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Texas Gov. Abbott Declares 'Chris Kyle Day'

By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 08:15 PM

Gov. Greg Abbott declared Monday "Chris Kyle Day" in the state of Texas in honor of the late U.S. military sniper.

Abbott told Fox News he decided to honor Kyle, who killed 160 militants during multiple combat tours in Iraq, because "he's an American hero."

"He had the guts to stand up and defend this country," Abbott said before issuing a proclamation in Kyle's honor at noon in Austin.

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Abbott announced his decision to honor Kyle, hero of the blockbuster movie "American Sniper," at a Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention held Friday in the state capital.

His announcement was greeted with a standing ovation.

Abbott on Monday called Kyle "the face of a legion of warriors who have led the mightiest military in the history of the world."

Meanwhile the White House is being inundated with petitions urging that Kyle be awarded the Medal of Honor.

One such petition urges that Kyle be given a posthumous award for "his four tours to Iraq which saved hundreds and possibly thousands of US soldiers' lives."

The Daily Signal reports that one such petition currently has approximately 6,000 signatures The White House is required to respond once a petition receives 100,000 signatures.

During Kyle's time in Iraq, Iraqi jihadists put a $20,000 bounty on his head and give him the nickname al-Shaitan, or "The Devil," the New York Daily News reports.

Kyle survived the Iraq war, receiving 14 different awards and decorations, including two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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After surviving the war, Kyle was shot to death two years ago Monday along with a friend, Chad Littlefield, at a shooting range near Fort Worth, Texas, allegedly by a deranged veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Eddie Ray Routh is scheduled to go on trial this month in connection with the killings.

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