Chris Kyle: An American Hero and Role Model

One of the most enjoyable and inspirational books I’ve read recently is American Gun by the late Chris Kyle. It’s a fascinating overview of American history told through the lens of ten historic firearms. I was very fortunate to have been taught to respect and appreciate firearms as a child, and it is one of my favorite hobbies today. I also love history and men of character so this book is high on my list of all-time favorites. Chris Kyle was a former Navy SEAL as well as the top sniper in U.S. military history. At the time of his tragic death in February of 2013, he was finishing this book. Chris lived by the calling and conviction that “it is our duty to serve those who serve us.” In fact, this was his personal motto. Chris died while trying to help a veteran, he died honoring this creed. Chris had been a SEAL Team Chief, having served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, and numerous other citations. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual. He was also the author of the “New York Times” best-selling book American Sniper. Chris’ widow, Taya Kyle, wrote a powerful tribute in the “Afterword” of American Gun. Although he was an extraordinary soldier, teacher, and writer, more than anything else this description is what inspires me to want to follow his example. Taya described Chris this way:
“Chris Kyle was a multifaceted man who was not only capable of rising up when the chips were down, but who also had personality and character to spare. His humor, passion, depth of love, and dedication, combined with his intelligence, easy-going confidence, and down-to-earth manner, came in an exciting package wrapped in a veritable ribbon of unsurpassed humility.”
Let me close by saying “Thank you” to all of our veterans who have served to protect our great nation and to Taya Kyle for seeing that this book was published so quickly, even in the grief of her tragic loss. May we all aspire to be such men and women of compassion, valor, and humility.

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