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An anonymous Marine Corps veteran’s written response to critics of the new movie “American Sniper” has gone viral.

Going only by the pseudonym “Grifter,” the military veteran sounded off against those, mostly from the Left, who are refusing to see the main point of the film.

Grifter’s blog post is almost 2,000 words, but it’s worth it to read every single one.

From The Blaze:

In a biting blog post on OAFNation.com, an apparent military veteran issued a definitive response to critics of “American Sniper,” the hit movie based on legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name. Basically, the veteran asserted that those who have attacked Kyle and the film are completely missing the point.


The author, who signed the post “Grifter,” first praised “American Sniper” because it “finally depicts WHY coming home is the hardest part for most of us.” For him, portraying the reality of how coming home is “almost impossible” for combat veterans is the most significant message in the movie, and one that is being overlooked by many.

Grifter is reportedly a Marine Corps veteran and has served in the special operations community, requiring him to maintain anonymity. The post on OAFNation.com is titled, “American Sniper: The Voice of Veterans.”

You can read the whole thing here.

Part of the Marine’s letter, from OAF Nation, reads:

American Sniper, though being marketed as a hero movie, goes far beyond that. It isn’t an action movie. Yes, there IS action in the film; but it’s not the sole focus. I can see a lot of people leaving the movie disappointed because there wasn’t as much running and gunning as in say, Act of Valor or Lone Survivor.


What the movie accomplishes, for me and for US is that it finally depicts WHY coming home is the hardest part for most of us. So many movies in Hollywood either touch briefly on the subject, but miss the mark. The Hurt Locker, love it or hate it, has a very poignant scene in the grocery store where Renner’s character has returned from a tour in Iraq and life seems mundane and boring compared to the excitement and rush of defusing bombs. The premise is botched in that, most veteran’s aren’t missing the experience because they’re bored and need an adrenaline rush; they miss their brothers and that bond that frankly WILL NEVER be experienced here at home. THAT is the drug for which most of us are fiending.

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The whole point of the film, according to the Marine, is to show why coming home is the hardest part for so many. And that doesn’t just mean PTSD, although that is a part of it. The wider and weightier point is to show what it means to be a human being.

To those that saw it as more “pro Bush/Iraq/Right Wing/anti-Muslim” political statement and wants to bash it and our military, I say this:

The movie wasn’t for you. It was for the guy with mud on his boots and a hole in his heart, and for the families that are left to pick up the pieces. Go back to your latte.

If I could, I would also like to draw your attention to the less well-know movie, “Collecting Sgt. Dan.”

“Collecting Sgt. Dan” is the culmination of a nearly three year effort to share the life of Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel J. Patron, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, who was killed in action on August 6, 2011, while attempting to dismantle an improvised explosive device in Helmand province, Afghanistan. His older brother, Matt, wrote and directed the professionally made, originally scored, film as a way to explain to his young children who their uncle was. But Matt has accomplished much more than that. He has created an enduring, permanent legacy to his brother that teaches the meaning and significance of heroism and, thereby, what it means to be an American.

Sgt. Dan served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, volunteering to extend his deployment, in the last regard, because “if it’s me, it’s not someone else.” To reflect on that is to contemplate the good, the beautiful, and the true. It is to know human excellence, and the best of the distinctly American character. We only come to understand the meaning and significance of heroism, in other words, by knowing heroes. Writing or talking about heroism, after all, is never done in any complete or satisfactory way. But when we see one, intimately and profoundly, we recognize it clearly for what it is without blemish, doubt, or hesitation.

Through the director’s love and dedication, he has helped us know Sgt. Dan better by collecting many of the pieces and parts in one place. That is, he has shown us a hero, and much more.

I highly recommend you see both of these films.

You can watch the trailer below.

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