Honoring Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyleby Representative Kevin Brady
Posted on 2013-02-13
BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of
native Texan, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Scott Kyle, a Navy SEAL
and a true American hero.
Chris Kyle grew up in Odessa, Texas and as a young child, was taught to shoot by his father. He went on to use those skills in defense of our nation as a SEAL in the U.S. Navy. Chief Kyle served in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom during his four tours in Iraq. During his time in Iraq, he was shot twice and involved in several IED explosions, and was awarded for his distinguished service both the Bronze and Silver Star medals several times.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 2009, this devoted family man to wife, Taya, and their two children, settled in Midlothian, Texas to run Craft International, a firm that provides law enforcement training and security protection. Determined to help his fellow soldiers, Chris helped create the Fitco Cares Foundation, which provides support and encouragement to veterans in need.
The untimely death of this American patriot and military hero is a devastating loss--not just for his precious family, but for his fellow veterans, his community and the entire nation. We grieve for his wife, and children, who must go on without his presence. We lament that his good works are left unfinished. And we mourn for the lives who have been robbed of ever knowing him and benefitting from his faith, encouragement, and tenacity.