Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last Request of a Navy SEAL

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Campbell, a Navy SEAL, was an incredible man who lost his life in the August 6th helicopter crash that took the lives of so many American service members.

We were incredibly honored and touched to learn that Chris' final wish sought to continue serving his country by helping wounded warriors and veterans. Hand-written on Chris' will was a note saying that if he died in combat, he wanted attention to focus on his wounded brothers and sisters, rather than himself.

Chris' ultimate hope was that 100,000 individuals would donate to Wounded Warrior Project in his name. Chris' family has taken up his mission, and are rallying the country to help make his dream come true as a testament to his memory. Please help them achieve his goal by donating today in Chris' name, even if it's just $1.

Wounded Warrior Project

Once upon a time in America, nearly every citizen would know someone who was fighting in a war. Today, few know someone in war. And even if they do, they may not know it, especially if the warrior is Special Forces. Such was the case with Chris Campbell. I met Chris several years ago at my nieces wedding, he was a best friend of the groom and Chris was acting as a groomsman. Though there was beer and wine and our encounter was brief, I remember him.

Chris was not a large man as we may imagine a Navy SEAL would be, but he was nonetheless impressive in his tux. He was willing to do the hard work of war and he did it well. He and 29 other Americans died August 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan when the C-47 Chinook helicopter transporting them was destroyed by a Taliban RPG. For a brief moment, I held his hand in mine. For a brief moment, I was connected to a life greater than mine.

This is more than a patriotic request, it's personal. Please give to the Wounded Warrior Project.


dcat said...

What a great post of a great man Indigo!

Indigo Rose said...

I must admit, I've tried to write something.... and it has all sounded so corny.
I have honored Chris' request to help the Survivors... the Wounded Warriors.
I have cried for his parents, his wife, his daughter, his friends.
I cry for the many we have lost, the many who come back broken in body and in mind, and the many who are awaiting deployment.
And in my mourning his loss, I have to face my own fears and I cry, for I am a parent of a Soldier.