Skip to comments.Rick Perry joined on stump today by Navy SEAL he helped [Marcus Luttrell]
Posted on 01/02/2012 3:11:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
DES MOINES - As Texas Governor Rick Perry makes his final pre-caucus appearances before Iowa voters today, he will be joined on the stump by a figure whos well-known locally: 2000 presidential candidate Steve Forbes.
....But also joining Perry will be someone who once preferred to live in the shadows: former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
He received the Navy Cross after surviving a vicious 2005 battle in which three of his fellow SEALs were killed when they were discovered inside Afghanistan while pursuing a Taliban leader.
Luttrell later wrote about the experience in his book, The Lone Survivor. It is being made into a Peter Berg movie due for release next year.
Unlike Forbes, Luttrell isnt expected to testify today to Perrys policy. Rather, he will speak to his character.
In a story Perry himself related to me, CNNs Peter Hamby, and BuzzFeed/Politicos Ben Smith during a chance encounter at Des Moiness Django restaurant last night, Luttrell and the governor formed a bond after their own chance meeting on Coronado Island in San Diego.
[MUST be read, big snip]
Over time, Rick and Anita Perry - the parents of two children - offered him a spare bedroom in the third floor of their Austin-area home. (They still are unable to live in the Texas Governors Mansion since it was burned by an arsonist while being renovated in 2008.)
Luttrells bed was nothing more than an air mattress, the governor related.
Perry said he also intervened with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to get Luttrell the medical and psychological treatment he needed. He ended up being a regular presence in the home for about two years.
In 2010, Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation, which is aimed at helping wounded warriors return home.
Also in 2010, he got married. And...
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
"Rick Perry has always remained faithful." -- First Lieutenant Daniel P. Moran
[6:45] Medal recipients tell of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their fellow heroes -- and why they support Rick Perry. [including Marcus Luttrell]
What an outstanding young man; Marcus Luttrell.
This is the first account I’ve read on how the Perry’s met Marcus Luttrell.
Sorry for the long paragraph.
A little more info on Luttrell.
I knew this story before about I heard about him and Perry.
I would have no trouble voting for Perry if he is selected.
In fact I can support anyone other than Romney or Paul.
That is an incredible story. My heart aches for Marcus every time I read about it.
Oh boy CC. God bless you.
Thank you DR.
We need to understand how it is for our returning veterans.
I knew Marcus and his wife were included in the Perry family’s decision of whether Rick Perry should run for the nomination but I didn’t know this background.
If that kind of character is not worthy of the Oval office then I don’t know what is. Love the man and God bless Luttrell.
People TRUST Rick Perry.
Yes, I had heard the story about the beans too and how Marcus really didn’t want Perry and his wife to go through....well....what they are going through. I heard his mind was changed after he sent to the funeral of the SEAL team that was wiped out recently.
Were those were the SEAL team members who had been involved in “Barack Obama’s killing” of Osama bin Laden?
“Were those were the SEAL team members who had been involved in Barack Obamas killing of Osama bin Laden?”
No, it was a different Seal team that was wiped out.