Monday, February 4, 2013

American Hero - Chris Kyle

Today we honor an American Hero - Chris Kyle.  He tragically died this past weekend.

Chris Kyle was born and raised in Texas.  Following his days in school he became a professional bronco rodeo rider.  But that career ended when he seriously injured his arm.

Thereafter Chris pursued the US Marine Corps.  But in the process of doing so he met a US Navy recruiter, which led him to learned about the Navy SEALs.  He went on to BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL school) and joined the US Navy in 1999.

Chris served on SEAL Team 3 and saw four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom (the second Iraq war).  He is knows to have become the most lethal sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills, out of 255 claimed kills.

He left the US Navy in 2009.  He went on to write a biography, American Sniper, about his time in the US Navy.  He then ran a company which provides private security and security training.  In addition, he worked with a non-profit organization that helps Veterans with a variety of disabilities.

As Chris and a friend were helping a former Marine in his recovery from PTSD, that former Marine allegedly turned a gun on them.  As a result, Chris and his friend died on February 2, 2013.

We have honored many US Military Members.  The history of our US Military is filled with American Heroes.  Chris Kyle was, is and always will be an American Hero.

Today we remember, honor and thank Chris Kyle, and every US Military Member, for your brave service.

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