Taya Kyle

Taya Kyle knows adversity. Since the tragic death of her husband Chris, who was a Navy SEAL, world-renowned marksman and best selling author of the book (the basis for the popular movie)  “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History,” Taya has taken the lessons she has learned through her experiences with him and made it her personal mission to help others by sharing.

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Chris Kyle

Taya was on hand at The Home Front Care’s annual fundraising dinner at the Broadmoor Hotel on Friday night. THFC provides assistance to Colorado service members, veterans and their families. She formed an instant camaraderie with guests–especially the Gold Star wives in attendance–because she can identify with loss, grief, feelings of helplessness and loneliness. She is living proof that no matter how bad things may seem in the darkest hour, it is possible to come out of that tunnel and shine.

Taya has written a book of her own: “American Wife.” She has become an accomplished leader and speaker about the challenges facing veterans, first responders and their families. “I believe in paying it forward,” she said. “One small act of kindness can mean the world to someone. We’ve lived it. My family has benefitted from it and we try to do the same for others.”

The Home Front Cares agrees. Founders Bob Carlone and Joe Henjum, two Air Force colonels and Vietnam veterans, established THFC in 2003 because they recognized the need to help deployed military members’ families through the myriad of struggles and bureaucary. THFC mission has expanded to help veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, especially those with disabilities.

Three awards were given during the reception: Rita Worster was awarded THFC Chairman’s Award; Jay Cimino was given the Hero Award; and the Bob Carlone Military Community Service Award went to El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition.

Since inception, THFC has raised more than $7.6 million to help Colorado veterans and their families. To find out how you can help, log on to www.thehomefrontcares.org.

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RIP, John Haaren