HONORING GOD, COUNTRY, AND FAMILIES WHO SERVE

2015 Holiday Grant Review – Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S)

2015 Holiday Grant Review – Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) A $50,000 CKFF 2015 Holiday Grant recipient, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S) was organized in 1984 and today its membership of 30,000 families includes spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. has more than 50 chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level to ensure that surviving families are supported in their efforts to build a life after losing a law enforcement family member. Our grant found their 2016 Siblings Retreat. C.O.P.S. Siblings Retreat is for surviving siblings and their spouse/domestic partner (21 years or older) of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.... Read More

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Strengthens Commitment to Support Military and First Responder Marriages Through Research-Based Partnerships

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Strengthens Commitment to Support Military and First Responder Marriages Through Research-Based Partnerships $200,000 in Holiday Grants awarded to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to fund evidence-based marital and mental health counseling programs for military and first responder marriages Midlothian, Texas (December 21, 2016) – The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, dedicated to honoring God, Country and Families Who Serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families, today announced $200,000 in Holiday Grants to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and The University of Texas (UT) at Austin School of Social Work to help launch the foundation’s Mastering Your Marriage program. Rooted in military and first responder marital and mental health research, this program expands the work started with the Foundation’s signature Revitalization Retreats. This new program encompasses an orientation weekend where couples will first pledge to transform their marriages, undergo baseline assessments, followed by a sustained 6-month curriculum that will include relationship-coaching provided by nationally known leaders in marriage, communications and trauma response, as well as ongoing support by graduate level clinicians-in-training. These partnerships represent significant progress in realizing the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation’s strategic vision of expanding its impact as the Foundation grows. Both universities have nationally recognized graduate social work programs, with research missions that are in line with the values and work of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. The program at Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University centers around the integration of faith and practice—preparing professional social workers in a Christian context for global service and leadership. The... Read More

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Expands Programming Through Grant From The Moody Foundation

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Expands Programming Through Grant From The Moody Foundation The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, dedicated to honoring God, Country and families who serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families, is humbled and honored to receive a $100,000 grant from The Moody Foundation in support of future programming.  The grant, paid out over the next two years, will help launch the foundation’s Mastering Your Marriage program slated for a pilot launch in 2017. Mastering Your Marriage will provide military and first responder marriages a level of support not currently available.  The program will encompass an orientation weekend for married couples who pledge to transform their marriages by committing to a 6-month curriculum that will include coaching provided by subject-matter-experts, and support by clinicians in training. The clinician aspect is significant, as these clinicians also will use Mastering Your Marriage as an opportunity to learn more about the unique challenges faced by families who serve. “We are incredibly grateful to our friends at The Moody Foundation for their generous support of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation,” said Taya Kyle, executive director, Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. “Our goal with this new program is to change the landscape of support for military and first responder marriages by transforming the clinicians who are on the front lines of healing the invisible wounds of service.  Mastering Your Marriage rounds out our existing programs by engaging both the couples we serve as well as the mental health practitioners who support these families in an entirely new way. Our long term vision includes evidence-based research that the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation can share nationally.“ Since its inception on Veteran’s Day... Read More

Empowered Spouses Retreat Launch

Empowered Spouses Retreat Launch Recently, one of my dreams came true in the mountains of Wyoming. Twenty first-responder and military spouses from across the country set their lives aside to venture into the wilderness for a brand new program they knew little about, the Empowered Spouses Retreat. They were prepared to commune with women they didn’t know and to engage in activities unfamiliar to them. These women are brave in every sense of the word. Many had previously been part of another unique program we offer, Revitalization Retreats. These events are tailor-made for individual couples that provide a weekend away with their spouse without the stresses of service life. I would like to think some of these spouses trusted our team from experiences with our other programs, but this adventure still required tremendous courage. Just showing up was courageous. (Did I mention there was no cell phone reception and very little Wi-Fi access?) Many of these brave women had never been away from their children for longer than a few hours, and certainly most had never left them for five days to travel to an area where they couldn’t be reached! Our destination was remote and our accommodations were cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Truly like a really cool summer camp, but for grown women. When Chris was alive, I had a dream of bringing spouses together to share their experiences and to support each other. Knowing you aren’t alone in your battles can be one of the most healing things a person can experience. Just knowing that someone might have answers and is willing to share them with you, knowing... Read More

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to Honor Those Who Serve at the Chris Kyle Birthday Bash

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to Honor Those Who Serve at the Chris Kyle Birthday Bash Warner Bros. to gift DVDs along with previously announced $150,000 donation to the foundation. More than 200 Texas military and first responder couples to experience a special “Date Night Out” featuring veteran, country music star and TV personality Craig Morgan. Midlothian, Texas (March 29, 2016) – The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, dedicated to serving military and first responders through meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships will be celebrating the life of Navy Seal Chris Kyle at Dallas’ famed Gilley’s on April 9, 2016. The event, which takes place the day after Chris Kyle’s birthday, is the launch of the foundation’s “Date Night Out” programming for military and first responder couples and will be supported by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Warner Bros.). The evening, a gift from the foundation to families who serve, will include special salutes from Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Executive Director Taya Kyle and entertainment by veteran, country music star and TV personality Craig Morgan. In addition, the foundation will present its 2016 Chris Kyle Birthday Grants to organizations that have a deep commitment to serving the children of military and first responder families. The 2016 Chris Kyle Birthday Grants recipients include Camp Southern Ground ($100,000), Camp COPE ($25,000) and the Erik Hite Foundation ($25,000). These grants further the foundation’s mission of enriching family relationships by focusing on children. This is a natural complement to Chris Kyle Frog Foundation’s programming that focuses on military and first responder marriages. “Chris’ birthday is an opportunity for us to honor his open and generous heart through many gifts to our constituents,” said Taya Kyle. “Not only are we blessed... Read More