Karen Vaughn knows firsthand the pain of losing a loved one in the service of the nation.
Her son, Aaron Carson Vaughn, was a member of the elite of the elite – Navy SEAL Team 6 – and one of 30 American Special Forces personnel killed when their Chinook helicopter with call sign Extortion 17 was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2011.
Since the death of her son, Karen and her husband, Billy, have been tireless advocates not only for service members defending the nation – urging changes to crippling rules of engagement, for example – but also for the children of fallen heroes who are left behind.
Aaron’s wife, Kimberly, is now a single mother to Karen’s two grandchildren.
The void created for such children is the reason Karen, who has appeared before Congress and was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in 2016, is endorsing a new venture called Healing the Wounds.