Why I Almost Walked Out of American Sniper

American Sniper

You might have clicked on this post expecting to find some anti-American, leftist liberal rant on the military and how America is a bully, based on the title I posted. But you’re not going to find that here. Ever.

And it’s pretty rare for me to post a movie review, and this isn’t really that, either.

But I did almost walk out of this movie. Twice, actually.

But before we get to that, let me tell you the reasons why I think you (and everyone else) should see this movie. In the process of doing that, I think I can better explain why I almost walked out.

You need to see this movie because, as everyone who sees it will agree, Chris Kyle (the American Navy SEAL & sniper whom the movie depicts) did some amazing stuff for America.

Hero? Yes. Expert skills? Definitely. And the fact that he survived some incredible horrors of war only to be taken from this earth in such an unexplainable way (no spoiler alert– this was news in 2013), well, it’s one of those great mysteries. He served his country bravely and to honor his memory, you need to know his story. You need to know that he was willing, like so many, to give his life in service to protect you; protect me.

Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

You need to see this movie because you need to give a face to all those soldiers you are grateful for and realize the horrors they face.

They fight and die every single day. All over the world. They are willing to give what many are not– their lives. We thank them, we honor them, we post statuses about how grateful we are on Facebook, but do we really realize what they are going/have gone through? This movie gives you a glimpse of the realities of war. Other movies have done it, but for some reason, this movie makes you feel like you’re in it. It puts you there, and I promise, that gratitude you felt for our soldiers and sailors before this movie will only be multiplied after. Perhaps you’ll even decide you want to do more to honor our brave and our fallen. Perhaps you’ll finally understand what war PTSD is and why it is a very, very real thing. Perhaps you’ll honor the memory of not only Chris Kyle, but all of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for these United States.

You need to see this movie because you live in a bubble.

Stated plainly, we complain about dumb things most of the time. We live in comfort and freedom, and for the most part, we’re blessed beyond measure. We complain about bad hair days and people who get on our nerves and when we run out of coffee or get cut off in traffic and the fact that we hate Mondays. And yet we have the opportunity to live in peace. Meanwhile, all over the globe, children are born into war zones and suffer unimaginable torment at the hands of Evil.

This is why I almost left during the movie. As a Social Studies teacher and a student of the world, I’m well aware of the atrocities committed throughout the world historically and in present day. But I’ve only read about them. I’ve only heard about them. I’ve never had to witness them with my own eyes. Sure, American Sniper is a movie and it’s a dramatization of events, but it’s realistic. It’s horrible. And it truly shows how Evil is alive and working in our world.

Not only was I sobbing at various points throughout this movie, I found myself praying, “Come, Jesus. Come.” I almost couldn’t take it– this realistic depiction of evil. I don’t want to believe that people are capable of doing such horrible things to each other, but they are. Oh, they are.

The bubble around me popped. You can’t watch a movie like this, see the horrible things that man is willing to do to another man (or woman or child), not just in the name of a god or of an organization, but in the name of hatred, and go back to your cushy life and pretend the horror doesn’t exist.

Our soldiers face this evil every day on the battlefield and they persevere. They press on. They fight it and try to protect freedom because that’s one of our basic rights as humans. And they make split-second decisions that we pray we never, ever have to make. This is why we are grateful– because they have to make the decisions and carry out the actions we never, ever want to have to face.

Our nation and our world face this evil– those who torture and murder and kill for no good reason at all. It manifests itself in many ways, but people all over the world are suffering.

This world so desperately needs love. It so desperately needs joy. People so desperately need rescuing. They so desperately need the Savior.

American Sniper is not a “Christian” movie. While there are mentions of God, it’s not a theological movie in any sense. But if you can walk away from it and not be moved just by seeing how good we’ve got it and how horrendous daily life is for others across the globe, I fear your heart is too far gone.

When the movie ended, our theater was silent. People filed out without speaking. The weight was heavy. I cried my way to the car.

This is an emotional film, packed with violence, foul language, and the realization that we have so, so much to be grateful for, and so, so much work to do in the world combating Evil, not just on the other side of the globe, but within our own neighborhoods; within our own hearts.

