school. I have three kids, a wife," said Cervantes.

All three of these scholarship recipients call Pat Tillman a hero.

"I think one of the things that I respect most about Pat is that he did not want to be thought of that way and didn't appreciate when everyone lauded him for doing what he did. He was a guy that did what he thought needed to be done at that moment," said Hervey.

While he made the ultimate sacrifice, he continues to serve by being a role model for these transitioning veterans.

"He stood for honor, integrity, courage and service. Those are things that I aspire to do in my life," said Ratesic.

Since its inception the Tillman Foundation has handed out $3.2 million to veterans in the classroom across the country. Adam wants to eventually be a physician for the VA, Anthony a physician for the air force, and Felisa to continue her non-profit work with Civil Vision International.

For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation visit www.pattillmanfoundation.org.

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