Mom of slain Navy SEAL depicted in 'American Sniper' discusses movie

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The holidays can be tough for those who have lost a loved one, but one Valley mom who lost her son in Iraq spent the holidays organizing a blockbuster fundraiser around one of the most talked about new films, which features her son.

When "American Sniper" opens nationwide next month, alongside Bradley Cooper's character Chris Kyle will be his buddy and fellow SEAL, Marc Alan Lee.

Lee was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq in 2006.

"I am so proud of who he was and what he did not just in combat, but how he lived his life and of the sacrifice that he made," said his mom, Debbie Lee.

She started the America's Mighty Warriors organization to help veterans after her son died and became close friends with Kyle, who was the most lethal sniper in U.S. history.

"He was just like a son to me," Lee said about Kyle. "When he was murdered two years ago it was devastating. It was like I lost a second boy."

Kyle, who wrote the book the movie is based on, was allegedly murdered by a fellow veteran and now Hollywood is portraying the SEALs' story even showing a scene where Marc Lee dies.

"It was very difficult to watch, it was very emotional, but when you have heroes that did what they did, the sacrifices they make for our freedoms, their stories need to be told," Debbie Lee said.

And now Lee, Warner Bros. and Harkins Theaters are teaming up to give moviegoers here in the Valley a chance to see their story before it opens nationwide.

All the proceeds from the Jan. 15 event at the Scottsdale 101 Harkins will go to benefit Wounded Warriors through Lee's charity, which honors her son's last words in his final letter home.

"Marc's motto, the last line in his last letter home said, 'To my family and friends do me a favor pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life," Lee said.

Tickets for the Jan. 15 event can only be purchased online at www.americasmightywarriors.org.