See this movie. Honor the memory of Chris Kyle. Honor the memory of every fallen soldier who has ever stared Evil in the eye and said, “bring it.” Honor those who have stared Evil in the eye and lived to tell– those still haunted by their memories.

See this movie so that you can get out of your bubble and realize just how good you’ve got it and how much work there is to do.

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344 responses to “Why I Almost Walked Out of American Sniper

  1. Frankie Williams

    Susan, thank you for your thoughts about this movie. I was a combat flight crew man in Viet Nam in 73-74 and saw the horrors there. I lost my son in Afghanistan last year in 2014 so I know how it feels to lose a son. Horrible. Not easy. I have feelings for my son every day and I know tat this feeling will never go away. I just need to learn how to deal with it. I stand an salute every unit in the military parade and shake their hand because we do need to aknowledge their sacrifaces and internal suffering. I know PTSD firsthand and have learned to deal with my demons and it is now easy. Some days those demons are so real I just want to scream out and hurt someone. We as regular people with regular lives will never know the pain that they feel inside, we just have to salute them and maybe buy them a cup of coffee and let them know that we love them.

  2. .akgirlruns.

    I appreciate this post. There are also reasons that some of us can’t see this – and it is because we are those spouses, and we live outside this bubble, and it is too hard and too real for us to see these movies.

    But your post, is very appreciated. Thank you.

  3. Elaine S

    As a mother of 2 sons who serve our great country, 1 who returned from Afghanistan last August, this movie showed me the true horrors that my sons have seen. And that breaks my heart. As a mother, you always want to protect your children, but as grown men, that’s no longer an option. So now I tell them everyday I love them and am so very proud of what they selflessly chose to do for all of us. For without our military’s selfless choices, we wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms we have. May God bless and keep safe every single military personnel and their family members at home. Thank you all for your sacrifices.

  4. We each have the opportunity to choose between good and evil in every choice we make every day. The big changes the world needs start within each of our hearts. Great article. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see the film.

  5. Brandon Lowther

    Thank you so much for this. I am a 18 year Army veteran with three combat tours and diagnosed ptsd. Thank you. You stated it perfectly, just as the movie did.

  6. Lucie

    I think what is missing here is not only the battles on the front lines but the battles left behind with his family at home. I spent 18 years as a military spouse and went through 2 long term deployments. This movie was overwhelming for me to sit through and watch but I stayed. I cried…like a baby at times. This movie got it right from the home front. The fights and struggles he had back home with his wife and children felt like I was reliving my life. Unfortunately, my husband never realized the destruction his service had on our family and we are now 2+ years into our divorce. Spouses and children are the forgotten casualties of war. While it was a very small window into the effect of war it was a very accurate portrayal. Please don’t forget the families left behind to endure behind the scenes.

  7. Thank you for putting into words what my heart felt. I have never been to a full movie theater that you could hear a pin drop when leaving. This movie gave me an insight into what the brave men and women of our military forces face and the evil that exists that use children and women as their shield. Very emotional, but movie well worth seeing. Thank you to all of our armed forces for protecting the United States. I have always been, but am even more grateful for and in awe of you than I was before. God Bless!

  8. The world is so empty. It has been emptied of the one thing that really needed to be there, and that’s love. It has been replaced by hatred. There is so much hatred in the world today and it is constantly drinking the blood of gallant men, young children and helpless women in so many places across the globe. It is real. The soldiers who are daily living under the shadow of death at the front, know how real the horror is. We need to show love, much more love to fellow humans and we need to reserve in our hearts, a memorably special place for our fallen heroes. God bless all.

