October 20, 2017 Bill Still

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Gen Kelly - What Happens When a Soldier Dies

Yesterday, General John F. Kelly, took to the podium in the long thin White House press room and gently lambasted the assembled White House press corps for their coverage of a certain opportunistic, showboat congresswoman who outrageously criticized President Trump for telling the wife of a Green Beret who had just been killed in Niger. I’ve had the extreme honor to known several Green Berets and other Special Operations folks – one of whom I’m related to - and I can tell you that these are not normal people. These are the most highly-trained human beings on the planet. They speak multiple languages. They keep their bodies in tip-top condition and at this high, high level, they know what they signed up for. They know that they are the very tip of the spear of freedom. These people live lives of self-sacrifice and selfless service to this nation and that’s why when one of them falls in battle, this nation stops and comes to attention. They don’t have to be where they were. They have skills that that they could cash in on in the American economy at any time, but they know they are on the leading edge – and once you taste that leading edge, you just never want to leave. I’ve been there, and that’s why I do what I do now at an age when most people are happy to retire and just watch sporting events. To my friends and relatives still self-sacrificially living on that leading edge right now – today – I salute you, and you can be sure that as long as I have breath in me, I will do everything in my power to support and defend what you do. General Kelly lost a son in Afghanistan. I can’t imagine the crushing loss of such a superbly-trained individual in whom you have put everything a parent can throw into a child – all the hopes and dreams and love. Even a tough General like Kelly, almost breaks down twice recounting his loss.