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Early Thursday morning on February 11, 2021 sirens, cell phone rings, and bursts of colorful lights reflecting through our bedroom window woke Chris and I up at our Midwest home. The FBI instructed Chris to come outside immediately. Our 4-year-old was awakened from the chaos. I picked him up and ran downstairs to open the front door. Our house was completely surrounded by armed FBI and law enforcement, armored tactical vehicles, and police vehicles that extended throughout the community. For a second, I didn’t realize that there were about twenty FBI SWAT Team members with semi-automatic rifles pointed at my son and I because I was distracted by the bright red lasers pointed at our faces, chests, and various points on my 4-year-old son and I.
Moments later, Chris was gone.
There is a bite in the air, snow still on the ground, our 4-year-old is crying and with guns drawn FBI SWAT storm through as I carried my son barefoot in the cold.
Hours later, after the FBI left our home, I found myself on the phone calling anyone I could think of for help. Neighbors contacted me to ask if I needed anything, as I was in shock from what just happened.
I didn’t realize what else was happening, as if this isn’t enough.
We watch movies, TV series, news and magazine shows and we are stimulated from all the events one after another tightly edited together, and then it’s over. But this didn’t end. It just started.
Due to the public nature of this case, I am limited in providing details. Chris was released the next afternoon approximately 32 hours later on Friday February 12th and the case has been transferred to Washington D.C. This entire day I just wasn’t feeling well, I had sharp pain in my abdomen and bleeding. I realized the pain has been there for the last day but somehow, that pain seemed far away because I was in the middle of a world of chaos and I was the only person who could help Chris. I had no idea what it all meant or even what to do about it. I called the doctor and was able to get an appointment. Meanwhile, Chris is home processing what has just happened to him, our family, and our future.
While in the doctor’s office, a nurse comes into the room and tells me that I need to have emergency surgery or I will bleed to death. She then escorts me to the emergency department.
I lost the baby.
To make matters worse, there was no way I could contact Chris at home to notify him of what was happening. I contacted our neighbor to inform Chris that I would be in immediate emergency surgery. I later found out that when our neighbor told Chris what was happening, he just broke down and cried uncontrollably with no way to go to, help, and comfort me.
Chris Kuehne is a retired decorated combat veteran who has received numerous medals and awards including the Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, and a Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal with Valor for actions in combat. Christopher served his country in the United States military for over twenty years. He was even awarded a rare Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America for his actions involving scouting skills and ideals for saving his youngest sister’s life from the burning car she was in when he was 9 years old.
Chris loves God, Country, and Family in that order and he has tried to live his life that way. He serves God and he served his country honorably for over 20 years, and the military and his service to his country has taken its toll on him as it has on many others that were called to serve.
Chris was injured in Ramadi, Iraq when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded just feet away throwing him in the air and then thrusting him to the ground. Consequently, Chris has had numerous back surgeries and surgeries relating to his injuries. He also suffers from chronic PTSD, TBI (often described/referred/or known as the “invisible wounds”), and a host of other medical illnesses, injuries, and conditions.
Christopher Kuehne went to Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 to support President Trump and to protect civilians from Antifa. For nearly five years innocent people of all ages including men, women, children, elders, and the disabled have been attacked. Chris went to escort them safely; and he would have protected you!
Chris respects, supports, and prays nightly that God keeps all of our leaders safe and grants them wisdom. He also respects and values all our men and women in law enforcement and the military and prays for their safety.
This is such a traumatic experience involving so much loss in our family as well as for others and their families who are going through similar circumstances across the country. In less than six months, Chris lost his job due to Covid-19, and in one day he lost a baby, his freedom, family/friends, privacy, and security. Now he is facing charges that can take him away from our family.
The stress of this whole situation is monumental. I wanted to write something sooner but I didn't have electronic communications, I was recuperating, grieving and therefore I wasn’t in the condition to do so. I believe God was with me and guided me through to this day. But it is not over, we still have upcoming court dates. Chris has personally sacrificed his blood, sweat, and tears serving our country. Can you please help support a retired Combat Veteran Christopher Kuehne in his fight for freedom? I am asking for prayers and any donations to assist in this costly legal process. Thank you in advance for your graciousness and for taking the time to read this.