Friend: Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's mission was to help vets transitioning out of military
Last Updated: 135 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A fellow Navy SEAL Team sniper reveals insights into the death of former Navy SEAL and San Diegan Chris Kyle who was killed trying to help another veteran.
Kyle did four tours in Iraq and is credited with more than 150 kills, making him the most prolific sniper in history.
"It wasn't about the kills," said one of Kyle's close friends, another SEAL Team sniper named Brandon Webb, during an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. "For Chris, it was all about the lives he saved because he was there."
Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield were killed after meeting with an Iraq War Marine veteran at a Texas shooting club just outside of Dallas on Saturday.
Eddie Ray Routh was found in Kyle's truck in Lancaster, Texas a short time later after authorities said Routh told his sister he had killed two men. Routh's mother reportedly sought Kyle's help for her son, who is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. That is something Kyle knew full well.
"He had a tough time transitioning out of the military," said Webb. "It's why he turned his attention to helping other veterans."
Kyle became a national figure after the release of his book "American Sniper," a book co-authored by Scott McEwen of San Diego.
"It was very important to Chris that he show there was a light at the end of the PTSD tunnel," said McEwen, who was also interviewed on GMA.
Routh, in the meantime, on a suicide watch in a Texas jail is being held on $3 million bail.
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