WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today introduced the Act, a bill that would authorize and request the president to award the posthumously to Navy Seal Christopher Scott Kyle for acts of valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“Chris gave the ultimate sacrifice and served his nation with distinction and bravery while saving countless American lives,” said Williams. “There is no doubt that this true American hero is worthy of our nation’s highest military honor. While the will not bring back a husband, father, son and a model Texan, we owe and his family a great deal of gratitude for his relentless devotion to his country.”
Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq, is credited with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history. He was murdered on February 2, 2013.
Since it was first presented in 1863, the has been awarded 3,507 times.
According to the Congressional Research Service, “On a number of occasions, legislation has been offered to waive certain restrictions and to encourage the president to award the to particular individuals.”
I think he has an incredible record, but at no time until some politico came up with the idea, have I heard that he deserved the Medal of Honor. I am extremely reluctant to vote in favor of a medal for valor being instigated by a politician.
Too, his “ultimate sacrifice” didn’t come about in a combat situation so is very close to irrelevant.