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Taya Kyle, widow of 'American Sniper' author, speaks to MN crowd

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More than 1,000 people packed St. Louis Park’s Beth El Synagogue Sunday night to hear Taya Kyle – the widow of "American Sniper" author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – speak about her experiences.

The 40-year-old touched on the challenges that veterans and their families deal with, and the "spirit of service," while also talking about standing up for what you believe in as an individual.

FOX 9 reports about 1,300 people were in attendance.

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Chris Kyle’s bestselling memoir, “American Sniper,” was the subject of a defamation case by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. And the movie, despite earning about $360 million through the first week of February, has been the subject of criticism – about whether the Navy SEAL was portrayed in the correct light.

But Taya Kyle told USA Today in December the film is an accurate representation of what she and her husband went through following his return from the Middle East.

"I left feeling like a weight had been lifted," she said of seeing it for the first time. "It's an authentic, genuine look at two people who love each other and what our veterans go through and what they carry ... how they take their home life to the battlefield and take the battlefield home."

Chris Kyle was killed while on a Texas gun range two years ago.

A fellow veteran, Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh, was at the range that day and is charged with killing Kyle, as well as another man. His trial starts Wednesday. The Dallas Morning News notes he confessed to pulling the trigger after the events, and is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

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