HONORING GOD, COUNTRY, AND FAMILIES WHO SERVE

Chicago to Honor Chris Kyle with April Gala

The second annual Chicago Gala to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation will be held on April 14th, 2018 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The Gala has been designed as a key 2018 fundraiser for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation – a foundation dedicated to serving military and first responder marriages. The Foundation was launched in honor of American Sniper Chris Kyle by his wife, Taya following his murder five years ago to carry on his legacy. In line with the work Chris was doing with those who served before his death in 2013, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation carries through on his vision of providing experiences for military and first responder couples aimed at enhancing their marriages and providing an environment for those marriages to thrive. Statistically, service marriages result in a far higher divorce rate than those of non-service marriages, with the rigors of serving in military or first responder units taking their toll at home. In announcing the Gala, Taya Kyle highlighted the work in Chicago that first responder units do in protecting the city and the high population of military service veterans in and around Illinois. “We’re excited to be heading back to Chicago and cementing the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Gala on the April calendar in Chicago,” said Ms. Kyle. “We’ll be using the event give back to the community, by providing experiences to military and first responder couples in the area. “It is no secret that especially the first responders in Chicago have been under a lot of pressure over recent times – but as they do – they continue... Read More

Chicago Gala set to Honor Chris Kyle

Chicago Gala set to Honor Chris Kyle The second annual Chicago Gala to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation will be held on April 14th, 2018 in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The Gala has been designed as a key 2018 fundraiser for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation – a foundation dedicated to serving the marriages of those who serve us in the military and first responder communities. The Foundation was launched in honor of American Sniper Chris Kyle by his wife, Taya following his murder five years ago. In line with the work Chris was doing with those who served before his death in 2013, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation provides experiences for military and first responder couples, with the aim of allowing their marriages to thrive. Statistically, service marriages have a far higher failure rate than those of non-service marriages, with the rigors of serving in military or first responder units taking their toll at home. In announcing the Gala, Taya Kyle highlighted the work in Chicago that first responder units do in protecting the city, along with the high population of military service veterans in and around Illinois. “We’re excited to be heading back to Chicago and cementing the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Gala on the April calendar there,” said Ms. Kyle. “We’ll be using the event to give back to the community, by providing experiences to service couples through the event. “It is no secret that especially the first responders in Chicago have been under a lot of pressure over recent times – but as they do – they continue to turn up, proudly, to protect their city and its... Read More

‘You have given my wife and I a priceless gift’ – Levi and Danielle

‘You have given my wife and I a priceless gift’ – Levi and Danielle Like many Americans, the events of September 11, 2001 sparked a fire in Levi Stuart. While there was great sadness and horror at the events that unfolded on that perfect spring morning in New York, Philadelphia and Washington – there was also unprecedented levels of national pride, patriotism and looking out for your neighbor. Levi – a country boy growing up on a ranch in Montana, who had the values of hard work and honesty drilled into him from an early age – was motivated to become a Marine. “I instantly knew (after September 11) that I was going to be a Marine,” explained Levi. “I knew I was going to put college on hold, hang up my bull riding spurs and put the saddle back in the tack room. “All I wanted to do was put my boot into the backside of the insurgency.” Enlisting as a young man, Levi was quickly deployed. He was also in a relationship with Danielle who was proving to be his rock after the things he saw were having an effect on him. After his second deployment – at the tender age of just 20 – they married. “She was my saving grace and brought me back from some of the struggles I was facing,” said Levi.  “She was especially there for me for me during my additional three deployments I went on after we married.  Danielle taught me how to be human again and put to rest some of the demons I had.  My little Montana girl that would go anywhere with me. “A lot of days I am dumbfounded that... Read More

“To spend a day with my wife was so special to us, we don’t get to do it too often.”

“To spend a day with my wife was so special to us, we don’t get to do it too often.” When you think Las Vegas, NV you think the bright lights of The Strip, crazy hotels, good times and chancing your arm at a Casino. It’s a place of guilty pleasures and escapism. You certainly don’t see it as becoming the home of America’s worst gun tragedy. Sadly, on October 1, 2017, it was exactly that when a gunman opened fire from a hotel on an open air concert. Many off-duty first responders at the concert were hailed for their bravery in stepping in to help those in the firing line, putting their own bodies on the line and their own significant others at risk. The first responders that were serving at the event on the night and the city in the days and weeks directly after the event had to wade through the uncertainty to secure and re-assure the community. Soon after, through a partnership with America’s leading mobile hydraulic and industrial hose supplier – PIRTEK USA – and NHRA Mello Yello Series front runner, Steve Torrence, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation had the opportunity to provide experiences to Police Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at the Fall round of the NHRA held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s The Strip. The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation’s Date Night Out program gives couples that serve either in military or first responder units the chance to experience time off and allow someone else to serve. CKFF has found since implementing Date Night Out that most of the couples that take part haven’t had time off – in many cases – for years. LVMPD Officer Richard and his Wife... Read More

CKFF & its service couples recommend ResortQuest for Northwest Florida vacations

CKFF & its service couples recommend ResortQuest for Northwest Florida vacations Northwest Florida offers more than sugar-white sand and crystal-clear waters that many travelers yearn for. It is the perfect blend of unique culture, cuisine and adventure. With a wide variety of outdoor activities, watersports, shops and restaurants in the area, Northwest Florida provides an unforgettable experience year-round. From the culture of downtown Pensacola to the family-friendly beaches of Destin, to the gorgeous scenery of 30A and South Walton, all the way to action-packed Panama City Beach, Northwest Florida is a melting pot of opportunity and excitement. With over 2,500 individually-owned units in Northwest Florida alone, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides the perfect accommodations to complement the beautiful area. Plan a large family vacation in one of our elegant beach homes, go on a spontaneous adventure with your closest friends in one of our popular resorts, or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway in a beach-front condominium just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. Each property offers exceptional and unique amenities, allowing you to be completely at-ease during your beach vacation. Take advantage of the festivals and events that occur along the Gulf coast, each town boasting unique traditions. Experience Pensacola with the Blue Angels Air Show or the famous “Umbrella Sky Project” during the annual Foo Foo Festival. Travel to Okaloosa Island and Destin for unforgettable festivals such as the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo and the multitude of festivals featuring the famous local cuisine. Familiarize yourself with the culture and incredible adventures of South Walton and Scenic Highway 30A, boasting local restaurants with unparalleled cuisine. Lastly, head over to Panama City Beach and... Read More