Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon.
Beck’s Career included:
13 Deployments, including 7 combat deployments
Served on elite special forces Navy SEALs teams Six, Five, and One
Awarded the Bronze Star with valor, the Purple Heart and many other honors
But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.
This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristin’s family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.
Listed on Huffington Post’s
“10 Films Every Human Rights Advocate Should Watch”
FOUR STARS! “Lady Valor ultimately sells hope” — New York Daily News
“A powerful documentary” — Huffington Post
“Inspiring… her hard-won wholeness challenges each of us to our own gender bravery.”— Psychology Today
“Poignant” — The Buffalo News
“Fascinating tale” — The Boston Globe
“Comprehensive and compassionate” — Edge, San Francisco
“There is no trace of bitterness, no subtext of resentment… Which is why this film about pain will leave most in the audience smiling.” — The Austin Chronicle
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