The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation team and Executive Director Taya Kyle traveled to Washington D.C. last month to advocate for military, veteran and first responder marriages and families. There we continued to and share our vision of thriving military, veteran, and first responder marriages and families and highlight the unique challenges they face.
2017 Joint Armed Forces of Washington Luncheon (JAFOWL)
Taya was honored to present the keynote address at the 2017 Joint Armed Forces of Washington Luncheon (JAFOWL). This annual event, established in 1977, promotes and celebrates the unity of military spouses from all five branches of service. Spouses listened as Taya shared her inspiring story and described how the unique programs provided by Chris Kyle Frog Foundation provide hope and support the cultivation of healthy and connected service marriages.
Past keynote speakers for JAFOWL have included President George W. Bush, Mrs. Michelle Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, First Lady Laura Bush, Gary Sinise, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, General Peter Pace, Ms. Katie Couric, and Mr. Tom Brokaw.
Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch, a former Army Major who leads initiatives to empower veterans by highlighting their strengths and leadership skills, strengthen communities across the country also the JAWFOWL event. It is always wonderful to connect and link arms with those working to improve the lives of those who serve, together we can do more!
U.S. Digital Services (USDS)
Taya and the Foundation were also invited to the White House to meet with the team at U.S. Digital Services (USDS), made up of some of the brightest young minds in the country. The mission of the USDS is to deliver better government services to the American people through technology and design. Each of them has chosen to serve tours of duty, working on the nation’s biggest technology challenges – many previously worked for companies such as Google and Facebook! Since they serve only a few years, they work hard and quickly to leave their mark to bring a fresh and diverse perspective to each issue.
Texas Senator John Cornyn
We also had the privilege to see our friend, Texas Senator John Cornyn. Taya and Sen. Cornyn (current Senate Majority Whip) discussed the issues facing military and first responder families and how the foundation is seeking to address these challenges through our programs to promote wellness for families that serve, potentially improving force readiness.