Chris Kyle is perhaps most widely known as the most lethal sniper in United States Military History, but the title and number were not something Chris enjoyed. Chris was a humble man who only wrote his autobiography, American Sniper because others were writing a book about him. In doing it himself, he knew he would be able to give credit to those he served with. Chris always said the number he was most interested in, was the number of lives he saved. Chris and his wife, Taya Kyle experienced their own trials as individuals and as a couple. They were blessed to know many other couples in both the military and first responder community. The issues these marriages and individuals face are strikingly similar. Men and women who fight the evils of the world typically accept that their personal sacrifices are inextricably linked with their service. The camaraderie amongst those with hearts for service, led Chris and Taya to their discussions of how to continue serving those who serve America. Chris made the difficult decision to get out of the military to save their marriage. He was raised an All-American cowboy who loved God, his family and his country. After eleven years of combat deployments, the time came to choose between his marriage and war. He chose his family. But, Chris and Taya both knew, serving others was part of who they were. They had to find a new way to serve. In 2012, the autobiographical book American Sniper was released. Chris was one of a kind and so is the story of his life. The inclusion of his wife Taya’s point of view made the book even more relatable reaching an even wider audience. It quickly soared to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List and remained on the list over 40 weeks. At the time of Chris’s death, he was working on his second book, American Gun. This was a book Chris was very passionate about. It combined his love of American History, with his passion for the tools our service members in the military and police have used over time. The tools – the guns – have changed over time. It turns out the humanity and sacrifice has not. Taya Kyle, with Harper Collins William Morrow brought American Gun to the public in May 2013 where it also rose to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List. In December 2014, the major motion picture adaptation of American Sniper was released. Sharing the same name as the book, American Sniper is directed by the masterful Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper in what may be his best work to date as Chris Kyle. Sienna Miller is a powerful presence in the movie playing Taya. In the movie, audiences may see Chris’s tattoos. One on his right shoulder blade of a frog skeleton honoring his fallen SEAL brothers who went before him, and one of a cross on his left arm. At the time of his death, he was working with graphic designers to have his tattoos combined into a logo he could use as his stamp of approval for all of the things he was being asked to endorse. It is this logo with a cross through the right eye for his fallen brother, Ryan Job that represents the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
Taya Kyle is the driving force behind and Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Determined to continue Chris’s legacy of service, and their joint passion for helping others, Taya has built the foundation on the spirit she and Chris shared. With the help of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Team, she has created an interconnected network of families and organizations that will continue to assist marriages and families of our service members in unique and powerful ways. A woman of strength, Taya is an inspirational leader who is seen as familiar face as well as a leader in bringing understanding and comfort with the fight for military and first responder marriages and families. One of the main tenets of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is the undeniable truth: when one person serves in the military, police, fire or paramedic unit, the entire family serves. Taya Kyle is an American Daughter, American Mom, and an American Wife who will continue to forge ahead with Chris’s spirit and their joint passion to use whatever gifts they have to make the world a better place. It is our honor and commitment to serve those who serve us by honoring GOD, Country, and Families who serve. GOD Bless All of You! United We Stand!