Sniper’s foundation remaining silent until after funerals

Chris Kyle

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A foundation to help returning veterans that was backed by Chris Kyle will launch a renewed effort to battle post-traumatic stress disorder following his funeral.

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 12:08 PM

DALLAS — FITCO Cares, the Carrollton-based foundation that helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, told News 8 it is respecting the wishes of Chris Kyle’s family and remaining silent until after his funeral.

Kyle, who was murdered at an Erath County gun range on Saturday, founded the Carrollton-based organization to help veterans who live with PTSD.

“The need for awareness about PTSD is almost as important as the brave men and women who return from combat living with it,” said Travis Cox, the foundation’s director, in a statement to News 8. “Chris knew this, was passionate about helping those with it, and following his procession, we intend to carry that legacy to fight it. And  we need everyone’s help to do it.”

Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is charged with felony murder in the shooting deaths of Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, Saturday afternoon on a gun range at Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose. 

Routh — who investigators said suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder — was receiving some sort of help for it from Kyle when the former Marine turned a semi-automatic handgun on Kyle and Littlefield, investigators said.

Kyle was a Navy SEAL sniper who fought in every major battle of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is credited with more than 150 confirmed kills of insurgents.

After Kyle’s funeral, Cox said FITCO Cares plans a big push to put PTSD in the spotlight.

“At that time, the FITCO Cares Foundation Heroes Project will begin discussing this important cause nationally," Cox added. "Hope we can count on our friends and supporters across the country to make Chris’ dream a reality.”

Littlefield’s funeral is planned for later this week.

No arrangements have yet been announced for Chris Kyle.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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