Updated at: 02/26/2013 7:08 PM
(AP) DALLAS - The parents of the man accused of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle on a Texas gun range are publicly thanking the celebrated sniper for helping their son deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The mother of Eddie Ray Routh said Tuesday she and her husband want others with PTSD "to know their struggle is recognized."
In a statement, Jodi Routh also expressed hope that the tragedy will "somehow help in getting care and assistance for those in need."
Eddie Ray Routh is charged with a capital murder count and two murder counts stemming from the killings of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield on Feb. 2.
The 25-year-old Routh has been described as a troubled vet who was hospitalized for mental problems.
Kyle wrote the best-selling book "American Sniper."
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