American Sniper was an incredible movie. It was tremendously moving from beginning to end. And I have seen many movies like that before. Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, We Were Soldiers, etc… All of those bring a real awareness to his horrible thing we have here on earth called war.
But American Sniper was different. It brought something bigger to the table. An issue that most of us had no idea existed. I mean we may have heard of it, but we really didn’t know what it meant.
PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And this is a very real battle that is being fought right here in our own country. These soldiers are going overseas to protect the rights that we enjoy as Americans. They are having to see and execute things they would have never imagined.
And then they are sent back home after their time is done. Like everything is supposed to go back to normal.
Only it can’t. It will never be the same again.
I didn’t understand this concept until recently. I hired a guy to come on my staff who was an Army Ranger. He fought multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of his stories he shares with me are even to intense for me to hear. I go home and have nightmares. And I’m just the one hearing the story. I wasn’t there!
Rarely can he get through a story without tears coming to his eyes. I have been on the phone with him late into the night walking with him through some issues.
The war ended for him physically in 2007… But the war mentally is still raging on!
We saw this a little in the movie American Sniper. Chris Kyle came home and had a hard time adjusting back to normal life. He even dedicated his life to help guys get through this tough issue. And it ultimately cost him his life.
While the movie brought a little light to the issue… It goes much deeper then that.
These guys who are true American heroes need our help. They need to know that they are loved and that they belong.
Lets get together and give back to the heroes who have given so much for us!