Though 6 year old Mason Rudder is no Navy SEAL, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feel like one.
Mason was born with a genetic disorder (Escobar syndrome) that causes limited movement and a decreased range of motion, his parents say.
Mason’s parents, George and Suzanne Rudder, former St. Louis County residents who now live near Kansas City, surprised Mason for his birthday by driving across the state to a tactical training center near Farmington, Mo., to shoot and train with a former member of the Navy SEALs.
Mason’s fascination with the SEALs was fueled in part by the fact that his uncle was a SEAL and his grandfather was in the Air Force. He often plays military games around the house, his father said.
In traditional Navy SEAL fashion, the boys followed it up with “PlayStation and beer.”