  9. AD

    Does it really take Clint Eastwood putting a film on a screen for American people to realize that they are for the most part privileged, sheltered, protected, live in a 1st world country, that service women and men (AND MANY OTHERS) actually face real life and death situations, that children go hungry….etc, etc, etc.? This sounds EXTREMELY naive to me. Do people not watch or read world news? Has anyone else ever stepped foot outside the states and seen anything other than an all-inclusive resort?
    Yes I’m thankful for those who serve in our military to protect us and stand at the front lines. Absolutely. Without a doubt. I am also thankful for those who stand in the shadows, remain nameless, receive no recognition, glory or honor to stand up and fight to protect what it is they believe in the deepest parts of their heart. In military service, parenthood, life… if you’ve never had the opportunity to advocate for someone whether in military service or in an organization that helps people or even animals or the earth – wow aren’t you missing out on a whole depth of wealth and perception.
    Also – having to qualify your reasons for almost stepping out of movie theater initially as you not being an “anti-American, leftist liberal rant” discredits you as a writer from the beginning. Instead of being inclusive “I am …. and want to share this because I feel….” you start with “I am not … never will be” automatically puts many of your audience members on the defensive. Yes I understand this is your blog and you can say whatever you like – just know that you are excluding a lot of readers by excluding them through your word choice.

    • Jet

      Unfortunately, yes. Yes it does take a movie for many people to really see that they are more than priveleged to be living in a 1st world country. And even then sometimes people donts see it. And yes, people ARE that naive. And yes, most people will never step past their own front doors or ocean view resorts and SEE what the world has become. And really, most people have no idea what is happening in their own state, let alone the country or, Heaven help us, the world. It is a blessing and curse to know the truth, isn’t it? Some people only see their own circle of influence, and it can be very very small. But they can live that way BECUASE people like Chris are willing to step up and protect them from all the unpleasantness in the world.

    • Hal

      Yes! Thank you. My thoughts exactly

  10. aprilcheatham

    I read the book last week in a flash and then my husband and I got to see the movie over the weekend. It was so great for all the reasons you listed above. I have become quite obsessed with the Kyle family and this point. I have watched his memorial service on youtube and read just about every article on the web about him and watched all of Taya’s interviews and several of Bradley Cooper’s as well. I live within 20 miles of one of the largest military bases in America so I hear the drills while I’m standing in my yard, the military is always on my mind because of proximity to the families and service men and women. But there are so many people that are so far removed from the military way of life and they just don’t “get it.” They need to go see this movie. My husband works on this large military base for a contractor that provides maintenance services on the bases fire engines and equipment. We always do what we can to help anyone we know that is military or ex-military. It’s just a way of life here and I wish more places would reach out and help too.

  11. scott

    Great writing Jennifer. As a retired soldier who spent 39 months in and around Baghdad, I have one question for Andy. How many American lives did Chris save by killing over 250 ppl? You evidently have never served in the military and have been sent to a war zone. I have no pity for those that Chris or anyone in his line of work have killed. Try and think about the American Soldiers coming home with no arms, legs or wounds that will never heal (PTSD) and how many more it could have been if people like Chris weren’t there to have our back. I have seen first hand what IED’s, RPG’s do to the human body and it isn’t pretty. Until you walk in “OUR” shoes (someone who has said “bring it”), get off of your high horse and open your eyes. If you want to get informed spend sometime with some vets and get their story firsthand and maybe you will realize it isn’t “one world – one person”.


  12. Bill

    I thought it sucked. Wish I would’ve saved the dollars. A lot of hype but not a good movie. I liked snow piercer better if that tells you how much it sucked.

  13. Jim

    Jennifer…thank you for your insight and perspective ! I’m an old man who cried during the last half of the movie. I thought Director Eastwood did a marvelous job of showing how gruesome war is and how it is fought. It is NOT a video game !! I live in a military community and try to find an active or retired military person every day to thank them for what they did/do !! One thing that was subtle in the movie was the likely number of American Soldiers and Marines Kris Kyle SAVED by doing his job and doing it VERY well. At the showing we attended…the theater was full on a Tuesday afternoon…there was absolute silence when the movie was over. Everybody went out very respectfully without saying a word and many of us were wiping eyes !

  14. Ed Watson

    From a 20 year, two time combat veteran, Thank You!! GO ARMY!!

