HONORING GOD, COUNTRY, AND FAMILIES WHO SERVE

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Awards $100,000 in Birthday Grants at the Second Annual Chris Kyle Birthday Bash

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Awards $100,000 in Birthday Grants at the Second Annual Chris Kyle Birthday Bash Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Awards $100,000 in Birthday Grants at the Second Annual Chris Kyle Birthday Bash Grants Support Programs for Military, Veteran and First Responder Marriages Fort Worth, Texas (May 11, 2017) – Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) hosted the Second Annual Chris Kyle Birthday Bash presented by Texas Ace Heating & Air on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Billy Bob’s Texas awarding grants to partner organizations UT Austin and Baylor University. The grants fortify the launch of the Foundation’s Master Your Marriage program at each respective university. The event welcomed hundreds of guests to honor the life of American Sniper Chris Kyle and to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation’s unique mission to support military, veteran, and first responder marriages. Military and first responder couples attended as part of the Foundation’s Date Night Out program, providing an evening of fun and fellowship to honor their service and sacrifice. “Events like this help us all remember that when one person serves, the whole family serves. These families have unique challenges and we are bringing them unique solutions,” says Taya Kyle, Chris’s wife and CKFF Executive Director. “Evil doesn’t stop, the threats against their marriages don’t stop, and neither do we at CKFF. Tonight we renewed our commitment to those who serve us.” she adds. Premiere event sponsors attended a VIP Reception which included an acoustic performance by Easton Corbin. Hosted by triple Superbowl winning Tight End, Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek, guests enjoyed stories of Chris and the song “Valor” by Scooter Brown Band’s Scott Brown, combat veteran Tank Machine gave the Pledge of Allegiance , and vocalist... Read More

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