Honoring Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyleby Former Representative Steve Stockman
Posted on 2013-02-13
STOCKMAN. Thank you for offering this opportunity to honor a
gentleman and a Texan who has demonstrated beyond any belief that he is
dedicated to his country. After he served, he could have gone, walked
out and done other things. But instead, Chris took it upon himself to
have compassion for his fellow soldiers. And in that process, he gave
the ultimate sacrifice, his life. He's an American hero, and I offer my
deepest sympathy to his wife and his two children. He served our Nation
courageously, and served with multiple injuries during four tours of
[[Page H493]] Chris retired in 2009 to spend more time with his family. On top of being a warrior, Chris was a Christian, a son, a husband, and a father. On behalf of myself and my wife, Patty, our hearts go out to Chris' wife and her family. Our Nation will never forget and forever be grateful to Chris' service and for Chris' undying belief in Christ and sharing his testimony. Chris was the kind of humble and kind man who always put the needs of others before himself. Chris continued his passion with his nonprofit, FITCO Cares, which provided in-home fitness equipment to physically and emotionally wounded veterans.
I'd like to say to Chris--which I know he's upstairs listening to us with God and with his Lord--that we are so honored and deeply touched that you gave your entire life for this Nation and that you have set an example for all of us in this House on how to behave. He's an individual, and we say nowadays that we don't have many heroes, but he's a true hero. He's not a pop star. He's not something that is glitter. He did his work and his dedication in silence so that not many people knew until his passing. We all should look to him as a leader and a hero. We're blessed that we had him on the Earth, and one day we'll all see him again.