Three former Navy SEALs endorsed Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s candidacy for governor Friday during a campaign stop in Cape Girardeau.

Kinder, a Cape Girardeau native, said he was “humbled” to be endorsed by former SEALs Miguel Yanez, Jake Zweig and Jaren Ogden.

The Republican candidate told a crowd of more than 40 people at the local VFW hall it’s not every day “a boy from Southeast Missouri gets to return home in the company of three genuine, true American heroes.”