America is the light, and her people are the goodness that grows from that. She'll always be worth fighting for - it was my greatest honor to fight for her every day of my adult life.
I could care less whether the American public knows what I look like.
I promise you, every insurgent, freedom fighter, and stray gunman in Iraq who we arrested knew the ropes, knew that the way out was to announce he had been tortured by the Americans, ill treated, or prevented from reading the Koran or eating his breakfast or watching the television.
I spend most of my time at the ranch with my family, and enjoy life - watch the sun come up, watch it go down, thank God for another day, and just be happy.
If I died on the battlefield, then that was the way it was supposed to be.
If I had to say something to Americans, being afraid and having fear, it's okay to be fearful because that will make you strong; being afraid will shut you down.
These 'lone wolves,' people like to call them, you've got to look at them not like a lone wolf but an individual operator who's been convinced in their head, brainwashed, whatever, that this is the way to go. And they will carry out their assaults systematically throughout.
I got my service dog when I was medically retired out of the military, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I wish every medically retired serviceman could have a service dog. He's amazing. He's my best bud. I go everywhere and anywhere with him.
If we became buddies, obviously I'd start throwing some cracks at Him.
When I did get captured, the only thing I held onto was the fact that my teammates were going to come get me. Period.
People always ask me, 'I don't know how you could watch that, how that affects you,' and I just tell them, 'I went through it in real life, so it's like pilots watching a 'Top Gun' movie or cyclists watching a bicycle movie,' something like that.
This entire business of modern war crimes, as identified by the liberal wings of politics and the media, began in Iraq and has been running downhill ever since.
When I came into the Perry family, it was one of those deals where it was the only family I had. I didn't have a father figure growing up like that, somebody who genuinely cared about me. Governor Perry taught me how to be a good man.
It's not secret that usually I don't have a filter.
The last time I was in there to set up for a surgery, I was sitting in the waiting room ... watching television. And a special came on the news about a guy who got AIDS from re-used medical equipment in the VA. It was the same procedure I was fixing to get. I'm gone. Deuces. I walked out, man.
In the middle of everything evil, in an evil place, you can find goodness. Goodness. I'd even call it godliness.
Governor Perry taught me how to be a good man and to be a good husband. Not only does he have to take care of his own family, but the state of Texas.
War's not black and white; it's gray. If you don't fight in the gray area, you're going to lose.
What the SEAL teams do, what our training does, is it chips away the outer that layer and shows you what you're capable of and not capable of.
When they were working on the movie 'Lone Survivor,' all I cared about was that it was done right to honor all of the guys.