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Texans Take Care of Texans -- Chris Kyle, SEAL Sniper
Part 1- From the mom of one of Kyle's SEAL teammates:

I just wanted to share with you all that out of a
horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people. Chris was my Son
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 Al Qaeda had put a huge bounty on his head.

He did so 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 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 his 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 all
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 rate 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 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 SEALs to congregate in and for 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.

Texans Take Care of Texans -- Chris Kyle SEAL Sniper
Part 2

Nolan Ryan, retired baseball great, sent his cooking team, a huge grill and
lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and
fed the 200 SEALs and their families all day long. The next day
a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed
them all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The
family's church kept those inside the house well fed as well.

Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was like 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 into the stadium! We were taken to The
Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. There were about
300 people and 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 out onto the field I was
shocked to see 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) into 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 the events of quite an
emotional, but blessed week.

3,681 Posts
God Bless our Troops and God Bless all the fine people that made this event happen so seemlessly.

7,688 Posts
very nice...

If you haven't read it yet, get it. It's a great read and really puts you into Chris' head..


"When you speak of me, speak well."
978 Posts
Incredibly awesome read..
God bless those who serve to protect us.
God bless Texas and Texans who honor the statement above.

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Thanks; Mom, for the outstanding reporting.

An appropriate ceremony for a fallen hero! RIP; Chrs!

Salute! :brew: C2

897 Posts
Made a grown man cry. Tears of Pride and Gratitude. Thanks Chris, and All who have served, are serving, and will serve. God Bless the USA.

El First Draw
258 Posts
God Bless Texas, God Bless Chris Kyle an American Hero, God Bless all the navy seals and the other military men and women and may God be with you Mrs. Kyle and your children as you recover from this pain.

RIP Mr. Chris Kyle

Ayatollah of Jack & Cola
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This is exactly why Texas is the greatest nation in the Union!!

God bless Chris and his family and friends.

God bless texas.


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Thanks for sharing.

GOD Bless all who has and are serving!
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