Actor Bradley Cooper landed in Dallas, TX to be a part of the Red Carpet Premiere for “American Sniper” to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. I was invited to take part in the event, which was absolute pandemonium from the second the celebrity walked in the front doors through a line of military veterans. He was accompanied by Taya Kyle, the widow of the soldier whose life the movie is based on.
“American Sniper” tells the true story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.”
However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
The aim of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is to provide meaningful, interactive experiences to service members, first responders and their families, aimed at enriching their family relationships. Its goal is to help the members, first responders and their families work through many of the difficulties he and Taya had experienced post-deployment. The pressures that come naturally with carrying out service to our country can lead to a negative ripple effect among family units, which flows into the communities within which they serve, work, and live.
Cooper and Kyle greeted veterans and fans as they hurriedly made their way down the red carpet amidst a sea of photographers. The two made a few stops along the way to answer brief questions about their involvement in the making of the movie and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. A few onlookers were lucky enough to get a photo or autograph from Cooper and Kyle’s widow before they headed into the packed auditorium to introduce the film.
You can see the interviews and introductions for “American Sniper" right here.
Pictures of the event can be found here.
For more information on the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, you can visit the official website.