Service Family Strong
Honoring the legacy of Chris Kyle, husband and father
We believe two are stronger than one against the challenges of service lifestyles.
There’s a reason why couples chose each other. We work to reunite.
Share the Legacy
One couple with hope and strength is a light in the community.
Strengthening Service marriages across America
Service Marriage Participants
Social Media Followers
Mastering Your Marriage Students
With an evidence-based curriculum, we help couples come together to face challenges.
The lifestyles our first responder have chosen entail sacrifices for families as well as the service member. Missed milestones and emergencies challenge the foundations of even the strongest relationships
Military and first responder couples face long separations and unusual schedules. We help them create time dedicated to their relationship
Self Care and Resilience
Exposure to Trauma
By the very nature of the work they do, this group of people have seen traumas, tragedies, and violence that take a toll regardless of how strong they are.
Relationship as a safe place
When your work experience often involves trauma and difficult situations, and talking with colleagues who have experienced the same hardships may not be healthy, your partner is important. We give couples the tools they need to be there for each other.
Taya Kyle is an American Daughter, an American Mom and an American Wife that women throughout the world can feel a connection with. Taya founded the Taya and Chris Kyle Foundation as a way to continue a post-deployment legacy Chris began, aiming to enhance military service, veteran and first responder marriages by providing a variety of experiences that helps them escape the everyday rigors that come with a life of service.
Taya Kyle, Executive Director
“In the months following Chris’s death, amongst the crushing pain, I had these moments of overwhelming gratitude that God had given us the gift of lasting love and allowed us to end on a high note of having weathered the storm with love stronger than I could have predicted. I want that gift for every service couple. I want deep love and a joyful family for them to rest in and savor. It makes all the difference in healing.”
Meghan Najera, Director of Development
“My late Father was a career DEA and my brother a decorated Officer in the United States Marine Corps. I have seen the profound differences, challenges, and impact of living in a service family. Now more than ever I want to serve those Service families who need support, empowerment, and understanding of their marriage and daily lives.”
Kylie Towns, Productivity and Programs
“As the spouse of a police/SWAT officer, I have experienced the challenges and rewards of the service family lifestyle first hand. My great joy is to connect with our service community, specifically the serving spouse, and to offer an understanding heart for the struggles that come along with loving and building a family with a spouse that has taken an oath to serve others.”
Jim Word, Director of Programs
“‘When you drink from the stream, remember the spring.’ When I consider my family, my freedomes, my faith, and my future, the military and first responder marriage is a spring that has strengthened and assured a foundation on which those pillars of my life are built. I joined TACK-F so I can not only ‘remember the spring’ but also be part of a team tending to the health of ‘the spring’ and helping those marriages to be ‘Service Family Strong’.”
Cecilia believes strongly in giving back. Her signature initiative as First Lady combines Texas and philantropy. She calls it “Texanthropy,” and through it she promotes service to others across Texas. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative – Network of Nurture – to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.
“I saw an opportunity to not only help a friend but to also bring many years of board service and experience to the organization. The key aspect of a successful nonprofit is proper governance. The potential of our organization to flourish and do good is enormous. I wanted to be a part of that success to benefit thousands.”
“Supporting families that sacrifice so much for the freedom we enjoy is the least I can do. It’s a privilege to serve the Taya And Chris Kyle Foundation and the people’s lives they’re impacting every year.”
John H. Cayce, Jr.
“My wife and I have long felt it’s a blessing to help others in the fight to keep their marriage, and their family, healthy. As a patriot and former service member, it is an honor to serve on the board of TACK-F as a continuation of my passion for serving God, country and families.”
“As a brother to Chris in the SEAL Teams, a loving father and husband I am honored to serve those who continue to serve our country. By serving as a board member for TACK-F I hope to support the legacy of Chris and his faithful devotion to the core family unit, the bond between husband and wife. In doing this we support the longevity and resiliency of marriage for those who sacrifice so much for America’s freedom.”
Gerene Ferguson is an American Patriot, wife, mother and philanthropist. She has served on the board of The Chase Foundation in Artesia, New Mexico, founded in 2006 by her family. The Chase Foundation is dedicated to community and education. There they have worked tirelessly to ensure every graduate from Artesia High attend college if they so choose, this is done through their scholarship program which has granted millions of dollars in scholarships.
“Taya’s mission to strengthen military and first responder marriages is a lifechanging act of grace from a passionate patriot. I’ve been proud to showcase military causes as the Executive Producer of Extra-tv. I’m blessed to be married for 30 years to Gary Dempsey, an air force veteran, who was also a first responder and honored to serve on the board.”
Deanne Ward has worked for more than 30 years in collaborative partnerships with many non-profits throughout the world. Her passion is to impact the lives of others for the cause of Christ. Deanne has traveled to more than 50 countries with this purpose. Her heart is to minister to those who are the most forsaken in many cultures—the widow and the orphan.
“I believe this nation has become so great and been so blessed because strong marriages are the cornerstone of this country. The foundation is on the tip of the spear of not letting that corner stone be chipped away, they do this by simply engagement the most at risk marriages of first responders and our military in order to restore them to their rightful place of reconciliation. What an honor to be small part of this.”