Liz O’Herrin was scheduled to enlist in the National Guard on Sept 10th 2001, but was asked to come back to sign in the next day. When she woke up on Sept 11th, she had two choices; back out of enlisting out or follow through. She chose courage over cowardice and ended up serving for 7 years.
When newspapers and media speculated the lack of resources for returning vets, Liz experienced it firsthand. “I expected my deployment to be hard, but nobody said coming home would be hard – and it was. It blew me away.”
Liz has devoted herself to tackling transitioning issues that veterans face. She was among the group that actively fought for the new legislation of the Post-911 GI bill that provided better educational support for veterans. Having earned her Masters degree, Liz now serves as the Director of Programs for the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Founded in 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
The scholars chosen show extraordinary academic and leadership potential, a true sense of vocation, and a deep commitment to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, education and the arts.
Tillman’s life, principles and service are his true legacy. Pat’s family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward that legacy by giving military veterans and spouses who embody those principles the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve.
For more information, visit pattillmanfoundation.org.
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Liz O’Herrin of Pat Tillman Foundation on Military Mom Talk Radio with Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd on Itunes and Toginet.com