Parents of Slain Navy Seal Speak to Brevard Group
By Space Coast Daily // September 11, 2013
PARENTS STILL SEEKING ANSWERS
ABOVE VIDEO: Following his speech to a group in Brevard County, Billy Vaughn describes his frustration with the U.S. Government and the conflicting reports received regarding the death of his son, Aaron.
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — Parents of slain NAVY SEAL Aaron Vaughn spoke last night to an ACT for America’s Space Coast Chapter regarding multiple mysteries surrounding their son’s death.
For years, Aaron Vaughn of Stuart, Florida dreamed of being a NAVY Seal. Despite a devastating knee injury.
Aaron reached his dream of joining the elite unit, and he became a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including the Joint Service Achievement Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Service) Medal, Global War on Terrorism (Expeditionary) Medal, and numerous other personal and unit decoration. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.”
Aaron’s life ended tragically when he was killed August 6, 2011. A Chinook chopper carrying 30 American troops was shot down in Afghanistan. In front of a group of approximately 50 members of ACT’ for America’s Space Coast Chapter. Among the Grievances the Vaughn’s listed were:
- The antiquated helicopter which transported their son to his mission wasn’t provided with an escort and wasn’t equipped to defend itself against incoming fire.
- The ramp ceremony for their son and other NAVY Seals included a speech by an Imam which may have contained anti-American sentiment.
- Conflicting reports surrounding the strike that occurred during the mission.
- Rules of engagement prevented their son and his unit from propery defending themselves against incoming fire from rocket launchers.
- The SEAL’s reactionary for Vaughn joined didn’t have a clear mission.
Below is an excerpt from Karen and Billy Vaughn’s website regarding the mysteries surrounding their son’s death.
Our son, Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Carson Vaughn (DEVGRU), was one of America’s most elite warriors… one of the 300. He was engaged kinetically in the Global War on Terror and his heart beat passionately for the republic he loved. On 6 Aug, 2011 he, along with 29 other rough, fearless, American warriors, stepped into a CH-47D Chinook chopper in the black of night and headed to a mission from which they would never return.
As we began searching for answers, our eyes were opened to vile atrocities being played out on America’s military. We quickly came face-to-face with our worst nightmare…our boys shouldn’t have died that night. The downing of Extortion 17 was at best unnecessary and at worst a negligent, reckless loss of life.
Political games, criminal Rules of Engagement and Washington’s total, wanton lack of regard for the battles our fearless warriors face on a nightly basis finally culminated in the greatest one-day loss of life in the history of Naval Special Warfare. If these atrocities had ended on August 6, 2011, our battle would never have begun. But multitudes since have breathed their last –at the hands of the same disgusting lack of regard and/or criminal behavior. Our defenders deserve to be defended. The burden of their covering rests on us, the patriots of this nation. It is imperative that we stand together and demand change.
Although we cannot be engaged in this war kinetically as Aaron was, we must be engaged culturally. We are fighting the fight and we need your help. Please know that your donation will go directly to heart of the battle as we diligently and continually travel to meet with members of Congress, retired and active military leaders, families of fallen heroes, and many others. We travel wherever requested, usually without any form of reimbursement, to inform and enlighten civic organizations on the information we’ve collected as well as actions we’ve initiated. We’re constantly reminded of the famous quote, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”
For Our Son…and so many others like him,
– Billy & Karen Vaughn
BELOW VIDEO: Billy & Karen Vaughn’s tribute video to their son, Aaron.