Have you seen the movie American Sniper about former Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle?
His wife, Taya Kyle, recently published a book called, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal.
I happened to run across an interview she did on The View, earlier this month, discussing the book and, as I watched Kyle navigate questions designed to get her to cry (which they managed to do), I was also struck by her wisdom and grace, especially when she was asked this, by host Nicolle Wallace (see 05:10 mark in the video link above):
“Tell me the one thing that a lot of the public, that isn’t in the military, gets wrong about military families.”
Here was Taya Kyle’s answer:
“You know, I think the thing is that, we’re still a volunteer military and these guys, they sign up, but they don’t get to decide where they go. They just say, ‘Hey, wherever my country needs me, I will go.’ And they do it with heart and passion for this country that I don’t think a lot of us appreciate. I mean, they’re saying, ‘I’ll give you everything, including my life’ and they see the evil, they see the things that we have the luxury of being oblivious to. They see it on a daily basis and they’re willing to put their life on the line for it and, to me, that’s amazing. And then, to have their families know that too. It means they’re supporting that…that effort.”
She then went on to redirect the heroism that was being attributed to her, to all the military and first-responders’ wives that are also heroes.
I thought it was a good reminder that, there is a network of support around each of us that makes it possible for us to be who we are and do what we do, but there are different levels of sacrifice and, for the families and wives of our warriors and first-responders, that sacrifice is tremendous. They, too, deserve our recognition.