Fox News Hires 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle's Wife as Contributor

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Taya Kyle is an advocate for military families.

The wife of late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose life story was the subject of the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper, has joined the ranks of Newt Gingrich and Judith Miller as a contributor to Fox News Channel.

Taya Kyle, founder of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, a support network for military families, "will provide military and family commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming," according to a statement Monday from the cable news channel.

Kyle made her first appearance as a contributor on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, weighing in on the debate about whether retired senior military officials should publicly endorse presidential candidates. Two retired generals who spoke at the DNC and RNC political conventions drew criticism from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, who said high-ranking officers should be kept "off the stage."

Kyle took issue with Dempsey's disapproval.

"These guys are retired," she said. "They spent their careers fighting for all of our right to freedom of speech, so I think once they're out, they should be the first in line to exercise their right to free speech."