A TEXAS GOODBYE
This is why America will remain strong. We take care of our own as well as others who may not deserve taking care of. I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people.
Chris Kyle was Derek's teammate through 10 years of training and battle. They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to some extent and took great care of each other because of it.
2006 in Ramadi was horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with another human than on a Texas football field.
They lost many friends. Chris became the armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of American lives.
Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book "The American Sniper." 100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq .
That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen as far as protecting themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker.
He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.
Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.
Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport they flew into
...free of charge.
The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that it happened.
Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.
The Marriott Hotel reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALs and family.
The Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs. Two large buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated). The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.
At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to congregate in and all to use the restroom so as not to have to go in the house. Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home.
Only a hand full of SEALs went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris' body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job.
Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chrisâ€™ mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with Chris). A tough job.
George W Bush and his wife Laura met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring
Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and their families. The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The family's church kept those inside the house well fed.
Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He made sure that we all were taken care of. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care ofâ€¦.Class... He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as it was determined that so many wanted to attend.
The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security risk, I don't know. We willingly obliged. No purses went into the stadium!
We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was for about 300 people. We were growing.
A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service.
The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service.
The Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men's choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian, TX to Austin for burial. It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out. We had dozens of police motorcycles riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars. You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge. Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection. It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas. People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us, the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way. Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by. Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather. It was so heartwarming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris' body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.
The service was at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honor winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas. It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.
Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris' casket, one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow. Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it. Another tearful moment.
After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALs a coin of Texas. She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess.
We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas. They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.
We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week.
To this day, no one in the White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle.
However, the President can call some sport person and congratulate him on announcing to the world that he is gay? What the hell is happening to our
society, our honor and our pride??
LOVE ONE ANOTHER...HUGS
To The families which loss loved ones. I give my condolences. I appreciate all of the service which these two men gave to America. They have served the Americans and the American Ideas with HONOR.
I pray God gives you the peace that passes all understanding at this time and in the future when you remember your lost Ones.
The "man?' that occupies the "President's Office" does not know what HONOR is. I truely feel no emotion for that 'man?'.
Good Job LaVerne,
RONALD C VROOMAN were you in DC with the protest in May? I was, with my little dog and my sister. I drove from FL to OH to pick up my sister because my Mother who was scheduled to go with me for my return trip passed away from leukemia and my family didn't want me to go alone, after loosing my husband to lung cancer. Any question? I have not given up my rights to anyone. I have fought all the way to today. I am as tough as I can be under the circumstances. Some times I simply have to give in to the emotions. Forgive me for being human. I have been fighting the fight. I have been to DC twice to protest, how about you? I have written to my representatives almost daily except when I was down from the loss of my Mother and from having surgery, how about you? Ron, please think before you insult. The remarks are painful sometimes for no reason. I fight daily, sometimes I simply feel weak from the battle.
I have all the respect for you for your efforts and striving to keep us free. My condolences on your loses. I did not become involved in all of this until last August. When I decided to find out why everything was wrong.
I found much more than I expected. I'm 76, US Navy vet, joined oathkeepers and National Liberty Alliance and am active in Oregon. I challenged the school district on curriculum and interaction with islam. I was unlawfully arrested for criminal trespass with a firearm. I have a concealed carry permit and do not leave home without my 40. To old and incapable of fleeing and can't fight any more so, Cowboy up with the 2nd amendment.
I go to pre-trial conference tomorrow. I will not plea bargain and will use every lawful option to Kick the shit out of the system of fraud "we the people" deal with. FL and Dixie county is doing poorly and Terry is suffering. That should never have happened.
I close with love, peace, harmony and a prayer
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
I wish you all the luck in the world tomorrow. You should not have to suffer for practicing your God given and constitutional backed rights. I too conceal carry. I am too young to give up and too damn old to get my butt kicked. Just got CC certified about a year ago. Thank you sir for your service. My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow in your court battle. I was at the courthouse when Terry was fighting for his release. I do understand where you are coming from and going to. If I can be of service to you in any way, please feel free to contact me. I stand behind our veterans just as they stood in front of me to protect me and mine. Don't know if this is allowed but you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. NEVER, ever give up. Do not allow them to get you down. We the people are here to support you in every way we can. I became very involved in this mess when I saw WWII veterans denied their rights to visit their WWII memorial. I went into my Mothers room and asked if she was up to a trip to DC, she too was watching the news. She said "Hell yes", we packed our things and off we went to DC to tear down barricades at the memorial sites. I was even interviewed on FOX new, the Megan Kelly show. We were both very angry over this. My mothers brother and six of his cousins all enlisted after the Pearl Harbor attack so I do take it really personal when someone attacks my/our country.
Thank you Ronald for your post. I too live here in Oregon on the east side. I really don't know what the hell happened with the governors election.....I really thought we coulda gotten rid of barrys budie and got a good gov. Im getting my CC permit this year soon before as swipe kitten slobber shuts that down. Im a tea party member,Nra member ,and Oath keepers also. This commie/muslim shit aint gonna fly on my watch...Im like you as was is army 3 years and will not let this UNITED STATES Go to hell....Thank you sir for your service and yah...My gun safes full and plenty of ammo. God help us and thanks for reading sir......Matt
I am NRA and oathkeeper and National Liberty Alliance Oregon we are constituted in all 3000+ counties in the USA call me 503 641 8375 and we can talk and go thru the website.I only got into "WTF is wrong with my country last August.
It is better that the wretched president didn't smear Chris Kyle's memory during his funeral by being present or uttering one of his cowardly words. Everyone was better off. Real Americans take care of their own.
It made me proud to be an AMERICAN AGAIN after reading this. There are a lot of good honest people in this united states. It actually brought tears to my eyes reading this and I want to say THANK-YOU to whoever wrote it. The greatest thing about it is the man/woman who wrote it expects no praise or anything for it and that is truly someone who's very special and good. The guys and gals who put there selves in harms way are the greatest of AMERICANS and the muslim turd in the white house shows none of them respect....I do and always will. Thank-you Chris Kyle and all the others who for fought for me and all of us to keep us safe. I thank GOD for all these heros.....Amen
A great tribute to a great soldier and man! Thanks for posting it.