As a Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle served his country with distinction in some of the worst places and situations imaginable. Most Americans will never know what it’s like to leave the comforts of home for the hot streets of Iraq where everyone is trying to kill you and your friends, and life or death decisions are forced to be made in an instant.

“To those that knew him, he kept most his awards in a shoebox, he didn’t really care about his awards, he cared about helping fellow veterans.”, a friend, who requested we not use his name, told SOFREP during a recent phone call.

Chris was murdered by a mentally ill 25 year-old USMC veteran Eddie Routh in 2013; while volunteering to help, what he likely saw as, a fellow veteran in need.

The SEAL community has been thrust onto center stage, especially since the Obama administration held a SEAL Team 6 (DEVGRU) dog and pony show after Red Squadron killed America’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, in Pakistan. To be fair, the Navy and WARCOM (the parent SEAL command) have contributed to the process by participating in officially sanctioned projects like “Act of Valor” and Sony’s video game “SOCOM US Navy SEALs” to name only a few.