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THE COMPANION STORY TO “AMERICAN SNIPER” ABOUT NAVY SEAL RYAN “BIGGLES” JOB
An exhilarating story of a young Navy SEAL whose relentless faith transformed his life and inspired everyone who knew his courageous story.
Faith, duty, the belief you will come home and gratitude for life are the lessons here in Ryan Job’s story.
In A Warrior’s Faith, Ryan Job’s close friend, Robert Vera, recounts how the highly decorated Navy SEAL’s unstoppable sense of humour, positive attitude, and fierce determination helped him survive after being shot in the face by an enemy sniper on a roof in Ramadi, Iraq.
Though blinded, the irrepressible Job recovered from his wounds and began facing a new set of obstacles with his characteristic humor and resolve. He married the girl of his dreams, hunted elk, climbed Mt. Rainier, graduated college with honours, influenced countless people around him, and was looking forward to being a father—before his life was tragically cut short by a hospital medical error.
Vera’s raw, often funny, and heartfelt account of his friend’s life offers readers a way to find hope in the middle of life’s raging storms.
The biggest film in America has a companion story you must know. “American Sniper” follows the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most deadly sniper in American history and his Navy SEAL Team 3 brothers. What people don’t know is that Chris risked his life to save Ryan’s.
The movie version of “American Sniper” was adapted from Kyle’s New York Times #1 best selling book, which was dedicated to Kyle’s NAVY Seal teammate and close friend Ryan “Biggles” Job (pronounced Jobe), a central character in both the book and film. Hollywood actor Jake McDorman portrayed Ryan Job in the film version, while “American Sniper” co-producer Bradley Cooper plays Kyle, although it captures the impact of their story, it is not entirely accurate.
Robert Vera, who was also friendly with Chris Kyle, says that the runaway success of the film “American Sniper” and seeing his friends portrayed on the silver screen has taken him by surprise. “The movie was a little eerie for me, it was like seeing a ghost because Jake McDorman actually looked and sounded a lot like Ryan”.
In the movie, Ryan Job (or “Biggles,” played by Jake McDorman) is shot in the head and blinded by Syrian sniper Mustafa but survives long enough to propose to his girlfriend. He dies soon after, and that death defines Kyle’s fourth tour in Iraq and spurs him to seek revenge against Mustafa. In reality, according to Kyle’s memoir, the Navy discharged Biggles from service following his injury. The ex-SEAL attended college, began a career, and got married before dying following facial reconstruction surgery while his wife was pregnant with their first child.*
Chris Kyle and Ryan Job were SEAL teammates on SEAL Team 3. The two were on a rooftop in Ramadi, Iraq when Job was shot in the face and gravely wounded by an enemy sniper. Job miraculously survived and was saved by Chris who came to his rescue but was rendered permanently blind in the incident, captured in one of the movie’s most harrowing sequences.
MEET the AUTHOR WHO ATTENDED THE FUNERALS OF BOTH CHRIS KYLE AND RYAN “BIGGLES” JOB, Robert Vera.
Robert Vera, is the author of A Warrior’s Faith: Navy SEAL Ryan Job, a Life-Changing Firefight, and the Belief That Transformed His Life.
Ryan Job’s real-life story is more complex, more inspiring and in some ways even more tragic than Chris Kyle’s, says Vera, who pays tribute to his fallen friend in a new book; “A Warrior’s Faith: Navy SEAL Ryan Job, a Life-Changing Firefight, and the Belief That Transformed His Life” “I hope that readers will come away as inspired by Ryan’s courage, determination, and faith, as I was,” Vera said.
Shortly after returning stateside for facial reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation, Ryan Job settled with his wife in Scottsdale, where he attended Scottsdale Bible Church, became involved in wounded veteran’s causes and befriended Robert Vera. Vera, a former U.S. Senate aide on military affairs, trained with Ryan in the hills around Phoenix for Job’s blind hike to the summit of Mt. Rainier. At 14, 411 feet Mt. Rainier is one the most challenging and deadliest peaks in America. Also, an avid hunter, the totally blind former SEAL also managed to successfully hunt a massive 980-pound bull elk. Vera and Job were close friends and trained together to race Ironman triathlons. Ryan earned his college degree with honors and served as a spokesman for disabled veterans organization called “Camps for Patriots” to regain a purpose in life. camppatriot.org where Vera is heavily involved today.
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Vera gave the eulogy at Ryan’s funeral in Scottsdale that was attended by several hundred Navy SEALs from around the globe. He was also in attendance at Kyle’s funeral service in Texas in 2013.
“A Warrior’s Faith” chronicles’ Job’s amazing life from the time he was wounded and made blind to his summit climb of Mt. Rainier and his elk hunting adventure, all while blind, his unstoppable spirit and unshakable faith, until his tragic death in 2009. It is available now, and Vera is available for book signings and speaking engagements.
Robert Vera has enjoyed a twenty-year career in the banking industry. In 2006 he took a leap of faith to follow his dream to become an entrepreneur. Robert serves on a number of non-profit boards and as a mentor to returning veterans. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College. He is married with two children and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. His life has been forever changed by knowing and telling Ryans story and example of true faith and living in knowingness.
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This is truly a story of living and valuing life in every way, living in faith of trust and divine knowingness, it moved me greatly. Sara Troy Self Discovery Radio host.
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