Patriotism, Texas and Chris Kyle

The following letter was written by the mother of a SEAL compatriot of Chris Kyle’s and was included in a military newsletter I regularly receive. The sentiments encapsulated in it are the reason why the Left will NEVER triumph in America; they simply don’t understand the principles of duty and honor, nor do they comprehend the power and determination of those among us who DO understand and subscribe to such principles.

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 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 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 (unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rent 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 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. 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 family’s 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 themselves or if so many SEALs in one place was a security
risk…I don’t know. We willing obliged. No purses ino 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 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 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 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.

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

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18 thoughts on “Patriotism, Texas and Chris Kyle

  1. Cluster

    Thanks for sharing that Spook, that is quite the heart warming account of that day and a great anecdote on the beauty of America and Americans. I loved reading about the selflessness of others in a time of sorrow and need and their compassion and willingness to give when called upon. It’s a great story of community and sadly I think we as a society have lost sight of how a community is best equipped to take care of the needs of their own, so much more so than some centralized bureaucracy.

    Funny I don’t remember reading where and how the Federal Government was there to help out.

    1. Retired Spook Post author

      Funny I don’t remember reading where and how the Federal Government was there to help out.

      Nor did Obama even have the respect to order flags lowered to half mast. Very few on the Left even pay lip service to this kind of patriotism, and very few, IMO, would step up to the plate like Chris Kyle did and defend what they believe with whatever it takes. And yet the Left doesn’t hesitate in their unrelenting attacks on capitalism and the Constitution with “whatever it takes”. I’m rapidly transitioning from being a totally non-violent person to actually looking forward to the fight.

      1. Cluster

        Nor did Obama even have the respect to order flags lowered to half mast.

        Well, Chris Kyle is no Whitney Houston. Sad

      2. GMB

        ” I’m rapidly transitioning from being a totally non-violent person to actually looking forward to the fight.”

        Your journey to the dark side is almost complete Sir. Please join us for cookies and milk.

  2. mrevilwrench

    Beautiful outpouring of thanks and admiration. Reckon I’d have a BBQ if barky demised, too. Different reason, though.

  3. mitchethekid

    This is really getting pathetic. Chris was a sniper. A successful one who parlayed his skill into a writing career and his humanity into helping others, but a “hero”? What is heroic about being a good shot when you are in a war? Sounds like survival skills to me. Perhaps you should address the guy who murdered him, and why. Now that would be heroic.
    As far as the rants about gay marriage, give it up. Funny how the folks who demand smaller, less intrusive government are the first ones who want to regulate their morality and human sexuality. Gay marriage is a non issue and is increasingly accepted by society. As of right now, there are less divorces with gay couples than with straight. Why not discuss that? And as far as Noonan’s continued screed about “liberalism” never being predominate, it IS predominate. If it wasn’t, he’d have to find something else to complain about. Like how many bubbles there are in a bar of soap. And I like to draw attention to Neo’s pray for death of the President and all of you who deny that he does so. He is a racist and an ignorant, vile and hateful person of the first order and is a perfect representative of the right as it now stands. No wonder people who think like him are as relevant and influential as buggy whips and tire chains.

    1. neocon01

      bmitch

      do try to keep up

      200+ years jurisprudence and all ***57*** states sodomy = ILLEGAL.

      now tell who is ramming their belief’s on whom?

    2. neocon01

      Really???

      Neo’s pray for death of the President and all of you who deny that he does so. He is a racist and an ignorant, vile and hateful person of the first order and is a perfect representative of the right as it now stands.

      hate? racist? vile? ignorant? hmmmmmmm

      Im a democRAT?? who knew?

      The Long, Sad, Violent History of Democrats’
      Racial Hatred for Blacks

      http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/pcism/sad_history.htm

      1. neocon01

        bmitch too bad soooo sad

        Democrats have been falsely accusing Republicans as being Racists.

        It is a lie.

        The charges of racism have nothing to do with race, but everything to do with party.

        Elitist Democrats must keep racism alive to win.

        And here is Proof.

        Racist Democrat Quotes

        “You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent.” -Senator Joe Biden

        “A handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom.” -Spike Lee referring to Clarence Thomas

        “I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state …. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia …. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va …. I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities.”- Robert Byrd

        “White folks was in caves while we was building empires… We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”- Rev. Al Sharpton

        “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,…I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” – Joe Biden

        “Obama is Electable Because he is Light Skinned with no Negro Dialect.” – Harry Reid

        ‘Hymietown.’ – Jesse Jackson describing New York City

        “Listen he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate” this is what’s been used against him, “but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.” -Dan Rather

        “I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” Lyndon Johnson!

