Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Opinion

February 17, 2013

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Embarrassed as a Veteran ...

Dear Editor,

Gov. Rick Perry released a statement Feb. 11 regarding the passing of former Navy Seal Chris Kyle:

“Chris Kyle was the public face of an anonymous breed of American warrior who are handed the hardest missions and assume the largest risks. Chris was among the very best at what he did, and he saved countless American lives in the process. Our state and our nation suffered a profound loss with his passing. I am honored to have known Chris and to have called him my friend. Anita and I send our deepest condolences to his wife, Taya, his children and the thousands of service members that were his extended family.”

Chris Kyle, a Texas native and resident, was shot and killed on Feb. 2, at a Texas shooting range, and was buried in the state capitol of Austin at Texas State Cemetery. Despite the overwhelming support of thousands of Texans, Governor Perry did not issue a proclamation directing flags to be flown at half staff statewide at either Chris Kyle’s memorial service or his funeral.

Texas law states that flags will be flown at half staff for politicians, honored members of the military and public figures in Texas. The same applies to burial at Texas State Cemetery. Why was the exception made at the burial site and not at the flag pole? The Kyle family requested both, and Governor Perry, who calls Kyle “my friend,” doesn’t know what friendship is about.

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