By: JOE DURANTE
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Sacred Heart Student Affairs hosted a guest lecture series with Taya Kyle, widow of decorated American Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle.
Kyle is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, American Wife, and she is also an advocate for women, families and faith. Kyle serves as the Executive Director of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, an organization that carries Chris’s legacy while serving the needs for the military and the families of our first responders.
Last Tuesday, Kyle spoke about her life, her faith, and freedom in the United States at Sacred Heart University.
“Faith is something that we all need. I don’t know how Taya does it, but she seems stronger than ever even without her husband. I will never know what it is like to go through what she has gone through,” said Jim Kent, a graduate of the class of 2017.
In the lecture series, Kyle started off her discussion without a scripted speech, because she wanted this lecture to mean something to the audience.
“Chris Kyle is the definition of a true patriot. The late Chris Kyle did everything for his country. Now, his wife is carrying on the Kyle legacy,” said Kent.
Kyle explained that faith makes her apart of whom she had become in her life, and also explained that everyone needs to accept each other no matter what religion or cultural background they may be from.
“We get hurt and God gets us through it. God only creates the good stuff in life,” said Kyle.
Many people were touched by Kyle’s discussion, and could connect with her messages of strength, faith, and respect.
“I thought that Taya Kyle presented an extremely personal story with inner strength, faith and inspiration for all of us” said Dr. Sabina Petillo, wife of President John J. Petillo PhD.
Kyle’s life was also depicted on the big screen in the 2014 film, American Sniper, which paid homage to Chris’ life as a Navy SEAL.
“I feel that God knows what’s happening, and Chris said before he died, ‘I’d like to be remembered as someone who cared so much about veterans’”, Said Kyle. “For me it’s a little bit different and it’s part of the Memorial Addition of Chris’s book American Sniper. There are letters about other parts of his life. The SEALS were one part of his life but then there was another part that was as equally amazing. I would love for people to know that he was an incredible, loving and kind person. He had this really cool confidence about going to work with people and the part that I really loved about him was that he was a really good human being.”