Retired SEAL Larry Yatch sent this out to all of us who train at Sealed Mindset, I think more people need to read it.
I come to the Sealed Mindset community with an important request. Many of you have met me and have thanked me for my sacrifice for your freedoms. I appreciate the thoughts, and it makes me happy to know that many of you value the sacrifice that goes along with being a special operations warrior. I want to share with you some personal thoughts about the loss of my friend and brother in arms Chris Kyle.
Chris Kyle is a national hero.
He is known for being the deadliest sniper in US history.
I had the honor of not only knowing Chris but working closely with him for many years. There are a couple insights into Chris and what made him tick that I feel are critical for you to understand.
Chris was not a taker of life; he was a giver of life.
He was the silent hand that ensured a bullet did not hit you from an unseen direction.
He was driven to do whatever was possible and some things that were impossible to protect his bothers in arms.
His ability to shoot accurately at great distances under impossible circumstances allowed him to keep countless soldiers safe.
He wiped from this earth those that were driven by hatred to try and take American lives.
His actions changed the tides of battles.
Read that again and concentrate on the words: His actions changed the tides of battles.
I have been involved in a number of actions that had significant effects on the course of the war. Yet I had a critical realization when I looked at these actions within the lens of the entire war. I realized that if I took my ego out of the assessment it was not I that had significant impact it was the overall actions that had the impact. That is a small but significant difference. If I had not been involved, another SEAL would have carried the day; it was the cumulative effort of many fine men that made the difference. When I speak of Chris it was different, there was not another SEAL that could have taken his place and had the same effect.
One would think that being this significant would have resulted in a sense of accomplishment. A sense of paying your debt to the country you love, which each one of us SEALs feels.
Unfortunately that was not the case with Chris. I remember it like it was yesterday. Chris and I sat in my living room. I was freshly out of the hospital and he was freshly back from his historic deployment.
He sat there troubled with a look of pain on his face as he recounted the deployment. He did not speak of the hundreds of amazing shots he made, or of the awards he got. He spoke of being a failure.
Yes, you read that correctly - he felt he was a failure.
He said that he was haunted by the brother SEALs that were hurt or killed providing overwatch for him. He explained how he had not done enough, and that was obvious by guys that were killed and injured. He went on to express his disappointment in his skills and his frustration with having to be taken out of the fight. We commiserated that the need, so deep within us, screaming to protect the weak, to protect our cherished way of life, to cleanse the world of the evil men that use the terror of innocents as a weapon could not be satiated.
That need to keep up the fight is what inspired us both to dedicated our post SEAL lives to training and education. If we couldn't be on the front lines we could ensure that those that were fighting in our stead would be prepared.
This lifetime of sacrifice runs deeper than you can imagine. It goes beyond the hard work, the injuries, and the losses of friends. It reaches all the way to those we love. They must sacrifice as well. They have to see us broken inside and out, they have to become independent, and they have to constantly live in fear of losing us.
All of this sacrifice is for every single one of you. This sacrifice allows you to enjoy your lives, your children, and your freedom.
We ask but one thing, protect our families while we are on watch; to make sure they are safe, cared for, and supported.
Well Chris has started his next great deployment, and his family needs our support while he is gone.
Go to this website
and provide some small sign to them that you acknowledge and appreciate the safety and freedom that Chris directly provided you and your family.