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Sniper03 06-22-2013 12:13 AM

Chris Kyle (Seal) True American Tribute
 
This is a little long! But I thought Chris Kyle deserve our respect and tribute to his life to at least post this here on the FTF.
03. Good Read! And Tribute to an American Hero! RIP Chris!

Patriotism, Texas
 and Chris Kyle:

I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people. Chris was Derek's team mate
 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 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 6 months in Iraq
 and claiming 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 4 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 SEALís 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 SEALís. Two large buses were chartered (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 house the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters.
 It remained there the entire 5 days for the SEALís 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
 SEALís 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 pallbearer, to escort Chris' 
body when it was transferred from Midlothian Funeral Home to Arlington Funeral
 Home and to be with Taya. Tough job. Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The 
home 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 Chris' mom and the 
next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with 
Chris). Tough job.

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. The 200 SEALS and their family. 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 familyís church kept those inside the house well fed.
Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He donated 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. 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 them selves or if so many SEALís in one place was a security risk... I don't know. We willing obliged. No purses in the stadium! We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was 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 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. Bagpipe and drum 
corps were wonderful and the A&M menís 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 5 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 down on one knee, police
 officers 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
 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 services were at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are
 buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from
 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 protests 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 4 taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did
 it. Another tearful moment.

After the service the governor's wife, Anita Perry,
 invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door and greeted each of 
us individually and gave each of the SEALís 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 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.
And our sad A-- President has not even paid tribute to this great American but sure can to dope heads, rock stars, gay athletes and other POS! Who have contributed nothing to protecting our defending our freedom great country, and those in need! Obviously Chris was not a selfish individual.

We just wanted to share with the events of a quite an
 emotional, but blessed week.

sniper762 06-23-2013 01:22 AM

i read his book..............he LOVED killing................i dont respect that

Rocky7 06-23-2013 02:09 AM

I've bumped into Chris Kyle info on the internet. Sounds like he was pretty special, alright. It's too bad a lesser man got the drop on him.

sniper762 06-23-2013 02:24 AM

read his book

ShagNasty1001 06-23-2013 03:20 AM

God bless him, his family, the state of Texas (hard to say coming from an Okie) and above all, everyone who has and still is serving to protect this country

j4454 06-23-2013 04:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sniper762
i read his book..............he LOVED killing................i dont respect that

Fair enough this isn't a debate about one aspect of his life you don't agree with

sbeezy 06-23-2013 04:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sniper762
i read his book..............he LOVED killing................i dont respect that

I read his book. The way I saw it was that he loved his job which happened to be killing which in turn saved lives. But that's just how I saw it. Either way he seemed like a good guy and he definitely didn't deserve to go out like that, especially after all the stuff he went through and managed to survive. It seems especially crappy when people make it through war only to return home, where they're supposed to be safe, and lose their life to a fellow American.


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