I’m still shocked that my friend Chris is gone. I never got to know his beautiful family, but he spoke of them often in our conversations. I had been hounding him recently to get out to the great state of Texas and hang out with him and do some shooting. America has lost another hero, and these guys are not replaceable.
While I gave Chris a hard time about his last NBC appearance, he was not happy when SOFREP reviewed the show but he understood. He also made sure I knew that he was all about raising Veteran awareness. I believed him 100% and respected him all the more for it.
When I called Chris and Marcus up about filming a special show they both agreed on the spot. We all volunteered our time for the show and nobody made a dollar off of it. It was our way of sharing a small piece of the SEAL community with the rest of the world. While Marcus couldn’t make the show due to a family emergency, my other friend Chris Osman gladly accepted the spot.
Me and a few of the guys have been burned by Hollywood production companies in the past. How many of you know that NATGEO’s for-hire production company stiffed Glen Doherty and two other SEALs on the Somalia sniper special titled Pirate Hunters? It’s a damn fiasco and NATGEO should be ashamed. They sent a weak apology and their production company went about their business. Good work NATGEO. It’s situations like this that drove us to produce our own content, by SOF, for SOF and for our great audience —YOU.
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I know I'm coming in late here, but I only got to watch SES until the third ep. Is there a way to see the others? I know there are many critics of this show, but I saw no disrespect to the vets. If anything, this will make the general public appreciate what they do that much more. Even these celebs realized this, including an Olympic gold medalist. I imagine that the toll it takes on one's body and personal life (Olympic level athlete) could be similar to a SOF person though they aren't putting themselves in the line of fire or deploying for the lengths of time. I'm mainly referring to physical training and lack of personal life here. ;) It was nice to see how reverent the celebs were to their partners. Heck, Dean totally fan-boyed over Chris. ;) It warms my heart. And poor CK was totes embarrassed. Hee! If anything, it brought awareness to what troops overcome while training and overseas & how hard core they are. :) I think the gen pop thinks of troops as grunts who blindly follow. You don't get to that level by being a mindless person.
Loved reading all the stories about Chris, such an amazing man. Loved that he volunteered and always helped others... Thought I'd share the following: When it comes to helping others, there are no little things... the accumulation of a lot of little things isn't little... it takes each of us to make a difference for all of us... none of us can do everything at once, but all of us can do something at once... one person can make a difference, and every person must try... just concentrate on helping one person, giving hope to one person, and that person in turn may give hope to somebody else and it will spread out. It's the greatest mistake to do nothing because you can only do a little. Give what you can, and do it together. That's the power of one. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Dan Zadra Volunteering is my passion and life, so please honor Chris by carrying on his legacy!!! Go out and volunteer, help someone, offer a smile. It does wonders for the soul. RIP Chris, take care and Godspeed....
To begin, I want to thank SOFREP for the small snippets of video that you guys did. It gave me a little insight into Chris and it also helped me as I listened to his book (sadly not read by him). And even though the reader did a decent job of reading the book, I kept hearing Chris' voice (as heard here) as his stories unfolded. It was a truly amazing story of a humble hero, recalling many of the good and the bad times he endured patriotically during his deployments. The hardest parts by far were at the end, when he and Tara recalled how hard it was on their family with him being gone and their final reconciliation as he left the teams for his family. It broke my heart that after all he and his family had endured as he served his country, he was finally able to be their for his family, and they for him, that I already knew what the outcome would be in the near future. Reading about their hardships and knowing what would happen slapped me in the face and made me realize so many things that we/I take for granted on a daily basis and how quickly that all we love and cherish can be stolen from us in the blink of an eye. So I say, thank you Chris, not only for your undying loyalty and service to our country and our freedoms, but thank you for helping me look at the world in a new light; a light that shows how precious every moment that God gives us is a true blessing. RIP
RIP Chris. I'm grateful for the PGR escort--they are WONDERFUL people, I know a few from Washington when we lived there, drove "the cage" and carried flags/water in my car. It was an honor to do so. I know Texas and folks from all over did Chris proud today. My heart was with you there. God bless all of you.
@oldhippychick @JHR @marbito11 I most likely would. I'm hot headed that way--gets me in trouble ;)