It’s with the blessing of the Chapman family that I’m honored to share with you the inspiration behind “Bleed”.
I’d like to share the story about my childhood classmate lost in the early days after Sept 11th. We were not “formally” in a war yet, but a few brave men were sent on a high priority mission in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan.
I can never shake hearing his name on the morning news. I was sure it was another John “Chappy” Chapman. But it wasn’t. He left behind a wife and two young girls.
John was an Air Force Combat Controller embedded with the SEALs. Though I hadn’t seen him since high school, I was forever changed by his selfless sacrifice. For years, and even now — I have a hard time watching any movies depicting SEALs in Afghanistan.
John, is the inspiration for “Bleed”, and I wanted to share this hero’s story.
I still have a wonderful picture of Johnny holding a young Afghan girl on his lap. He’s suited up in all his bad guy gear and filthy from being in the desert for months. That picture shows how our elite fighters truly are… bad ass warriors who do what they must to protect the innocent.
Thanks for taking a minute to read about John — a true American hero. There’s a book out now and talks of a movie.
– Dan Tracey, Save The World