Tomorrow is a sad day for America. Yes, February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day. But more importantly, it is the anniversary of the death of a true American hero, Chris Kyle.
I remember the day I heard about his killing on television. I had just finished reading his book a few days earlier and asked my husband, “Did they just say Chris Kyle was killed? I just finished reading his book!” I was in complete disbelief. How could this highly skilled sniper, who survived four tours in Iraq be dead? And how the heck could he have been killed on American soil?
We later learned that Kyle’s death, along with his friend, Chad Littlefield, was a result of a mentally disturbed veteran Kyle was trying to help.
Chris Kyle was an amazing and extraordinary human being. First, he was a US Navy SEAL. The best of the best. The most elite force we have in our military. He survived four tours in Iraq. He was highly effective at his job as a sniper. While he struggled between devoting his life to his country and his family, Chris Kyle was able to keep his marriage in tact. He was able to form strong bonds with his children. He overcame PTSD after his return and he was able to pull himself and his family out of bankruptcy. He was constantly helping fellow veterans and knew the healing power of the outdoors. These are all major accomplishments and are an inspiration to veterans and non-veterans.
In his book and in the movie based on the book, American Sniper, we are reminded that there is a war going on and that civilians must help and support our veterans. He asks us in his book to give back to our soldiers who give, and give up, so much to preserve our way of life. He only lost two men during his tours and wanted all of the proceeds from his book to go to their families. While he saved thousands of men, the two he lost constantly tugged at his heart.
From what I have read and heard, Chris Kyle was an amazing human being. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him personally, I have read and reread his book several times. I have seen how humble he was during interviews and how passionate he was about supporting his fellow veterans. I read his Facebook posts, many of which are quite humorous! This was a man who devoted his entire life to helping and protecting others. He was a true hero.
So, tomorrow, I am asking that you take a little time to say a prayer for Chris, his family and all of our veterans. They are still out there. They are still fighting and we cannot ever forget them.
Want to help honor Chris Kyle and all of our veterans? Here are some ideas.
- Go sign up at a local United Services Organization (USO).
- Find out of there is a local veterans hospital in your area and see if you can visit.
- Have your children or students make cards thanking soldiers for their service. Look for events honoring veterans and attend and participate in them.
- Fly your American flag high each and every day.
- Get a green light for your porch and shine it all the time. A green light signals your support for our troops. www.greenlightavet.com
- Write to your state senators and demand better treatment for our veterans at VA hospitals.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.