  15. I had to stop and comment. Your review and thoughts are meaningful. Also, I have spoken with a few friends this week, who didn’t see the movie together and they said exactly this, “When the movie ended, our theater was silent. People filed out without speaking. The weight was heavy.” From this I am sure that this movie is very powerful and people “get it.” Perhaps it will change the wave of how most people consider the military and perhaps more people will want to get involved with helping returning soldiers. Thanks for this and thanks for being a teacher.

  16. Alyssa Faith

    I don’t see to see this film to know how brutal war is for our military. This is not a documentary, but a Hollywood film. I know those faces and men and women in those uniforms. I have many family members and friends who have served and still serve. (My uncle, several cousins, friends, and relatives who served in Vietnam and WWI.) A few of which do suffer from PTSD. I know everything I need to know from them. I don’t need to see this film to honor Chris or the military. There are so many ways to go about that. And how dare you say that if I don’t go see this film that I am ungrateful to the military. I am grateful beyond words that there are men and women willing to sacrifice everything to keep our great country FREE and SAFE.

    • Alyssa– I did not say that anyone would or could be exhibiting ungratefulness by not seeing this movie. I’m grateful that you can see all of those things and don’t need the reminder of a film to help you do so. I’ve taught high school for many years. I’ll use my students as an example of those inside “the bubble.” They, and sadly, many of their parents, have no experience with anyone in the military, don’t keep up with current events, and have no idea what the world is like outside their own front doors. I advocate this movie for people like that– those who might need a little wake up call. I’m so grateful for those like you, who are already aware of these things. Thank you for reading!

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  18. Sonja Broomfield

    I have many loved ones in the services, and I also feel grateful that these brave, honorable people are willing to live through the horrors of war for us. I urge you to honor our troops not only by thanking them but by fighting for them. Our troops’ greatest honor and sacrifice is to serve without questioning. We as citizens must do the questioning for them. This is not cowardice, treason or disloyalty: It is democracy and the foundation of our nation. Our leaders used to lead their troops on the battlefield, which proved they believed it was a necessary war. They don’t do that anymore. It is our fundamentally “pro-American” duty to force our leaders out of their bubble, to be informed, to question, and to protest if necessary. Maybe after seeing this movie you will be moved to help guide our political leaders in their decisions on whether or not to invade the next country.

  19. Meredith Washburn

    1. Because I do not see the movie does not mean I live in a bubble
    2. I will honor God by not seeing a movie that dishonors God.
    3. Watching this movie does not put a face to our military men and women as it is a Hollywood movie and not reality.
    4. Watch a documentary on war if you are looking for reality not to Hollywood.
    5. I honor and respect our military men and women whether I see the movie or not.
    6. Reality is my friend who suffers from PTSD due to serving as a Marine in Afghanistan. Reality is my friend who was almost blown up due to an IED and now lives with shrapnel in is body. These to men are as much a hero as Chris Kyle.
    You see I do not need to see a Hollywood movie to see and know the realities of war.

    • From a veteran who has been in the same hell hole as Kyle, yes, this is a very accurate portrayal. It puts a face on things quite well. I would suggest seeing it.

      • If you were really there like you write… Goood job. I was in the Gulf long ago but there is no way I will see that movie. You must be a glut dor punihment going to see thar again.

  20. Adelaide

    I really wanted to read your article all the way through, however getting past the first sentences proved almost too daunting a task. I don’t care to have my political views (yes I am a Democrat) trivialized from the get-ago. I am staunchly pro-American and yes, I am a liberal. Sue me. But I pushed on. Then came your “you live in a bubble” prose and your paternalistic stance about how we do not know what our military men and women go through. Well, I for one think I have a pretty good idea. Not from personal experience or through that of a friend/family member but because I DON’T live in a bubble and my points of reference are a bit more all-encompassing that you seem to give us credit for. So excuse me for feeling a bit annoyed at your prose. but it’s yours and you are entitled to it. I would be grateful if you abstained from making sweeping generalizations about others whom you do not know.

    Albuquerque, NM

    • No, you don’t know what service members go through. While I can agree that sweeping generalizations aren’t appropriate, I think you should heed your words more carefully. You did so in your post as well. I can point it out if you’d like (there are several), but if you are truly as broad minded as you claim you are, just reading back over your own comment should bring that out to you.

