defined: sniperscopes.

...Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave
— Francis Scott Key

For some, a small slice of heaven exists in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It is home of the Boston College Eagles. It is also where Superfans from the Class of 2011 proudly wear their gold shirts with the words "For Here All Are One" emblazoned on the back. It's not only a line in our fight song - For Boston - it's an ethos. Although the spirit for our athletic teams has been known to fade alongside our season records, our pride and sense of community is unwavering. Should a certain Leprechaun or Terrier yap at us about one of our teams, we promptly pull them apart with our Talons of Fury. (#HolyWars #SuckstoBU) 

Sniperscopes embody that same enduring pride. It's the tool we use to show our support, and, more importantly, our gratitude for the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. Sometimes our soldiers fall victim to the American way of out of sight, out of mind. Sniperscopes is the lens that pulls their story back into focus. Through this scope, we are able to feel connected with those who bravely wear our Team's away colors. 

James Fallows provides this fact in an article for The Atlantic: "A handful of Americans live on farms, but there are many more of them than serve in all branches of the military." Four million people on 2.1 million farms, versus the 1.4 million on active duty. It's a shocking realization, even for a girl who comes from Nebraska. It reinforces that although we are reverent, we are disconnected. We have fewer and fewer personal connections to those on the battlefield. Instead of waiting for a hug upon somebody's return, we are waiting for a headline to announce their return. A first hand account over the phone, versus a movie two years later. These details become the separating factors that define our personal stakes in the military. 

Hollywood and best-selling authors try to fill in those gaps, but they often fall short. It's a difficult task trying to build a connection with a person we will never meet. It's next to impossible to replicate that person's experiences while deployed. Special effects can only take us so far. The adrenaline of pulling the trigger faster than the enemy. The jarring moments produced by the cacophony of battle. The overwhelming relief of hearing helicopter rotors slice through the air above. These are parts of their story we will never fully comprehend. 

And we are lucky. Our soldiers experience these harsh realities and roller coasters of emotion so we can sleep peacefully at night and work towards the American Dream when we awake. It seems ironic that the struggle we face trying to convey our appreciation, is often reciprocated with a struggle to accept our gratitude. Soldiers don't feel like the heroes we view them to be. Many shy away with a humble reply and a quick change in topic. Sniperscopes help us see both perspectives are true: they are ordinary people, but they do extraordinary things.

"For Here All Are One." Sniperscopes prevent us from losing sight of that. Through its lens we remain united as a country, and become better Superfans for those who fight for Her. Our support doesn't dwindle because the game runs long, the calls get shaky, or the victories aren't grand. We might not all know a soldier personally, but we all know they are the reason America is the "...Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave." 

Sniperscopes: the Scope used to 1) thank all those - past and present - who have protected the American Dream and 2) feel a connection with the Team wearing our away colors