Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced his plan to declare Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” in the state.
“American Sniper” Chris Kyle had the most confirmed kills in military history. He was fatally shot at a gun range in 2013.
Read the press release and his speech below:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today addressed the Texans Veterans of Foreign Affairs (VFW) Mid-Winter Convention where he outlined his plan to improve infrastructure, job training, educational opportunities and healthcare access for Texas veterans and military families. In honor of fallen Navy SEAL and American hero Chris Kyle, Governor Abbott also announced his intent to officially declare February 2nd Chris Kyle Day in the state of Texas.
“America is the brightest beacon of freedom the world has ever known for one simple reason – because of you – our veterans, the men and women who put service above self,” Governor Abbott said. “As Governor, I will constantly work to find ways to help our veterans. It’s our duty to help those who helped make America so exceptional. And it’s our duty to honor those whose sacrifice has preserved our freedom.”
Governor Abbott’s VFW Speech:
*Gov. Abbott often deviates from prepared remarks.
It’s an honor to be here with all of you who’ve served our country. America is the brightest beacon of freedom the world has ever known for one simple reason – because of you – our veterans, the men and women who put service above self.
My extended family looks a lot like this crowd today – they’ve served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. My brother Gary served 20 years in the United States Navy and served in the Persian Gulf at the same time as you, Roy. I’ve seen firsthand the sacrifice you and your families have made.
In times of war and in times of peace, heroes among us have stepped forward. You are those heroes. You stood in the face of dangers known and unknown and protected us from threats from around the world. You sacrificed so much, asked for so little in return, other than the freedom you fought do defend. On behalf of all Texans, I want to thank you for your commitment to our country.
Texans have played a powerful role in defending this nation. More than a million have served. Many more have trained and lived on military installations in the Lone Star State. And today, Texas is the proud home to almost two million veterans, active-duty military, Reserve & National Guard and their families.
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