We all know Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as the American Sniper — a real-life hero for the post-9/11 generation of warfighters. His exploits as a sharpshooter, larger-than-life love with his wife Taya, and untimely death at the hands of a fellow veteran have all the makings of a classic war epic: a legend.
Did he exaggerate his military accolades and distort his military record? Certainly. But history will likely forgive those lies because Kyle is, in some ways, the hero that modern-day service members need — an idealized version of everything a soldier could be.
Kyle has already been immortalized as a part of the collective experience of war, and thanks to mass media, he was interred into the annals of military history.