February 05, 2013 10:05 AM by Donna W. Martin
Recently, we learned about the tragic death of former sniper and Stars Earn Stripes contestant, Chris Kyle. While the American war hero could not have foreseen his untimely death, he spoke about his legacy just days before he was gunned down. Keep reading to see what Chris had to say about how he would like to be remembered.
At the time of his death, Chris Kyle, 38, was at a gun range in Central Texas with Chad Littlefield, 35 and former Marine, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, trying to help Routh with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Routh turned his gun on Kyle and Littlefield killing them both.
According to Yahoo, Chris spoke with the Texan News Service just days before his death and talked about how he would like to be remembered. “I would love for people to be able to think of me as a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the vets. You know somebody who cared so much about them that he wanted them taken care of.”
As a veteran, Chris understood what other vets were going through and had suffered with bouts of PTSD himself. He was glad to help other veterans cope with the emotional and physical scars of combat and even took some on deer hunting trips this past winter. “It sucks to be trapped somewhere,” he said referring to hospitalized veterans. “You’re just out there being one with the guys again, having fun and cutting up. Being in the outdoors, it seems to really progress their healing process. They get along so much faster to where the hospitals have now said, ‘Whenever you want ’em, you just take ’em,’ because … they’re just on a high for about two or three weeks.”
Chris also wrote a book, “American Sniper” and said all proceeds would go to benefit families of the soldiers he couldn’t save in combat. He recalled regular tearful phone calls and thank you letters from the families, “That means the world to me,” he said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all who were involved in this tragic incident.
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