Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle is recorded as having the most number of sniper kills in U.S. history. He is being remembered for more than his number of kills, though.
His family has started a fund, the Chris Kyle Veteran Support Fund, to continue his work at Tarleton State University in helping veterans receive a higher education after returning from service.
This Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at VFW Post 7835 at 3670 W. Highway 377, the first Bar-B-Que and Silent Auction for Kyle’s fund will take place.
All proceeds will go toward Tarleton’s Military Veterans Services Center, which provides a place for returning veterans attending the university to talk and encourage one another, said John Joffrion, senior vice commander of VFW Post 7835 in Granbury.
Kyle attended Tarleton and, after serving as a Navy SEAL on four tours of duty in Iraq, he came back to the area to help local veterans, said Joffrion.
It was this compassion for fellow vets that led to the fateful day of Feb. 2, 2013, authorities said. Kyle and a friend took a former Marine to a gun range near Glen Rose. Kyle was mentoring the former Marine, who was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, Joffrion said. The former Marine took the lives of Kyle and his friend, authorities said.