Love for Country vs. Love for Family

Love for Country vs. Love for Family
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In his book "American Sniper", Chris Kyle talks about his amazing experiences serving our country as a Navy Seal. The main struggle he faced was a battle between love for country and love for family. His priorities were God, Country, then Family, rather than God, Family, and Country. He loved his wife and child greatly, but once he deployed, they lost a connection that they could not regain. Before one of his later tours in Iraq, Chris's wife Taya told him to quit while he could and not ship out, she said she wouldn't stop him from going, but if he did, she would know where his loyalty lied and their marriage would suffer. He still shipped out because he felt a greater sense of duty towards his country and his fellow soldiers than his family. I don't know whether Chris was right or wrong to continue fighting, but choosing to do so saved countless lives and protected our soldiers. Chris Kyle is one of the greatest heroes our country has ever known, and his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

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  • Chris at War
  • You're gonna be okay!
  • Chris at War
  • Is he Iraqi army or an insurgent?!?!
  • Chris at War
  • GRENADE!!
  • Chris went on multiple deployments and lost a lot of friends along the way. He made these sacrifices out of a sense of duty and love for his country.
  • Chris at Home
  • Chris had to make life or death decisions constantly... and determine who was an enemy in battles that often involved civilians and allies.
  • Chris at Home
  • Another nightmare?
  • Chris was constantly on alert for threats, and had to act quickly in very stressful situations.
  • Chris at Home
  • Mr. Kyle, your blood pressure is very high..
  • Transitioning back to life at home was difficult, and Chris was still on alert for threats 24/7, sometimes confusing everyday things like trash for IED's.
  • WATCH OUT!!!
  • Chris occasionally had flashbacks, and was always surprised by how ignorant civilians were to the war. He said he never experienced serious PTSD like some of his buddies did, but nevertheless his mind was always on the war rather than his marriage or family.
  • The stress of war and high paced reality that Chris experienced carried over to life at home, and affected his health.
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