By Tiana Valentin and Mai Son
On January 16th, 2015, the film American Sniper was released into theaters. The film is based off of the life of Chris Kyle and the book which he published in January of 2012. American Sniper is about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. The movie begins with Kyle as a rodeo rider living in Texas, but he soon realizes he needs something different in his life. Kyle joins the U.S. SEALS to become a sniper and before he begins his first tour in Iraq he marries Taya Renae. Kyle becomes “the legend” while in Iraq having 160 confirmed kills and serving four tours. Majority of the movie is about his time in Iraq and how he became America’s most lethal sniper and the hardships he had to encounter trying to revert back to his life in the states. Many soldiers who have returned home from Iraq have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because they can not cope with traumatic experiences they saw during war. Kyle could not leave the war behind him which is why he would continuously return to Iraq as it was easier for him then being home with his wife and two children and living a normal life like the war was not going on.
While in Iraq, Kyle was almost killed during a raid as him and his troops were surrounded by the enemy and a sand storm hit them. After that experience he did not return to war and he went back home to his family where they moved back to Texas. In order to cope with his struggles of his war experiences he would volunteer with war veterans like himself. Kyle changed his life for the better and was headed down a good path. On February 2nd, 2013, Chris Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range by a veteran whom Kyle was trying to help. Kyle was seen as a hero by thousands of Americans and the film touched the hearts of many people especially those affiliated with the military.
Photo taken by: Mai Son