FP: You now run a military contracting firm that helps train the next generation of American snipers. What kinds of values and skills do you try to instill in your trainees?
CK: I can’t discuss tactics with a civilian but what I can say is that we try to make sure that they learn professional discipline. A lot of the guys who come for training already have combat experience. They already have many of the skills. What we try to do is to make sure they become even more proficient at what they do and they do the right thing when its required.
FP: Do you follow the success of Seal Team Six, which killed Osama Bin Laden and which just launched a successful raid on Somali pirates, and if so what do you think of their work?
CK: It’s awesome. They did an amazing job rescuing the hostages. SEALS are bad-asses and this is the kind of thing that they do day-to-day. I’m sure there is a lot more that the public will never hear about. I’m sure they didn’t even want this hostage rescue story to get out. But it’s a great reminder of what the SEALs are trained to do and what they’re capable of.
FP: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
CK: I wrote this book not just to tell my story but to tell the story of the hardship that our men and uniform face as well as the hardships their families back home face. People always say that they want to give back to the troops but they’re not sure how. I think the best thing they can do is to perform random acts of kindness. Mow a soldier’s yard. Babysit for them while they go out to dinner or out on a date. Sometimes they can’t do those things. Sometimes they don’t have time to go out or they can’t take a nap. Help them out, even if it’s in a small way. I can tell you that goes much further than just going up to them and saying thank you.
FP: Chris Kyle, on behalf of Front Page Magazine and our readers, thank you for your time and for your heroic service to our country.
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