Nicholas and I have never met in person but we’ve had a few lengthy phone calls about Chris.  I didn’t get to know Chris Kyle as a person or consider him a friend until after we were both out of the Teams.

What I like about his New Yorker piece is that is really digs into the background, especially where Eddie Routh is concerned. Eddie’s story is important because it showcases some important areas that need to be improved with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs mental health program.  In many ways, the VA has some ownership in Chris’s death by discharging a loose cannon. You’ll have to read the full article to understand and make your own opinions. 

Most articles I’ve read are only a few feet deep where CK is concerned; this one is several fathoms.

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly encourage the read in full.



Photo: Brandon and Chris with fellow SEAL TEAM 3 Teammates after filming SOFREP TV’s “Inside The TEAM Room.” Author’s personal collection.


By: Nicholas Schmidle