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  • Honoring Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle

    by Representative Gene Green

    Posted on 2013-02-13

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    GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor an American hero, Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle.

    Eleven days ago, Chief Kyle was taken away from all of us while doing what he did best--helping others, especially fellow veterans.

    During his four tours in Iraq, Chief Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His skill as a sniper became legendary among Americans and insurgents alike. He was given the nickname ``the devil of Ramadi'' by the insurgents and a $20,000 bounty was placed on his head.

    By the time Chief Kyle left the Navy in 2009, he had made 160 confirmed kills, more than any other U.S. military sniper in history.

    Chief Kyle returned home to Midlothian, Texas in 2009 to be with his wife, Taya Kyle, and their two young children.

    Chief Kyle continued protecting his fellow warriors through the creation of the Fitco Cares Foundation, which raised awareness and money to help veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.

    In 2012, Chief Kyle's, American Sniper, was published. Though his book became a best seller, he never received money from it. Instead, he used the proceeds for the families of two friends and fellow SEALs.

    Most notable of all, Chief Kyle was a man who loved his family deeply, watched over his friends, and did all he could to protect and help those close to him.

    I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Chris Kyle and offer the thanks of a grateful nation.

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