February 17, 2016 –
•5 Bronze Stars with Combat Valor
•Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Valor…
•2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat Valor
•2 Combat Action Ribbons
•Navy Presidential Unit Citation
•Joint Meritorious Unit Award
•Navy Unit Commendation
•Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
•Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 Service Star
•National Defense Service Medal
•Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
• Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 Campaign Stars
•Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
•Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
•Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 Service Stars
•Rifle Marksmanship Medal
•Pistol Marksmanship Medal
•United States Navy SEALs Insignia
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.
At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front toblock 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 an 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.
Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care of….class…Hedonated 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 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.
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.
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.
However, the President can say on national television that someone, a man who has committed a crime and was shot by police in the line of duty, would have made him a good son.The SEALS have asked that you please keep this moving if you think Chris Kyle would have made a good son.