Feb 6, 2013 No Comments ›› littlebytes
Thanks to Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor recipient for speaking out for his fallen brother and friend, Chris Meyer and Chad Littlefield. What Ron Paul has posted online and said about the loss of a brave and heroic American hero is unforgivable and only confirms the disdain Paul has towards our military. Below is Dakota Meyer’s full editorial submitted via McLatchy Tribune as shared at Stripes.com.
Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer stands at attention while his award citation is read at the Pentagon on Sept. 8, 2010.KEVIN O’BRIEN/U.S. NAVY
What was Rep. Ron Paul thinking? As a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, I read the news coverage surrounding Paul’s callous and inane comments about the death of a decorated Navy SEAL at the hands of another veteran with utter and complete disbelief.
I knew Chris Kyle, he was a friend and brother of mine.
What was Rep. Paul thinking?
Chris Kyle, a Navy veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who received no less than seven heroism awards by serving as a sniper in combat saving hundreds of American, Coalition and Iraqi lives, is murdered at a gun range in Texas, and Rep. Paul says this via Tweet on Tuesday:
“Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense.”
Implicit in this statement it seems is the point that it’s literally OK now to murder our nation’s vets. It would be deserved, just desserts for American combat veterans. What?!
I suppose this logic would also apply to law enforcement officers as well since they take on a similar role within our shores of trying to defend and protect our citizens. With the recent spate of gun violence, Paul can certainly now be accused of inspiring other mentally unstable people to attack war heroes.
Chris Kyle is a modern, American war hero.
He is credited with more than 150 kills as a sniper in combat serving watch for American and Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.
He enlisted and served in the Navy SEALS from 1999 to 2009. Two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals with a “V” for valor and heroism later, he gave up war and returned home to be with his wife and two small children in Texas and open a new chapter in his life.
The lives Chris took ensured many other American, European and other allied servicemen and women were able to return home to their families and loved ones. Sniper Chris Kyle was deeply feared by our enemies. He shot enemy snipers poised to kill our troops; he ambushed enemy militants laying in wait to ambush our forces; basically, he took 160 enemy lives and saved multiples on that number in terms of Americans who live today because of his skill and bravery.
Chris Kyle certainly didn’t deserve to die this way, and we can only wonder what demons this other man who shot him was battling. But let’s at the very least wait until the police finish investigating and the facts come out, as they unquestionably will, before jumping to ridiculous conclusions and commenting on what we don’t know, can’t yet understand, and should leave to the authorities to sort out first. Right?
Regardless, Rep. Paul’s Tweet was insane and further demonstrates to the rest of the country what seems now obvious: Washington is the problem. Ron Paul is the problem. People going off half-cocked and treating veterans with contempt are the problem.
Chris Kyle is no longer with us. But we — his brothers and sisters in arms — we fellow Americans are very much alive. As recent combat veterans adjust to re-integrate after the war, some of us struggle to make sense of our experiences and newfound realities. But there is one constant.
We live each day for our fellow veterans and are tightly connected by our shared sacrifices. I have witnessed these sacrifices. While Chris Kyle is no longer here to defend himself, we are. And we are happy to ask Rep. Paul: “Sir, have you lost your mind?”
Rep. Paul, retract your ridiculous statement about what befell Chris Kyle. Apologize to his memory, his family, his friends and we his brother and sister soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. Rep. Paul, make this right, and do it today.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
Fox News Spoke with Sgt Dakota Meyer’s recently and this is what he had to say on America Live:
Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient who was honored just over a year ago for his service and sacrifice, says he’s still not happy with Paul.
“I really couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that someone who has [represented] our country [...] coming out and making a statement like that about someone who has served our country, I couldn’t believe it,” he said on ‘America Live.’
“He’s put all of us as veterans, he’s put law enforcement all in danger … I mean, coming out and saying this is like justifying it. It’s like saying it’s okay,” he said, later adding, “Whether you support the war or not, Chris Kyle and no other veteran made the decision to go to war, so don’t hold that against them. [...] They were just doing their jobs.”
Watch his full reaction:
Good for Dakota Meyer’s for standing up for Chris Kyle against the stupidity and callousness of Ron Paul. I never could stand Ron Paul and his views against our military and foreign policy. He may have served in the military as a doctor, but he doesn’t seem to understand nor appreciate those like Chris Kyle and Dakota Meyer and the sacrifices they made to keep our country safe, along with countless Iraqi’s, allies and others.
“War is hell” and these men served with valor and came back as heroes. Sadly what happened to Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield should have never happened. I have a feeling his kind heartedness and will to continue to serve and support fellow veterans may have cost him his life. While reaching out to befriend Eddie Routh at the request of his mother, he put his life in danger not knowing how seriously disturbed Routh was.
According to the 911 call from his sister, Routh had just been released from a mental hospital the week before, claiming to have PTSD. However, there are no confirmed reports Routh ever served in combat, so I am not sure how he developed PTSD other than being separated from his family and life at home while he served in Iraq and Haiti.
Hopefully we learn more about his motive and diagnosis soon, but so far it seems senseless and as he admitted to his sister he ”traded his soul for a new truck.” Apparently he thought he would get away with killing Kyle and his friend, but his sister did the right thing and reported him after he confessed. In addition, the bodies of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield were discovered by a guide at the shooting range a couple hours, around 5pm, after it happened around 3:15pm. This may have been one reason it took so long for 911 reports to go out. Routh wasn’t arrested until around 9pm, according to reports.
Routh’s sister called 911 sometime after he arrived at her house in Midlothian and the guide at the shooting range didn’t call 911 until around 6pm. I guess it took time to put the two calls together and determine they were related before police finally caught up with Routh at his home outside of Dallas, in Lancaster, a Dallas suburb some 90 miles northeast of the shooting scene. While talking with authorities outside, he’d somehow gotten back in the truck and sped away.
Authorities chased him and finally stopped him and captured him trying to escape from his house in Kyle’s truck around 8:30 pm. Routh was then arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder at 9 pm.
There are still too many unknowns, but what we do know is that Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were senselessly killed by someone who should have been kept in the mental hospital last week.
Why was he released so soon, after threatening to kill himself and his family? Why was he allowed to keep his weapon? Why was he referred to Chris Kyle for help when what he needed was to be supervised in a mental hospital and treated with medication, and/or therapy and under 24 hour care?
Hopefully we find these things out soon and hopefully justice will be served so their families will find closure and peace of mind. The loss of Chris Kyle is a tragedy for all who knew him and for those who respect and love our military heroes from afar. We can’t let their deaths be in vain and must provide better mental health care for those with mental illness, especially those who have served our country defending our freedoms.
Lastly, several memorial funds are raising money for the families of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield:
Kyle’s company, Craft International has started a fund, along with Mercury One, through Glenn Beck’s charity and America’s Mighty Warriors, founded by a Gold Star mom, Debbie Lee a friend of Chris Kyle’s, who lost a son and friend who served with Kyle in Iraq.
According to Craft International:
We have received considerable interest from friends, colleagues and members of the general public wishing to contribute to the families of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, who were tragically killed on Saturday February 2, 2013. We are extremely humbled by the outpouring of generosity and offers of support.
In response, trusts have been set up in both of their names for anyone who would like to make a financial donation to the families. These trusts will provide for the general welfare of the families as well as the education of their young children. One hundred percent (100%) of the donations will go to the respective families.