  21. Sam

    Being a leftist liberal doesn’t make me Anti-American

    • John McCarthy

      Being anti-war, anti-“Chris Kyle is a hero”, and a leftist liberal doesn’t make me Anti-American either. (moderator removed).

  22. Skyehawk

    Well, Ms. Hale, you may think you were snapped out of your bubble, but I’ve got news for all of you – this was just a movie. And when it was over you all just walked out of that dark theater and got into your SUV’s and made the trip home to your suburban homes and apartments complete with electricity, running water, sewers and electric appliances. You would be hard pressed to find any of that in most areas of Iraq, Syria, or Pakistan. And yes, there is a hell of a lot of evil there. And innocent people do get killed as well as evil ones. I think many of you completely missed the subtle point of this movie. We are fortunate in this country never to have had an occupying force since we ran the British off 245 years ago. We still all live in a bubble.

    • Patrick

      Thank you. I’m so happy I, and everyone else here got to read your statement on the painfully obvious. No one here disagrees with your observation

    • Mark

      Maybe the british soldier thought your forefathers were evil and savage and needed to be “liberated” ?

  23. I will not go see this movie for the same reason never saw 3 kings blackhawk down lone survivor or others. I was in the usmc and it was boring mostly. Also I still have dreams I amin the usmc somewhere. Then wake up and I am relieved It was a dream and I am free. Also you are silly to say the USA is not a bully. When some gys in my Company pull butt stock a driver as the 1dt order of an out of the car checkpoint you know we are bullies. Fat socalist mike more is wrong to say snipers are cowards. Way safer and more easy to opt to be a rear area guy…in ththe navy he could have opted for a on ship rear area job anytime and got it seeing how his command liked hi? So much. However sorry but yeah been to those arab lands and other than Kuwait people. Not a lot of people want us there. I think a strong uninvited guest telling you how to run things is pretty much an invader and a bully. Anyhow never going to see the movie

  24. Eli king jr

    Thank you for your heart and speaking the truth. Our soldier and navy men and Women need our support. The leadership in this has been fading out more and more each year, and yes you couldn’t said it any better, we need to face evil directly and push forward holding hands reuniting together fighting for what is right and not what just feels good!! Thank you again for posting and to hear from you sometime Eli king

  25. Jenn Donaho

    As proud army veterans wife, I have to say that this movie has helped me understand alittle better what happened with my husband and friends when they deployed. One thing that was always drilled into my head is not to ask those questions cause you wouldnt get the answers. Never ask what happened over there. I also know that I have been on the other end of the phone when something goes wrong. Not a feeling anyone wants to go through. I know that in the end Chris Kyle gave his life doing what he loved, but it should have never happened that way. I sat next to my husband and held his hand through the movie. It was hard to sit there and watch his face and know that he was reliving what happened while deployed. I wish that everyone would see this movie and realize that every service member no matter what the job they are doing there is there because they have the ability to stand for our freedom. Which many of us can’t do that for one reason or another.

  26. I highly recommend you read the book. The film is 80% fabrication. Chris Kyle never shot a child. He didn’t face Mustafa or The Butcher. He did not run through a sand storm. Just to name a few discrepancies. However the stories he tells in his book will leave a greater impression than anything Hollywood attempted to portray.

  27. Mrggfep

    But this is nothing new, unless your head is buried in the sand movies like Platoon, apocalypse now, hamburger hill, full metal jacket, we were soldiers have shown the gruesome details of war since the 1970’s or 80’s this movie is no more graphic or in your face than any of those movies

  28. KC

    Great article ruined by **** comments.

  29. As a veteran of OIF myself, this movie nearly brought me to my knees several times. I have been dealing with some very vivid memories that are so accurately portrayed in this movie. I even started to smell the things we smelled there. Kyle was a true hero and his loss is a great loss to the entire world.

