The catastrophic crash of Extortion 17 on August 6, 2011 was the worst loss of life in the history of the Navy SEALs. A number of the SEALs’ family members felt they were without the answers they needed to try and find some kind of closure, though anyone who has lost a loved one, especially a young loved one, knows there is no closure.
There was evidence that the Extortion 17 crash was scandalous in some ways. The killing of Osama bin Laden had been hyped for political purposes; an Afghan colonial said a prayer at the ramp ceremony that made people cringe and the entire event was taped; there were no flags on the coffins; body parts were buried and dug up and re-buried because identification mistakes were made; details were kept secret; and there was the fact that there were no real answers as to why loved one could no longer be with their families. Death is so final and so unfair.
Along came a caring advocate in the form of Rep. Jason Chaffetz who made certain the families had their answers no matter where they led. At a time when we are so hard on our politicians, often with reason, here is a man with honor who kept at it until the families had their hearing and their answers – hopefully.
Jason Chaffetz wanted the survivors of the victims to “feel the love of this nation” and, you know what? He means it. Listen to the video below and tell me otherwise.
Fortunately, there was no scandal and the military who handled this most tragic event handled it to the best of their ability. If they made mistakes, it appears they did the best they could under trying and confusing circumstances.
The one thing that does need to be remembered is that there was one man – a politician – who cared enough to follow it through without regard for himself because he cared. He cared about men who made the ultimate sacrifice, men for whom no thank you is sufficient.
I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that we reach certain moral levels in our lives, levels that place us above other creatures God created, but, to me, the highest level a man or woman can attain is to be willing to give up one’s live for another. What greater sacrifice could there be? Isn’t this the ultimate expression of love and generosity?
Our men and women in service to our country do that every day. They are willing to give their lives for others every hour of every day. Would you be willing to do the same?
Listen to Rep. Chaffetz and tell me you are not moved:
One congressman, I don’t know what party he is in, told the story of the man who died on the plane with his dog. He was no longer in office when a statue of the young SEAL with his dog was erected. The congressman was invited back to the unveiling and it meant a great deal to him. It was so moving that I don’t think I will forget it.
Each of the congresspeople were kind today. There was no politicization, only concern. It was nice and unfortunately, rare.
Always remember the men of Extortion 17. These are men of honor. They are truly honorable in a way that most people will never understand.
We owe it to them to remember them. What they did was of no small matter. Look at their faces and remember them. They gave all for their country. They made the ultimate sacrifice and so did their families. Hopefully, they received the answers they needed today.
RIP men of Extortion 17. We are so sorry you are gone.
This is why we should be eternally grateful to our military. For a young man, Rep. Jason Chaffetz is a very wise man.