The 2nd Annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit & Auction Continues United States Navy SEAL and Best Selling Author's Efforts in Support of Veterans

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The 2nd Annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit & Auction is being held May 1 - 3, 2015, in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. Weekend events include Sporting Clays Shoot, Rodeo, Live Music, Live Auction, and a 'The Legend' Official National Workout of the Day / WOD with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting United States Veterans.

Heroes will always be remembered.

The mission of the 2015 Keg 1 O'Neal Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit & Auction presented by Tarter Farm & Ranch is to continue the efforts of CPO Chris Kyle, U.S. Navy SEAL by keeping with his motto, "It is our duty to serve those who serve us." 100% of the net proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit Guardian for Heroes Foundation (formerly Heroes Project), which was founded by Chris in 2011. Guardian for Heroes Foundation provides free, in-home fitness equipment, facilitation of donated health club memberships, individualized programs, personal training, and life coaching to in-need Veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) from combat deployment.

This event is put together by Chris' parents, Wayne & Deby Kyle; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff & Amy Kyle; a patriotic advisory board; and some incredible sponsors - including Keg 1 O'Neal, Tarter Farm & Ranch, Bass Pro Shops, Gibson Guitar, Road Armor, Texas Elite Tactical Academy, Firing Line, Liquid Eyewear, Firestone & Robertson Distilling, Choctaw Casino & Resort, Ryan Smith Home Selling Team, and more. 'From Cowboy Boots to Combat Boots…' Chris Kyle's dreams were to be a cowboy and a Navy SEAL. He accomplished both with a determination that is rarely seen. His service to his beloved country is a testament to his determination, fortitude, conviction, and warrior spirit.

The first weekend in May events include 'The Legend' Official Nationwide Workout of the Day presented by Demonbells, two nights of rodeo action at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Bass Pro Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit Sporting Clays competition being held at Alpine Shooting Range, and highlighted by a Saturday night Dinner / Auction at the River Ranch Stockyards. Immediately following the auction, guests will be treated to Live Music from Patten & Goff, Scooter Brown Band, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks, and Andy Griggs. Following the rodeo Friday night, guests can join the festivities back at the River Ranch Stockyards for Live Music from Mark Collie, Moe Bandy, Johnny Lee, and Madison Rising.

Registration for 'The Legend' Nationwide WOD is free, but 'The Legend' WOD t-shirts, and other event apparel, can be purchased at the CKMBA event website to support the cause. Local Fort Worth CrossFit gym CrossFit Iron Horse is playing host to the WOD event. Entry for the Bass Pro Shops Chris Kyle Memorial Sporting Clays event can be made on the CKMBA event website as well. Entry for individuals is $150 per person, or $600 for a 4 person team. Stockyards Rodeo Tickets can be purchased from the Stockyards Championship Rodeo website for both Friday & Saturday night. A limited number of Dinner / Auction tickets are available for purchase on the CKMBA website for $250 each. Lodging is available at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth - Fossil Creek, Hyatt Place Stockyards, or the Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Chris Kyle

Christopher Scott Kyle (April 8, 1974 - February 2, 2013) was born to parents, Wayne and Deby Kyle. He has a younger brother, Jeff who is a Marine Corps Veteran - serving from 2000 to 2008. Before entering the Navy, he attended Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas where he rode bucking horses and worked ranches in that same area. A debilitating arm injury from rodeo competition almost cut his hopes of becoming a Navy SEAL, but in true Kyle fashion, he persevered and graduated BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL) with Class 233.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much, they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil"} and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow Teammates, Marines, and other military soldiers and airmen, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

Chief Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and other clandestine operations for the United States Navy and Marines. For his unrelenting bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, as well as one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs awarded him with the Grateful Nation Award. He was shot twice, survived multiple helicopter crashes and was involved in six IED attacks.

Following his combat deployments, he became Chief Instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter Sniper teams. In addition, Kyle authored the Naval Special Warfare Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual and devoted much of his spare time helping disabled Veterans.

Gripping and unforgettable, Chris's masterful account of his incredible battlefield experiences in the New York Times bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History" ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time, and has since been turned into an Oscar Nominated feature film, 'American Sniper.'

Before his untimely passing in 2013, Chris was a devoted son, brother, husband and father in North Texas, as well as continuing his efforts to helping Veterans re-acclimate to civilian life and combat stress carried home.

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