  30. This was fantastic. Thank you for writing this.

  31. SSG Sanderson, Brian W

    My wife and myself seen the movie last night and our theater was silent in the end as well, minus a few heavy breaths and sniffls. I to cried while walking back to the car, but with my head held high and my chest full of pride. I cried for my “Brother”. This is a must see movie for everyone out there, especially the ones that don’t completely get it about what we go through during war and then at home.

  32. Matthew Williams

    Nice perspective.. I hope the movie continues to resonate through the country.. I was a recruiter throughout the current conflict, but i remember coming home from Haiti in 1995. It was hard to tolerate the spoiled life we live as Americans after seeing Haitians way of life. Our garbage was gold to them and they fought for it.. Murder and rape weren’t really crimes, the only real crime was stealing building materials.. And then you arrive back in th e USA and I had a hard time connecting with people who lacked that understanding of “the bubble” we live in..

  33. Brian

    Thank you. Good review.

  34. SCK2188

    I am a veteran and completed a tour in iraq getting a purple heart in the process I have seen what it is like over there and the movie depicts it very well …..I personally got to meet Chris kyle while I was in iraq and in the states since I live only 40 miles from where he lived .he was an awsome person and is still a role model to me ….he and all the other veterans that have sacrificed all for us will never be forgotten. ….

  35. Brian

    ….and to everyone who hasn’t been there, you DO live in a bubble. Unless you’ve been in country and had rounds coming downrange you live in a bubble. Sorry to deflate your collective egos.
    This bubble is brought to you by the US Military. Enjoy your stay. 🙂

  36. Michael Hunter

    I haven’t had a bubble in a very long time.

  37. Great article though. Thank you

  38. Adam

    I walked out because the movie is boring as all hell and bradley cooper’s acting doesn’t warrant the cost of a ticket.

  39. George

    i didn’t like the movie. Thought it was one dimensional. Dull. Threatening on boring. It is a movie that uses the patriot and a lot of the feelings you and everyone else felt as a patriot and a citizen to push along a bland plot. It had all these messages to get out to the public, pieced then together, and forgot to be entertaining.
    A slideshow of impactful images and ideas with no depth or development along the way.
    I won’t be replying to any replies. And, yes, this is just one person’s opinion.

  40. Cheyenne

    Careful the angry generalizations you start this beautiful post with. As a leftist, liberal woman who LOVES America and who is beyond grateful for the protection of the brave people who allow us privileged few to live our lives in the bubble, I say ‘Amen’ to everything besides your first paragraph. Indeed, “we have so, so much to be grateful for, and so, so much work to do in the world combating Evil, not just on the other side of the globe, but within our own neighborhoods; within our own hearts.” We have more in common than you think. Maybe we can start spreading love and understanding right here and get more people inside our bubble of blessings with us. Peace. Love. Open Hearts.

  41. P S

    The movie is good but read his book if you really want the truth about his life. Also his books proceeds go to support the fallen Seals families and veterans.

  42. Jon

    All we should be saying is Like John Lennon said so many years ago “Give Peace a Chance”. I am sure Chris would say the same thing so lets take all this energy and apply it to that concept.

  43. Connie Rau

    Saw this movie today and was in awh of patriotism and commitments shown by all those who put their lives on the line for us every day. They truly give their all and deserve the same from their government and citizens they protect every day. Do we do enough to protect them when we send them out in harms way. Do we watch them close enough to know when they are having problems. Do we do enough to help them when they return…not just for the limbs lost but also the nightmares that plague their thinking. What an amazing person Chris was. Amazing story…amazing up bringing…he needed all these to help bring him through. Not all Vets are this fortunate. To all Global Leaders…..it is you who send us out to do your bidding. All blood is on your hands

  44. There are many of us who are well aware of the freedoms we enjoy and appreciate the relative peace in which we live. We also understand what it takes to make this possible. A lot of people would rather not know. They find it easier to live in denial. It’s kind of like the sausage cliché: people love to eat it but don’t want to know or see how it’s made. This doesn’t apply just to the military, but to law enforcement as well. We just want to feel safe in our homes, or at work. We want our kids to be safe at school, and we want to be free to drive wherever we want. But when something bad happens, people pile on without consideriing that whatever that event, it is one of thousands and thousands of daily encounters between citizens and law enforcement. The same with when a military operation goes bad. Life is full of risks, and some people are more willing to take more than their share of risk. And most of us are grateful for them.

