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
At no cost to you, Guardian For Heroes provides:
- Health club memberships,
- Individualized programs
- Personal training
- In-home fitness equipment
- 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 gave birth to an organization that helps Combat Veterans navigate the physical, mental, and emotional struggles from the inside out.
Chris’s passion was to help Veterans get back to being creative and useful through physical fitness. This passion led to the founding and evolution of the Guardian For Heroes we see today. Guardian For Heroes reaches across the street and across the country to serve, support, and strengthen our Veterans to help them re-acclimate to civilian life in this great country that they fought to protect. 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 4 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.
Jeff valiantly served through two deployments in the Middle East. He never felt that he was following in Chris’ footsteps because serving his 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 of the pillars Jeff learned as a young adult, and that he leans on today to continue serving Guardian For Heroes endeavors.
As Executive Chairman, Jeff oversees the stewardship and strategic direction of Guardian For Heroes, 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 included: 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines; 2nd Battalion, 6th Maines; 22d Marine Expeditionary 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); and Texas Insurance License. He currently services as the Director of Operations at a Construction Management firm and resides in Frisco, TX.
Major Andrew White
Major Andrew White
Major Andrew White was born in Fairfield, Connecticut and has made Plano, TX his home with his wife Katie and three children for over fifteen years. He has served overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is an active member of multiple Veteran organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth community, which include the VFW, American Legion, Military order of World Wars, Navy League and Dallas Veterans Day Parade. In 2011 Governor Rick Perry made him an Honoree Admiral in the Texas Navy.
Major White graduated from Roger Williams University in 1996 with a degree in History and Political Science and minor in Marketing. He has made a lifetime commitment of selfless service to his country and community as a tireless community leader, whether it is with the Military or his involvement with community events such as the Dallas Veterans Day parade where he has served as the Military Liaison for the past 6 years. He has actively participated in several 501c3 and 501c19 charities that support action for philanthropy in support of our Troops.
An active member of the community and strong support of the 2nd amendment, Major White also teaches Concealed Handgun Licensing for the State of Texas. He shares his love of firearms and knowledge with others so that they can safely protect themselves and their families. He serves his community development growth by serving as the President of the Veterans Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in order to promote Veteran friendly organizations, companies, and Veteran topics through this radio show “Kilroy’s Conversation” heard on KVGIradio.com.
In 2014, Major White founded Kilroy’s GI Contractors, a Veteran general contracting company. Kilroy’s GI hires Veterans and families of Veterans in order to fill skilled and unskilled residential home repair and remodeling.
A native Texan, Britney was born in Dallas and has called Frisco home for the past five years. She’s a 2nd generation Aggie, getting both her BS and MS in Sport Management from Texas A&M University. Britney graduated in time to come home for the Mavericks’ 2011 Championship run and shortly after joined forces with the Mavs’ affiliate, the Texas Legends. She currently serves as the Vice President of Media Relations for the Legends where she also assists in coordinating the community outreach programs for the team.
Britney is a civilian, but holds dear the words of founder Chris Kyle that “It is our duty to serve those who serve us.” A close friend attempted suicide due to the after-effects of war but was saved by the grace of God and used exercise to re-gain strength and vision. This experience drove Britney give back to our veteran heroes as a member of the board of Guardian For Heroes.
Talon Smith serves as a United States Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. He has been a part of Marine Reconnaissance and mentored by Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, Special Operations Independent Duty Corpsman and Reconnaissance Marines alike. Talon attended Field Medical Service Technician School to earn his shield and become an 8404. He graduated in October 2008 earning 2nd highest GPA and Highest PFA/PFT award. He received the coveted (FMF) Fleet Marine Force warfare device on his first try within four months of joining the command. He also held the billet of Assistant Radio Team Operator and acted as Assistant Team Leader. In 2011, Talon deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he experienced combat
In 2012 Talon appeared on NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes” where he was paired with Laila Ali. There he met Chris Kyle who became a friend and mentor. Chris told Talon about his charity and how they helped veterans through fitness. Talon combines his military experience with CrossFit to serve the Board of Guardian For Heroes.