As the mother of a former Navy SEAL I grieve for the parents of these two outstanding men. Their bravery is beyond my imagination. I believe they deserve the highest medal this country can give, The Congressional Medal of Honor. However, I have been told that they don't qualify for this medal because they were no longer in the military. I believe an exception should be made in this case. With weapons they picked up along the way to the embassy rescued, they saved the lives of forty-one American civilians left to die by our government. They held open the doors of the CIA complex laying down a line of fire so the civilians could enter to safety. They continued to hold open the doors until everyone had entered, taking many wounds resulting in their deaths.

"Tyrone’s friends and colleagues called him “Rone,” and they relied on his courage and skill, honed over two decades as a Navy SEAL. In uniform, he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. All our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai, who was born just a few months ago.

We also grieve for Glen Doherty, called Bub, and his family: his father Bernard, his mother Barbara, his brother Gregory, and his sister Kathleen. Glen was also a former Navy SEAL and an experienced paramedic. He put his life on the line many times, protecting Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot spots. In the end, he died the way he lived – with selfless honor and unstinting valor." CoranadoPatch-September 14

Please sigh my petition to give the Congressional Medal of Honor to Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty for their extreme valor far above and beyond the call of duty.