  45. My son worked with Chris Kyle and his Seal team. My son was killed in Ramadi 6-20-06. I was told that Chris Kyle killed my sons sniper. When my son landed in Iraq he said, “you can feel the evil.” That was not how he normally would speak so it must have been pretty intense. As much as I would like to see this movie it’s too real for me. Why relive that same time frame? I have been told by some who served and other friends not to see it because of the intensity. I applaud Chris Kyle and the many, many men and women who serve and are killed or come to to relive those memories for many years. I know of some who haven’t really talked about what the dealt with with my sons death. Such a tragedy to know that there are 23 suicide a day. Thank you for speaking the words many know but really do not want to hear.
    Kat Leon Mom of Cpl Christopher D Leon, USMC 5th Anglico, III MEF

    • Thank you for supporting your son in his service. Thank you for supporting him to protect my freedom. Thank you for reading this post and please know how deeply sorry I am for your loss. As long as America remains a free nation, his death will never be in vain. God bless you, Kat.

  46. Shiela

    what shell have you been living under. Isis is cutting off the heads of innocent peacekeepers and anyone in their region that does not abide by their rules, daily. In Nigeria, Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Young girls ( as young as nine years old) and then sold them into marriage with their abductors. Please wake up, Chris Kyle was a talented brave soldier that did his duty, if you want to have a really good cry go to the wounded warrior site and see the ones that returned broken, maimed and try to imagine what it’s like to be them, their wives or their mothers. There is a lot of evil but you can make a difference by volunteering , by giving contributions charity, but most importantly you need to open your eyes and be aware what is going on in your world. Bless our country and men and women in service.

  47. chuck franzago

    Like most movies today. Not interested. Language totally not necessary. Not into all of the violence either.

  48. Jet

    Your article moved me to tears. You are completely on the mark and wrote it so eloquently. Most of us cannot find the words to thank our service men and women for the sacrifices they make every day. I don’t normallly post comments to things like this, but i felt compelled to for many reasons. Both of my parents are veterans, my mom was Navy for 9 years and my dad retired from the Air Force after 22. My husbands cousin was a marine who took his own life after 2 tours in Iraq after he was told he would have to back for a third. He left behind a 2 year old daughter and a wife. PTSD is real and it effects the lives of ALL the men and women who witness horrible atrocities. Many suffer in silence. Too many. I have seen a lot of anger in some of these posts and responses, but the heart of the matter is- those soldiers/sailors/airmen are fighting for YOU. All of you. For their families and loved ones. Many people who do not come from military families cannot see it. That is no fault of their own, they just do not really see effects of war in those they love. So they hear it, but they don’t live it in the nightmares of their loved ones.
    God bless all of you. Even those who don’t like the things I say or what others say. Whether you want to believe it or not, you have the right to disagree with me or anyone else and not be condemned for it BECUASE of the men and women that fight and die for us.

    Pray for the children of these war torn countries. Pray that their hearts do not grow hard and bitter and continue the cycle of hate and violence. Pray that it makes them seek peace and a way to stop the fighting. Then we won’t have to read articles about how a man had to kill to save lives. And we can end the tragedy of suicide and PTSD that face our military and their families.

  49. White Guffablo

    Sheila, who tells you all that stuff? Have you been there? Saw it with your own eyes, or just going with the flow of your programmers? Just curious? I would like to see and know what you know, to know the TRUTH!

  50. Watching this movie just confirms why we should not be there. Why have our soldiers in the prime of there life get killed and maimed? The movie also showed how many of the inhabitants don’t want us there. Our experience in the middle east when we meddled in several wars and actions oint do much. Basically they don’t like us. That is a fact. Bring all our soldiers home. stop the killing of Americans. Stop any further maiming. This is a religious war for these countries. I support our soldiers. I want them safe. Bring them home.