Veteran: Chris Kyle
Artist / Writer: Gayle Gleckler
Kyle’s father bought his son his first rifle when he was eight years old. A bolt action Springfield. A few of years later he gave Chris a shotgun to hunt deer, pheasant and quail.
A foreshadowing of the purpose of his life.
Who thinks of killing as saintly? But Chris Kyle was a saint for the USA.
Chris was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in US military history, with over 160 kills, officially confirmed by the Department of Defense.
Kyle served four tours and was wounded twice in the Iraq War. He became a legend. The insurgents in Iraq called him “The Devil of Ramadi” or “The Myth”, where the American military put an $80,000 bounty on his head.
In his autobiography, Chris described his famous long shot from his McMillan Tac-338 super rifle. I killed an insurgent sniper aiming at dozens of US military from 2,100 yards (1.920m) away, “A straight up luck shot”.
Chris was awarded two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars with valor.
Back Home in Texas with his family he dedicated his life to rehabilitating vets with severe injuries and PTSD. On February 2, 2013, Kyle was rehabilitating a vet, Eddie Ray Routh, working with him at a shooting range, when Routh turned the rifle on Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield.
The irony is this American hero who was giving back, had his life blow up in smoke at close range with an angry rifle.
Gone in a moment.
Chris will never be gone from our eternal memory and everlasting gratitude.