American Sniper

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TEXAS GOODBYE

Although this event took place almost two years ago, it still tells a great story.

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 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 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 of.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.

Punch-line:

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??


Does the punch really surprise anyone? Not me.
 
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I'm going to call BS on this whole thread.  Can't help but notice southwind end it with a dig on Obama.  That should show everyone what he really cares about.  In reality he views the training by the military and an inconvenience and that they should just stay on their bases.
 
And this has nothing to do with them being "OUR" troops and everything to do with any disruption this "DRILL" may cause in the everyda makes!y lives of the citizens involved.
 
Thats great news about bases all over the place.....why aren't they training on "them" instead of public streets?
 
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777 fixer said:
I'm going to call BS on this whole thread.  Can't help but notice southwind end it with a dig on Obama.  That should show everyone what he really cares about.  In reality he views the training by the military and an inconvenience and that they should just stay on their bases.
 
And this has nothing to do with them being "OUR" troops and everything to do with any disruption this "DRILL" may cause in the everyda makes!y lives of the citizens involved.
 
Thats great news about bases all over the place.....why aren't they training on "them" instead of public streets?
Don't really give.a.rat's ass what you call BS on. I stated of all the states Barack could have picked, why TX.
Again if you can't stick to the topic, move on with your Libtard BS!

And BTW Dolt, I didn't add the "Punchline" , only commented on the punchline......and what's wrong with the punchline? Truth hurt?
 
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Don't really give.a.rat's ass what you call BS on. I stated of all the states Barack could have picked, why TX.
 
 
WOW!  Your ignorance is just astounding.  News flash there Eisenhower, the President does not decide where the military will train here in the states.  That's someone else's job.
 
southwind said:
Again if you can't stick to the topic 
 
 
 
The topic is that you could give a crap about the troops.  Your own words have proven it rather well.
 
 
southwind said:
 move on with your Libtard BS!
 
 
Always falling back to the name calling.  How many years did you serve in the military?  None?  How "libtard" of you.  
 
P.S. I have twelve years.
 
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And BTW Dolt, I didn't add the "Punchline" , only commented on the punchline......and what's wrong with the punchline? Truth hurt?
 
But you agree with it.  If you didn't you would have either said so or not even posted it.  I'm just showing how two faced you are.  Truth hurt?
 
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777 fixer said:
 
WOW!  Your ignorance is just astounding.  News flash there Eisenhower, the President does not decide where the military will train here in the states.  That's someone else's job.
 
 
The topic is that you could give a crap about the troops.  Your own words have proven it rather well.
 
 
 
Always falling back to the name calling.  How many years did you serve in the military?  None?  How "libtard" of you.  
 
P.S. I have twelve years.
 
 
But you agree with it.  If you didn't you would have either said so or not even posted it.  I'm just showing how two faced you are.  Truth hurt?
Oh! So the Prez doesn't have any oversight of "His" military.....got it!
Give a crap about our military is "NOT" the topic. You putting words in my mouth doesn't prove sh!t!
And thank you for your service but, doesn't excuse you from being a libtard!
Two faced? Supporting our troops that defend our country is one thing, supporting the people responsible for sending them to your doorstep, for a "Training" exercise, when they have millions of acres of military bases, to do so , is another!
 
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southwind said:
Oh! So the Prez doesn't have any oversight of "His" military.....got it!
Give a crap about our military is "NOT" the topic. You putting words in my mouth doesn't prove sh!t!
And thank you for your service but, doesn't excuse you from being a libtard!
Two faced? Supporting our troops that defend our country is one thing, supporting the people responsible for sending them to your doorstep, for a "Training" exercise, when they have millions of acres of military bases, to do so , is another!
 
Chris Kyle ....My ASSS !
 
ONLY a MORON like you would believe the state of Texass was about to be invaded.
And,
ONLY a MORON like YOU would.....'SWALLOW' .......the BULL SHITT about the Great Chris Kyle.
 
( GULP / SLURP )  !!
 
http://www.storyleak.com/the-true-chris-kyle-story-finally-comes-out/
 
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you probably shouldn't talk about anyone linking Fox news when you're linking sources like that
 

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southwind said:
Oh! So the Prez doesn't have any oversight of "His" military.....got it!
Give a crap about our military is "NOT" the topic. You putting words in my mouth doesn't prove sh!t!
And thank you for your service but, doesn't excuse you from being a libtard!
Two faced? Supporting our troops that defend our country is one thing, supporting the people responsible for sending them to your doorstep, for a "Training" exercise, when they have millions of acres of military bases, to do so , is another!
 
First off the Pres is going to go with the recommendations of the Pentagon unless there is a obvious reason not to.
 
You keep saying that they will be on 'public streets' and now on our 'door step' but have not provided any sources to this statement.  Something verifying this would be nice.  I can't find a damn thing that substantiates what you are saying. 
 
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NewHampshire Black Bears said:
 
Chris Kyle ....My ASSS !
 
ONLY a MORON like you would believe the state of Texass was about to be invaded.
And,
ONLY a MORON like YOU would.....'SWALLOW' .......the BULL SHITT about the Great Chris Kyle.
 
( GULP / SLURP )  !!
 
http://www.storyleak.com/the-true-chris-kyle-story-finally-comes-out/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Your a dumb fuk, just like 777...................Bigot.

Where did I say TX was going to be "invaded"...........Bigot?

There is a difference between supporting your troops and supporting your government...........Bigot!

So, who's the one dissin' an American hero, who saved hundreds of American lives........Bigot!


Now, get back on your knees and commence to praying to your porcelain God.................Bigot!

 
 
 
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Ms Tree said:
 
First off the Pres is going to go with the recommendations of the Pentagon unless there is a obvious reason not to.
 
You keep saying that they will be on 'public streets' and now on our 'door step' but have not provided any sources to this statement.  Something verifying this would be nice.  I can't find a damn thing that substantiates what you are saying. 
We shall see!
 

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