"Killing for you're country can't be an easy thing, but Chris Kyle may have been born to do it"
When it comes to doing service for your country one can be asked to do all types of things. Chris Kyle was asked to kill for his country and let us just say he more than rose to the occasion.
It can't be an easy burden to bear, staring down the scope and killing another human being, but in some cases it must be done.
Chris was asked to stare down his scope and protect the innocent for a confirmed 160 times.
But in doing this, he was rewarded a heavy burden to bear... and it's name was PTSD.
American Sniper, The Movie
So as the movie tells it, Chris Kyle(Cooper) was a man with a natural ability for shooting a rifle. Think about it, thousands try to become a sniper, but very few ever get to ascend to such heights within their respective military ranks.
Chris was also a man about family, about life and freedom for his fellow countryman. You love this guy already don't you, it's okay, we know.
The film "American Sniper" takes us from the start of his career as a Navy Seal to the events which gave his years in service legendary status. But the film is about so much more than just how many men he killed or protected, it's about the ripple effect his work had on his own personal life.
You see, to be a soldier, one needs go through a transformation, a redesign of the mind. One needs to be able to respond without hesitation, survive on instinct and hit the mark every time. There are no "off days" for a soldier, especially one in combat. There isn't any option for "I'm not feeling well today, I'm calling in" when your in the trenches. You show up because your a soldier, you show up because you have a job to do.
Chris Kyle showed up for work every time and possibly more than he should have, but if he hadn't some of the people we know and love might not even be here today.
PTSD, The Reality
One of the downsides about combat and being under pressure that most of us can't even imagine is that it lays heavy on the mind. When an individual must condition themselves mentally and physically to the point that they are perpetually on high alert it can take a toll on the psyche. It can even take a toll on the body and you can bet the recovery is not a short process.
If you want a more tangible example, find a woman or a man whose experienced severe physical and/or emotional trauma and notice how they respond to "certain" situations. Now take their situation and add 50 caliber guns and RPGs to the equation. Starting to get the picture?
Fortunately, because of good men and women like Chris Kyle and so many others, most civilians don't have to experience anything close to the distress of the "American Sniper".
And if we did, we just hope we have half the Cojones Chris carried to work everyday.
After Watching, American Sniper
One can't help but to have an even greater appreciation for the Armed Forces.
There's no way you can hear a story like Kyle's and simply brush it away. It sticks, it lingers long after the credits roll. And the wildest part about it is that this is just one of many true stories happening in the world around us.
That's another great quality of a film presentation. The viewer gets to take a peek into the lives and struggles of so many interesting people, real or fiction.
And with that, you should really consider going to see "American Sniper", it hits the mark!
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