If you haven’t seen American Sniper yet, it’s an awesome movie and I strongly encourage you to see it.
Here’s a quick TV interview that my friend, Retired Navy SEAL, Larry Yatch recently did about his tour on Team 3 with Chris and about the movie:
I got to spend some time with Larry in Vegas at SHOT this week and we had a chance to swap stories about Chris. To be clear, we had very different relationships with Chris. Larry went to war with Chris and they were close friends/brothers. I felt an instant kinship with Chris when I met him, thought the world of him when he was alive, and was devastated when he died, but I feel like it would be less than honorable to call him a “close friend” because of the lack of time that I spent with him.
One really neat thing is that I had Chris sign & autograph a copy of American Sniper to Larry…not knowing just how close they were. Chris was going to give a copy to Larry the next time they saw each other. Chris died before they saw each other again, but I was able to give Larry the copy that I had Chris sign for him.
One thing Larry and I both noticed is that Chris was much more jovial in real life than in the movie. One example was from the party below.
We were standing in the kitchen talking at 1-2 in the morning and a guy who was there because his girlfriend was invited came in and asked Chris for some of his snuff.
Chris told him something along the lines of “you don’t ask a guy for his last bit of dip”, but the guy was insistent. So Chris made him a deal he didn’t think he’d accept. Most people wouldn’t understand or appreciate what happened next, but the simple version of the story is that the guy ended up unconscious for a few seconds, swallowing his dip, and spending the next half hour in the bathroom puking until his girlfriend dragged him home. Good times 🙂
Shortly after his death, Glenn Beck auctioned off his signed copy of American Sniper and raised $16,000 for Chris’ wife, Taya. As soon as I heard this, I got in touch with Glenn, sent him a copy Chris had signed for me, and we raised another $16,000 for Taya.
This week, Larry is doing another fund raiser in Minneapolis. On the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th Chris and one or more other SEALs (depending on the night) are hosting a $75/seat fundraiser/showing of American Sniper. They’ll be giving a presentation on BUD/S and the SEALs before the movie, showing the movie, and then doing a question and answer session afterwards. There are only 1,000 available seats and Larry told me at breakfast yesterday that they were down to about 50. Proceeds will go to the Chris Kyle Foundation. If you’re in the Minneapolis area on the 29th (the rest are sold out) or have the ability to be, here is the link: http://sniperevent.com/
For more information on retired Navy SEAL, Larry Yatch and the Concealed Carry Masters Course, go >HERE< We’ll be donating 20% of sales through this link to the Chris Kyle Foundation along with the proceeds from the movie showings.