Remembering Military War Hero Chris Kyle: Today Marks One Month From His Death
Today marks the one month anniversary of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s murder. Kyle was the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, and he used those skills to great effect in Iraq. In the days since his death, President and Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama has said . . . nothing.
The President isn’t always so shy about acknowledging famous people’s passing. When Whitney Houston, the trageically drug-addicted diva, overdosed slightly over a year ago, the President, speaking through his press secretary, immediately announced that his thoughts and prayers were with Houston’s family.
There was nothing wrong about President Obama acknowledging the pointless, premature death of a famous woman. There’s a great deal wrong about his refusal to recognize the death of an American war hero who was still serving when the President took his oath and became Commander-in-Chief of the United States military.
Although the President continues his silence, we can still remember Chris Kyle. Thankfully, less than a year before he died, Chris Kyle published his autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, a rollicking book that left readers feeling as if they knew the man.
Kyle was a Texas boy, born and raised, who valued the triumvirate of Country, God, and Family, although not necessarily in that order. His original career goal was to become a professional bronco rider, but a severe injury to his arm ended that career almost as soon as it started. He then decided to join the Marines, but once he learned about the SEALS, he enlisted instead in the Navy. Although the pin his arm originally seemed like a barrier to the SEALS, he ultimately got the chance to attend BUD/S, which he survived, allowing him to achieve his dream of becoming a SEAL.
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