        “A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.” Bill Clinton

        “I am not going to use the federal government’s authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnic homogeneous neighborhoods.”- Jimmy Carter

        “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”- Robert Byrd

        “You’d find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they’d just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva.” — Fritz Hollings (D, S.C.)

        Mahatma Gandhi “ran a gas station down in Saint Louis.” -Senator Hillary Clinton

        “In the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and [there] were those slaves that lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master … exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him. Colin Powell’s committed to come into the house of the master. When Colin Powell dares to suggest something other than what the master wants to hear, he will be turned back out to pasture.”- Harry Belafonte

        “Jews — that’s J-E-W-S.”- State Senator Bill McKinney explaining why his daughter Cynthia lost in 2002

        “Is you their black-haired answer-mammy who be smart? Does they like how you shine their shoes, Condoleezza? Or the way you wash and park the whitey’s cars?” — Left-wing radio host Neil Rogers

        Some junior high n*gger kicked Steve’s ass while he was trying to help his brothers out; junior high or sophomore in high school. Whatever it was, Steve had the n*gger down. However it was, it was Steve’s fault. He had the n*gger down, he let him up. The n*gger blindsided him.” — Roger Clinton, the President’s brother on audiotape

        Let us not forget history, or be doomed to repeat it.

        Consider:

        The Riot of 1871: White Democrats and vigilantes — some aligned with the Ku Klux Klan — resented the presence of blacks in positions of political power. At a hearing at Con Sheehan Hall, gun shots killed white Republican Judge E.L. Bramlette and a black policeman. Tyler jumped from Con Sheehan’s second-floor window, but was chased by a white crowd and then killed two blocks away. The riots started after White Democrats started a rumor that Black people planned to burn down the city. Up to 30 people were killed, some in extraordinarily brutal fashion.

        May 22, 1856, The Caning of Senator Charles Sumner Senator Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts antislavery Republican, addressed the Senate on the explosive issue of whether Kansas should be admitted to the Union as a slave state or a free state. In his “Crime Against Kansas” speech, Sumner identified two Democratic senators as the principal culprits in this crime—Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Andrew Butler of South Carolina. Representative Preston Brooks was Butler’s South Carolina kinsman. Brooks slammed his metal-topped cane onto the unsuspecting Sumner’s head. As Brooks struck again and again, Sumner rose and lurched blindly about the chamber, futilely attempting to protect himself. After a very long minute, it ended. Bleeding profusely, Sumner was carried away.

        The 1898 violence began when white vigilantes, resentful after years of black and Republican political rule during Reconstruction, burned the printing press of a black newspaper publisher, Alexander Manly. This horrible incident killed as many as 60 people and sparked an exodus of more than 2,000 black residents from Wilmington.

        It was the Democrats that passed legislation under Jim Crow that prohibited blacks from running for offices in Democratic primaries in the South.

        It was Democrats that denied blacks the right to vote in the South.

        LOTS MORE HEAH!!

        http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981647168

    3. tiredoflibbs

      no mitchie this is pathetic but typical for you: “What is heroic about being a good shot when you are in a war?”

      Uh, a sniper provides support for his fellow troopers. He saved many lives by taking out the enemy before they had the chance to kill his fellow troops.

      Typical for you to be so uniformed…

      Again, that is pathetic.

    4. tiredoflibbs

      That’s right, proggies like mitchie believe the cop, who just went nuts in California, was fighting the man, the system and the establishment that put him down. A hero to the 60s crowd if they ever saw one – just like Ayers, obAMATEUR’s buddy oh wait, the dumbed down talking point goes, “Just some guy who lived in my neighborhood”.

      Again, mitchie, pathetic.

    5. neocon01

      Neo’s pray for death of the President

      I pray for my country daily, and I took an OATH to uphold the constitution against all ENEMIES foreign and DOMESTIC.

      If the POTUS is a foreign/domestic traitor then a prayer could be applicable for his/her replacement. The means I leave to God.

  4. Jeremiah

    Thanks for sharing this letter, Spook.

    Yes, the Left is going to keep pushing, until they’ve pushed too far. I just hope that when they do, we don’t leave one standing.

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