What was Rep. Ron Paul thinking? I read the news coverage surrounding Paul's callous and inane comments about the death of a decorated Navy SEAL at the hands of another veteran with utter and complete disbelief. I knew Chris Kyle, he was a friend and brother of mine. A Navy veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who received no less than seven heroism awards by serving as a sniper in combat saving hundreds of American, Coalition and Iraqi lives is murdered at a gun range in Texas, and Paul says this via tweet on Tuesday: "Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that 'he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense." Implicit in this statement is that it's OK now to murder our nation's vets. It would be deserved, just desserts. Chris certainly didn't deserve to die this way, and we can only wonder what demons the man who shot him was battling. Some of us recent combat veterans struggle to make sense of our experiences and newfound realities. But there is one constant. We live each day for our fellow veterans and are tightly connected by our shared sacrifices. Paul should apologize to Chris' memory, his family, his friends and we his brother and sister soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
Dakota Meyer is a Medal of Honor winner and a Kentuckian.