The Texas Tribute to Chris Kyle, An American Sniper

This might be a longer article however we feel it is one of the best paying respect
to a real American Hero. We hope that you clearly understand how much was done for
this true hero who like others, serve daily. These Heroes in our United States
Military make it possible for us to feel safe.

As you know the movie about Chris Kyke, The American Sniper, has been recently
released. Many of you may not be familiar with this TEXAS HERO so we hope you
enjoy this!

Please read this about his funeral and see the Video above. You may want to see the movie
as soon as possible. It is a bit graphic at times but then so is war. It helps people
understand the thought process and conflict that a sniper faces as they carry out their
duty and what their duty is all about, protecting the lives of American troops. Most of us
who saw this Film loved it and were deeply touched.

TEXAS GOODBYE…

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 because 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 how to protect 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 to the
funeral… 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 meet in and so they could use the restroom there instead of the
bathroom 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 because 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 Navy 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, Texas 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 Navy 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.

The gut-wrenching thought is that the current regime is MIA with any gratitude for Chris Kyle.

*To this day, no one in the White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle,
his service, his death, his duty, his generosity, his caring, his life.

However, the President can call a sports person whom cheated on his fiancee with other men. The regime leader can congratulate that person on his bravery for announcing to the world that he is gay. The regime will send numerous delegates to the funeral of someone who attacked a Police Officer as well.

We ask that you would please share this article as we believe Chris Kyle was a true Hero. We also pay our condolences to the Family and Friends of Chad Littlefield.

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