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A Texas Good-bye
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Posted on 08/04/2014 12:51:11 PM PDT by impactplayer

A Texas Goodbye --a class event

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Midlothian Funeral Home to Arlington Funeral Home and to be with Taya. A 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). A tough job.

George W. Bush and his wife Laura met and talked to everyone. 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 of....Class... 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 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 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.

Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the 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 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 service was 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 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 Perry, invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door and 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 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.

Punch-line: And 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, honor and pride??

A TEXAS GOODBYE

(from a friend)


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: military; texas

1 posted on 08/04/2014 12:51:11 PM PDT by impactplayer
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To: impactplayer

Thanks for posting this.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 12:57:28 PM PDT by IncPen (None of this would be happening if John Boehner were alive...)
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To: impactplayer
RIP Chris Kyle, a true American Hero.


3 posted on 08/04/2014 1:02:01 PM PDT by South40 (Hillary Clinton was a "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: impactplayer

Thank you for this incredible reminder. God bless Chris, his fellow SEALS and all our military. Also, all who made that incredible day possible, an awesome past president, honorable governor, and my incredible state of Texas. My regard for Jerry Jones has also inched up a bit!


4 posted on 08/04/2014 1:03:39 PM PDT by Bubbette
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To: impactplayer

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, impact player. It was is almost as good as being there.

God bless those who serve in our military.


5 posted on 08/04/2014 1:03:49 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: impactplayer

Very nice. ..


6 posted on 08/04/2014 1:05:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: IncPen
There are many of us who wish we were there
but could not be there .
Thank you for sharing
7 posted on 08/04/2014 1:10:16 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: impactplayer; All

Thanks for posting. Thanks to all posters.


8 posted on 08/04/2014 1:23:28 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: impactplayer

OUTSTANDING!!!!

Americans should be deeply ashamed at the farcical joke we have occupying the White House.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 1:28:57 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: impactplayer

This account of Chris Kyle’s funeral makes me even prouder to be a Texan. Shame on this president for not acknowledging Chris Kyle’s death. That is unforgivable and tells us everything we need to know about his loathsome character.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 1:30:03 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: impactplayer

Chris Kyle’s widow is the one Jesse “The Turd” Ventura just sued — successfully — for a couple mill.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 1:30:33 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: impactplayer

speechless


12 posted on 08/04/2014 1:39:03 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: impactplayer

The president places more honor on being a homosexual than a military hero. Such is the outlook of the homo in chief.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 1:46:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: impactplayer
Thank you for sharing this firsthand story. We are so indebted to the individual sacrifice of each member of our armed forces and their families.

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.

It has become a tradition since 9/11 for a Navy SEAL to pound their Trident into the casket of a fallen fellow warrior (image not from Chris Kyle funeral).

RIP Chris Kyle.

14 posted on 08/04/2014 1:47:24 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Proud to be a Texan from Midlothian Texas, I knew Chris and Chad, both fine individuals. R.I.P.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 3:06:45 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: impactplayer
Excellent Post — blurry screen — RIP Chris Kyle.
16 posted on 08/04/2014 3:10:26 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR: A smorgasbord of Conservative Mindfood - dig in and enjoy it!)
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To: impactplayer

Beautiful.

Thank you, so much, for posting this.


17 posted on 08/04/2014 3:17:54 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: impactplayer

Thank you.


18 posted on 08/04/2014 3:24:16 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: impactplayer

Thanks for posting this. God bless Chris Kyle and his family.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 3:25:48 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It (he) is so disgusting.


20 posted on 08/04/2014 3:27:03 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: jyro

You are very fortunate to have known them.


21 posted on 08/04/2014 3:29:33 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: basil
God bless those who serve in our military.

Amen. God bless and keep them all near to his heart.

22 posted on 08/04/2014 3:30:30 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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