#ChrisKyleDay – Remembering Chris Kyle, American Hero

 In Military, opinion, Veterans

In Texas, today is Chris Kyle Day. On February 2, 2013, “American Sniper” and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered when they took Eddie Ray Routh to a shooting range in Erath County, Texas. They were attempting to help him overcome mental issues from his service. Instead, he turned his gun on them.

At the trial, Routh’s attorney plead insanity, saying he was in the throes of a psychotic episode. The jury didn’t buy it. They sentenced him to life in prison.

But now, 4 years later, with the killer behind bars, it’s a good day to not only honor and remember Chris Kyle for his service, but to all those who fight for our nation.

Texas State Comptroller, Glenn Hegar Jr tweeted:

Real heroes don’t have a name on the back of their jersey; they have an American flag on their shoulder. #ChrisKyleDay

#ChrisKyleDay in Texas

PTSD is a serious issue, but it’s not an excuse for murder. There are consequences- seek help before we lose one more to murder or suicide.

Chris Kyle believed that instead of treating those who have it like pariahs, we must bring them back by allowing them to re-enter society with the dignity of being treated as men.

Chris Kyle and his friend died when they tried to help a fellow veteran… a final selfless act by Chris Kyle that cost him his life. But it speaks of the hero that Kyle was – saving lives was part of who he was, whether on the battlefields of a foreign country, or on the battlefield at home.

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