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    Having served with (not in) the 3rd Marines while at Kanehohe, this story struck a nerve a bit closer to home for me.

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    Tillman’s college roommate deployed to Iraq
    Staat was defensive lineman for Steelers, Rams, then played Arena ball

    AP file Pat Tillman gave up a $1.2 million NFL contract to join the Army Rangers. He was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire in April, 2004.

    Updated: 9:35 a.m. ET March 21, 2007
    HONOLULU - A former NFL player who joined the Marines and was motivated by college roommate Pat Tillman, who died in Afghanistan, was heading for the war in Iraq Tuesday night.

    Lance Cpl. Jeremy Staat, a former defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams who had been playing Arena Football, was one of 300 Marines in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment being deployed from Kaneohe Bay. The unit is expected to be in Iraq for seven months.

    “The way I look at it, we’re spreading freedom, and you have to support the troops and you have to support the war,” Staat, 29, told KITV in Honolulu on Tuesday as he prepared to leave from Hawaii. “You can’t just tell some Marine who just lost his buddy that we supported you but not the war, because in that case you’re basically saying that Marine, his buddy, just died for nothing. We’re one team.”

    Tillman, who played defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, was killed by friendly fire near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in April 2004. The Defense Department is investigating allegations of a coverup, including the Army’s failure to tell Tillman’s family for several weeks that he had been killed by gunfire from his fellow Army Rangers, not by enemy fire, as they initially were told.

    Tillman gave up a $1.2 million NFL contract to join the Army Rangers.

    Staat said he felt compelled to join the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but Tillman, who was his roommate at Arizona State, advised him to stay with professional football until he qualified for retirement benefits.

    “I felt there is more to life than just a game,” Staat said, adding that Tillman’s death helped motivate him to enlist.

    Staat played for the Steelers from 1998-2000, and played two games with the Rams in 2003. He was playing for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League before being put on the league’s suspended list.

    He graduated from the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot in March 2006.

    To enlist, the 6-foot-5 Staat said last year he dropped from 310 to 260 pounds. He said three months of boot camp training gave him a deeper appreciation for team camaraderie.
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    Kudos to LCpl Staat.

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    DaSharkie,

    From the way you started your post, I am assuming that you were in the military. I would not only like to use my post as THANK YOU to both LCpl Staat and to you. Individuals like you and LCpl Stat allow this country to be the greatest in the world!

    Again, Thank You!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDAIC485 View Post
    DaSharkie,

    From the way you started your post, I am assuming that you were in the military. I would not only like to use my post as THANK YOU to both LCpl Staat and to you. Individuals like you and LCpl Stat allow this country to be the greatest in the world!

    Again, Thank You!
    I served in the Marine Corps. Worked with many folks from 3rd Marine Regiment, my barracks was right next theirs.
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    Those of us who have done it know that serving your country in peacetime or war,with a bunch of pros or a bunch of a**bags,is not a sacrifice but a privelege.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Those of us who have done it know that serving your country in peacetime or war,with a bunch of pros or a bunch of a**bags,is not a sacrifice but a privelege.
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    I agree, but it is nice to see some of those folks pass up 7 figure salaries to put on a PFC chevron and make $1,000 a month. That is the sacrifice. Knowing that you WILL be sent into harm's way, instead of sitting in your Escalade hanging out with movie stars.

    And this guy with a college education signed up enlisted instead of as an officer.

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    I may not have liked everyone I served with, but they were a fine bunch of men and I would have easily and readily given my life for every one of them - and they would have done the same for me.

    A privilege indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Those of us who have done it know that serving your country in peacetime or war,with a bunch of pros or a bunch of a**bags,is not a sacrifice but a privelege.
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    this is so true... it's nice to see stuff like this from time to time.

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    Sacrifice of more than just a muli-figure salary. Sacrifice from the family for the separation of the T.O.D. Sometimes I think thats worse than the drop in salary or even the living conditions of being overseas. At least most of the time I was too busy to be concerned with myself. I think the families back home likely have the worst of it, sometimes.

    As for the rest: What the heck. I've been "floating around" in uniform for a long time too. Coming to 20 years at the end of July this year.

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    Thumbs up Thank You!

    Every one tells me "thank you for your service" (military and emergency). Just wanted to pass the same on to those of you who serve beside me.

    I hit my one year retirement anniversary on 31 March. I did 23 years in the Navy as a Corpsman and spent most of it as an Fleet Marine Force (FMF) bubba. I got shot in Iraq in 2003 while flying Casualty Evacuation in An Nasariyah. I would rather get hit again than do physical therapy, it hurt less...

    My son is geting ready to make his 2nd deployment (18 months!). I never thought 24 years ago that my son and I would end up fighting in the same conflict.

    It is great to see so many brothers and sisters who have served. From the military to Fire/EMS......I am honored to be in that "proud to serve" and "sacrifice for others" catagory with all of you.

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