2016 Holiday Grant to Camp Southern Ground

2016 Holiday Grant to Camp Southern Ground It is with great honor that we present our 2016 Holiday Grants, a total of $300,000 to three organizations that further expand our mission and commitment to serving military and first responder marriages and families. Last week, we announced $200,000 in Holiday Grants to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University and The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to help launch our new Mastering Your Marriage program. Today, my heart is full as I share with you the story of the third $100,000 recipient of our 2016 Holiday Grants – Camp Southern Ground. Camp Southern Ground is a state of the art campground built on a beautiful piece of property in Georgia where the grass is green, the trees are tall, and you can feel positive energy. Our friends Zac and Shelly Brown created Camp Southern Ground with heart and vision we trust. You can feel their passion for blessing others through this camp. Their patriotism is a big part of it. They have employed veterans and allowed us to name an obstacle course after Chris in honor of those who serve in addition to committing use of the camp for our marriage retreats and military children. Every detail has been designed for the health and therapeutic benefit for campers. Physical opportunities incorporate team building and exploration of new abilities. There is an organic garden for campers to learn about health and food. They tend to the garden and enjoy the food they pick prepared by top-notch chefs. Foods aren’t just gluten and dairy-free; they are delicious! I had the opportunity to meet Chef... Read More

“Punisher” Yukon Winner

“Punisher” Yukon Winner We were excited to welcome our raffle winner Richard (a veteran himself) and his family to Dallas, Texas earlier this month for the presentation of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation “Punisher” Yukon built by our friends at Complete Customs. During conversations with Richard prior to their trip to Dallas, we learned that he and his son are big fans of the reality TV show “Fast N’ Loud” filmed at the Gas Monkey Garage in the Dallas area. We invited Richard and his family to lunch at the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill to enjoy some good food and conversation with Taya and the team from Complete Customs. As a special surprise, Shaun (Complete Customs) coordinated a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gas Monkey Garage and set it up as the location for the presentation of the vehicle. Richard and his family were thrilled! Much gratitude to Shaun at Complete Customs for creating this one-of-kind vehicle and arranging an amazing reveal experience with Gas Monkey Garage.... Read More

The Choice to Love

The Choice to Love I once heard a pastor in a wedding ceremony say, “Sometimes in marriage, you will not feel ‘in love’. On those days you will choose to love.” In society today I feel like people want so much handed to them instead of accepting and appreciating the reward in working for something. We don’t get jobs and promotions simply by wishing it were so. We have to work to get the paycheck and ️sometimes we have to muscle through the times when we don’t want to work, but are expected to, in order to get the paycheck or the reward for our efforts. Marriage is no different. We don’t magically have a feeling that lasts for years without work. We don’t get years of uninterrupted bliss with another person. No marriage, no soulmates, no relationships, no two people cruise along without any effort for years on end. I was talking with some friends this weekend. They have been married for 20 years and she expressed how much she has grown by sticking through the hard times. It’s what most happily married people will tell you: it took work; with that work they grew much more than they ever would have alone. They achieved depth and richness in love that they wouldn’t have gotten if they had given up. When you work through difficulties, you find the true power of marriage. The beauty and the magic happen when you stay through the trials. In marriage, you have the ability to learn more about yourself and your partner than in just about any other adventure in life. You learn grace, mercy, forgiveness... 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

Warner Bros. Supports CKFF Indy 500 Veterans Pitcrew

Warner Bros. Supports CKFF Indy 500 Veterans Pitcrew MARCH 13, 2016 – ST PETERSBURG, FL: PIRTEK Team Murray and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation have created a unique program that will see six military service veterans and first responders from across North America molded into a pit crew for this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 celebrations in May. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) worked with Team Murray and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to create the concept and WBHE will be using the pit crew program to launch American Sniper: The Chris Kyle Commemorative Edition Blu-ray on May 3. The pit crew will be housed in Indianapolis for the 10 days leading up to the event and will be trained and coached by some of the sport’s leading fitness and movement professionals, including Pit Fit’s Jim Leo. Training complete, they will then be the entry crewing the PIRTEK Team Murray #61 Chevrolet entry into the TAG Heuer Pit Crew Challenge on Coors Lite Carb Day, Friday May 27, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The program was officially launched today by Kyle’s wife and PIRTEK Team Murray ambassador – Taya Kyle – at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida, the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Taya, the wife of Chris Kyle and best selling author of American Wife, was joined by PIRTEK Team Murray founder, Brett “Crusher” Murray, driver of the #61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet, Matt Brabham and former Navy SEAL, David Rutherford, who was announced as the first member of the CK Crew. Rutherford, who is based in Florida, served eight years in the Naval Special Warfare Community, leaving the services in... Read More