(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, introduced a bill on Thursday that would call for President Obama to posthumously award “American Sniper” Chris Kyle with the Medal of Honor.
Kyle, the Navy Seal on whom the movie American Sniper was based, “gave the ultimate sacrifice and served his nation with distinction and bravery while saving countless American lives,” Williams said in a release. “There is no doubt that this true American hero is worth of our nation’s highest military honor.”
Kyle served four tours in Iraq and is credited with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history.
After leaving the military in 2009, Kyle had worked with wounded veterans, including spending time with them on the shooting range. On Feb. 2, 2013, Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield took former Marine Eddie Ray Routh to a shooting range, where Routh fatally shot and killed them both.
Routh was found guilty of capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
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