WHO WE ARE
At Guardian For Heroes Foundation, we humbly and proudly carry the torch Chris Kyle left us and champion the cause to restore hope, renew spirits, and replenish energy for combat veterans transitioning to post military life.
Reaching out for help requires strength.
Answering the call to help those who have served demands it.
At Guardian for Heroes Foundation, we live it.
WHAT WE DO
Guardian for Heroes Foundation provides free, in-home fitness equipment, facilitation of donated health club memberships, individualized programs, personal training and life coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) from combat deployment. We use physical and mental fitness to spark conversation and create a source of support for combat veterans.
Following four tours in Iraq, CPO Chris Kyle, U.S. Navy SEAL came back home to North Texas with a desire to still serve his Country. He encountered a couple of his brothers-in-arms who were having difficulties re-acclimating to civilian life – like going to a gym – because of struggles with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) from combat deployment. Chris began researching several gyms, exercise facilities and workout equipment organizations for possible donations, which lead him to a Dallas based fitness equipment supplier. This chance encounter changed both of their lives and gave birth to a foundation that can help Combat Veterans navigate the physical, mental, and emotional struggles from the inside out.
Today, in the spirit of that initial meeting and in the hope to serve that brought Chris and the fitness equipment supplier together in 2011. Guardian for Heroes Foundation is reaching across the street and across the Country to serve, support and strengthen our Veterans to become the citizens of the United States that they fought to protect years ago. We proudly continue this mission in the honor and memory of Chris, our founder, in order to carry on his passion to continue serving our service men and women.
Guardian for Heroes Foundation is a vision created by CPO Chris Kyle, U.S. Navy SEAL and a local fitness equipment supplier inspired to serve our Combat Veterans. This remarkable organization serves the needs of those Americans who have sacrificed for our great nation; yet still struggle with the aftermath of that service through a physical disability or the emotional effects of the combat theater. Chris believed that the foundation required the leadership of someone who undertsands first-hand, the meaning of service and sacrifice.
Guardian for Heroes Foundation is led by a passionate team of leaders, including military Veterans. Our board of directors, is dedicated to supporting Veterans and their loved ones in the spirit of our founder – one of the most decorated and admired United States Navy SEALs in the history of the Armed Forces, Chris Kyle.
This is our team. These are some of our heroes. This is Guardian for Heroes Foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus
CPO Chris Kyle, U.S. Navy SEAL – Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Chief Chris Kyle (USN, honorably discharged 2009) is one of the top snipers in U.S. history. From 1999 to 2009, he recorded the most career confirmed sniper kills in United States military history earning him the nickname ‘al Shaitan’ (the devil) with Iraqi insurgents.
Chris served 3 combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For bravery, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams. He also authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.
Chief Kyle is the author of The New York Times best-selling books, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History and American Gun.
Jeff Kyle, United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran – Board Member
When you are the brother of one of the most admired military snipers in United States history, it is difficult to find your own way, but Jeff Kyle has never been one to shy away from a challenge. That is very evident as Jeff proudly served our country as a U.S. Marine for eight years of honorable service. In the United States Marine Corps, Jeff served four years with the 3rd Marines as an infantryman with weapons specialty. Four years later, he became weapons platoon sergeant, then later transferred to 4th Recon in San Antonio – and as destiny would have it, this is where he met former director of Guardian for Heroes Foundation, Travis Cox.
Jeff valiantly served through two deployments in the Middle East. He never felt that he was following in Chris’ footsteps because serving the country and giving back to the men and women of our Armed Forces was something both he and Chris were taught from an early age. Patriotism. Valor. Integrity. Sacrifice. These were only some pillars Jeff learned as a young adult, and that he leans on today to continue serving Guardian for Heroes Foundation endeavors.
As a dedicated Board member, Jeff helps to oversee the stewardship and progress of Guardian for Heroes Foundation, a passion of his brother’s to help Combat Veterans fight PTS through physical and mental fitness.
Robert ‘Deuce’ Cato
Robert ‘Deuce’ Cato, U.S. Navy Combat Veteran
During his 16-year Naval career, Deuce became qualified in many different fields outside of being a hospital corpsman. During deployments in support of OIF/OEF, he became tail gunner, crew chief and plane captain for a MH-53E squadron earning him multiple accolades and some honors as a Hospital Corpsman.
Prior to his separation from the Navy, Deuce earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with the aspirations of continuing to fly helicopters in the civilian sector. Due to multiple injuries sustained in combat, he was no longer able to pursue his field of training. As a disabled Veteran, he chose instead to give back to his brothers and sisters in uniform.
As a ‘Paid Up for Life’ member of the American Legion, he became a charter member of the Chris Kyle Post 388 in Midlothian, Texas, where he currently serves as service officer. Although Deuce has his own struggles with PTS, he finds that dedicating his life to helping others is very therapeutic. The time honored motto, “So Others May Live” is forever imprinted on his soul.
Lt. Col. Christoper Jackson
Lt. Col. Christoper Jackson
Raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas, Chris’ Marine Corps career spans 25 years as enlisted and officer. He actively participated in 3 wars – Desert Shield / Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom – as well as other operational deployments. As an Infantryman, he was privileged to command at many different levels and his units include: 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines; 2nd Battalion, 6th Maines; 22d Marine Expedtionary Unit; 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines; and 2nd MEF Headquarters Group.
He served with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to defeat IEDs with three Army Divisions and other agencies. Additionally, he led operations at the Security Cooperation Education and Training Center assisting and training partner nation militaries.
Chris has a BFA, Advertising & Marketing from the University of North Texas and has completed multiple military courses and schools. These include Amphibious Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff college, where he earned a Masters Degree in Strategic Analysis & Planning.
Since his retirement, Chris has earned his General Securities Representative Exam (GSRE/Series 7); Uniform Combined State Law Exam (Series 66); Texas Insurance License. He currently services as the Director of Operations at a Construction Management firm and currently resides in Frisco, TX.
Major Andrew White
Major Andrew White