Chris Kyle
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Exclusive: Slain sniper Chris Kyle’s lasting words

Campus & Local, State, U.S.

By K’Leigh Bedingfield – 

Slain Navy SEAL sniper and Tarleton State University alum Chris Kyle – in one of his last, if not the last interview he gave – said he wanted to be remembered as a man who “stood up for what he believed.”

Photo courtesy of Harper Collins

Photo courtesy of Harper Collins

“I would love for people to be able to think of me as a guy who stood up for what he believed in and helped make a difference for the veterans,” Kyle said in a phone interview with the Texan News Service on Jan. 28, five days before he was shot. “You know, somebody who cared so much about them that he wanted them taken care of.”

Kyle, who attended Tarleton in 1994, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “American Sniper,” where he gives the vivid accounts of what life was like while deployed in Iraq. He holds the title as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills. Like many others vets, he said he still struggles with emotions from having survived a war that claimed so many other lives.

“There’s definitely still a lot of hurt from losing my guys, or the fact that I got out when I felt like it wasn’t my time yet, “ Kyle said. “So being able to do this makes me still feel like I’m a part of it and still giving back. I feel that we definitely owe these guys everything that we can, so I’m just trying to do my part,” Kyle said.

He served four tours in Iraq, was honorably discharged from the military and spent his days after retirement working with his company Craft International, which provides training for the military and law enforcement, and FITCO Cares Foundation, a foundation that provides counseling for veterans.

Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot to death Saturday at Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose. Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster, Texas, has been arrested in the case and is being held in solitary confinement in Erath County jail.  Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to a shooting range at Rough Creek as part of a program to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Ashton Hamilton and Houston Hall contributed to this report. To listen to K’Leigh Bedingfield’s full interview with Chris Kyle, visit

Chris Kyle interview transcript


K’Leigh Bedingfield is a junior Broadcast Journalism student from Clifton, Texas. She currently is a staff writer for Texan News Service.

Follow her on Twitter @BedingfieldK 


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  1. lee February 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    taking a vet with PTSD to a target range sounds like tough love or simple stupidity. What a waste of our best.

    • 11BRAVO3V March 15, 2013 at 5:50 am

      What? So you’re an expert now. PTSD takes many forms and manifests in any number of ways. My understanding is Chris had done this before with other vets, no reason to believe this would have been any different. He was simply helping a “brother” out. Try as we might, not all of us can see the darkness in other men’s souls. Eddie Routh has some other inner demons he’s dealing with. In my experience, people who suffer from that severe a case of alleged PTSD, have some other underlying issue before the “traumatic” event(s)…we had guy who had issues with particularly intense deployments where the operational tempo was very high while other guys took it all in stride. These same guys were the ones who had personal problems back in garrison (i.e. Home) and constantly in need of supervision and external motivation.

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  3. Judy Cherbonneau February 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I am sending my deepest sympathies to the Kyle and Littlefield families. May you rest in peace, Chris and Chad, and may God comfort those of your families and friends who are left behind. Heaven will be a better place, as earth was, because of heroes like these men.

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  5. Don't Tread On Me February 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    “What wounded veterans don’t need is sympathy. They need to be treated like the men they are: equals, heroes, and people who still have tremendous value for society.”

    Lee, (commenter below) or anyone of similar thinking, I urge you to check your words. That quote is from Kyle’s book…nothing about this man was stupid or a waste. The man lived the way he did, reflected in this interview, every interview, his book, etc. The life of this Warrior should be celebrated. The word waste…leaves a very sour taste. Chris wasn’t about bullshit, so let’s leave the bullshit out. What a man, what a warrior. Other Americans should be proud to be considered a part of this same Union as Chris Kyle.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas Chief Kyle

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