I am sad to announce that Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper, was killed Saturday by a troubled veteran whom he was trying to help. Chris lived by a personal motto that “it is our duty to serve those who serve us,” and he was honoring this creed. He was a unique individual and a loving father, husband, and devout Christian who had a profound effect on the lives of those he touched.
Chris, a Navy SEAL, served four Combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. After retiring from the Navy, Chris founded Craft International LLC, a military and law enforcement training company, and was involved in numerous charities, including co-founding FITCO Cares Foundation, and other charitable events benefiting wounded and disabled servicemen and women returning from combat.
American Sniper was on the bestseller list for 22 weeks, 7 of those weeks at #1. Chris’s second book, American Gun, is scheduled to be published in May, but we are reviewing details this week. It was an honor to help share Chris’s story of service and faith with the world. Those of us who worked with Chris truly respected and liked him deeply. He dedicated his life in recent years to supporting veterans and donated the proceeds of American Sniper to the families of his fallen friends. He deserves our deepest respect. Our prayers are with his family.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the memorial trusts for the families of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield may do so at TheCraft.com.