It’s no secret that I have a deep affection for the military and those in law enforcement, as you’ve read about in my novels. After writing BLIND RETRIBUTION, that passion became even stronger and I knew I had to do something. After much research, I found the perfect cause–the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, and for every copy of BLIND RETRIBUTION SOLD, I am donating a percentage of my royalties to them.
Of all the organizations out there, this Foundation is the one that captured my heart because of stories like the one below. By purchasing a copy of BLIND RETRIBUTION, http://a.co/2yzva8b whether digital or paperback, you are helping me donate to a worthy cause and I thank you!
Meet Jonathan and Kylie.
Jonathan is a police officer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and an active member of his department’s SWAT team. Our adventure with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation began when we received an invitation to attend a Birthday Bash to celebrate Chris Kyle’s life, as well as honoring the military and first responders.
Because of the nature of his work, Jonathan usually avoids situations where he is might be recognized, but I managed to convince him to think of it as an opportunity to have a weekend away. We made hotel reservations near the event and planned an entire weekend around it. Little did we know that this event, and the others that followed, would change our lives forever.
We weren’t sure about what to expect when we got there, but we were overwhelmed by the deep passion Taya and the other speakers demonstrated. It was amazing! When the weekend concluded, we left feeling inspired to focus more time and energy on strengthening our relationship.
Being grateful for the opportunity, I felt a strong desire to help the Foundation in any way I could. I emailed CKFF and expressed our appreciation for being invited to the party and offered to help serve the cause. It wasn’t long before I received a response from Taya asking if we could chat on the phone. Needless to say, I was very excited about the opportunity to get plugged in and help. Much to my surprise, Taya informed me that Jonathan and I had been selected for a Rejuvenation Retreat! I couldn’t believe it and knew Jonathan was going to need a better explanation about why we were selected!
When Jonathan got on the phone to speak to Taya, he told her he didn’t think we could accept the invitation because he felt there were others more deserving than us. That’s when Taya explained the mission of the Foundation and the goal to provide experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages, not just for the couple, but their families as well. We excitedly accepted the invitation, especially the opportunity to get away. We’d been married for nearly 5 years and except for our honeymoon, we hadn’t been away.
After arriving in Charleston, we’d heard political tensions were on the rise and a protest was scheduled to take place in downtown Dallas. That first night, Jonathan began receiving text messages and phone calls telling him multiple officers had been ambushed during the protest and the attack was ongoing. Jonathan immediately turned on the national news and watched the coverage in attempt to hear something about his friends and confirm their status.
We stayed up late that night because we were overcome with a gamut of emotions. The next morning, Jonathan got word that his closest friends were okay, but five other officers had been killed. Although Jonathan was physically in Charleston, I knew his heart was in Dallas. We discussed going back home, but ultimately chose to stay. We were there for a wonderful cause, and I’m glad we did because being together at a time during so much turmoil, it evoked an opportunity to express deep emotions through conversations that connected us in a way we hadn’t in a very long time. We returned home with a heavy heart but a renewed love and appreciation for one another.
We are extremely thankful to the CKFF for the opportunities they provide, and if it hadn’t been for those who donate to the Foundation, it wouldn’t have been possible for us and many others like us.
A few months later, we received another invitation through the Foundation. But this time, the emphasis was on the wives! I was so excited especially since Jonathan was able to work out his schedule. Until now, I hadn’t realized how important it was to have friendships with other wives who were going through the same things as me. We made some wonderful lasting friendships that weekend that I know will last a lifetime. And the Spousal Retreat, well, it provided me with time for personal reflection, as well as ways to strengthen our relationship even farther.
I will be forever thankful to the CKFF for the opportunities they’ve extended to us, and others. When we began this journey, we thought our marriage was typical for this tumultuous world in law enforcement, but with the help of these programs, it has shown us another way–a stronger, much deeper way to live and love.
Every day, more and more programs are being developed by the CKFF that provide opportunities for couples who need more in-depth and prolonged assistance. We are confident that the Mastering your Marriage program will provide a major outreach and care for deserving couples in need, and further the capabilities of the Foundation to accomplish their mission! Thank you to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for being a part of our lives!