I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the life of Chris Kyle, who was devastatingly murdered yesterday while attending a charity event at a gun range in North Texas.

He was not only an American hero during the time that he served on the front lines as a Navy Seal and the deadliest sniper in U.S. Military history, but he also dedicated his life post-military to fundraising for veteran’s charities and assisting wounded warriors. Chris saved countless lives, and is an inspiration to so many.

I had the pleasure of working with Chris on Stars Earn Stripes, and what an honor it was to learn from him, and to be able to call him a friend. Although his death brings great sadness, his life is one to be celebrated. He wasn’t just a war hero, he was a kind, humble, funny, and caring person, father, and husband.  I can’t think about Chris without smiling and laughing at his funny stories told in his Texas accent. For those who didn’t get the chance to know him, I encourage you to read his book, American Sniper. Proceeds go to veteran’s charity.

American Sniper: An Autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military history

 

Please send your thoughts and prayers to his beautiful wife Taya, his 2 children, and all of his friends and family. A trust has been set up in Chris’s and in Chad Littlefields’ names for anyone who would like to make a donation to support their families. 100% of any donation made will go directly to the families, to provide for the general welfare and education of their young children. For more information on this please click here.

I am proud to say I got choked out by you, Chris. RIP.

 

The Dream Team: Grady, me, Chris, and Dean

Love these guys.

 

Chris’s notorious question, “You e’er been choked out?”

We’ll miss you Chris. Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts on the American Sniper facebook page .