Mother Of A Fallen SEAL’s Plea To You: Listen And Help

The mother of fallen Navy SEAL, Aaron Vaughn, is collecting stories from the men and women returning from, or still on, the front lines.  Karen Vaughn is collecting these stories to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Please read the deeply moving letter below from Karen Vaughn, whose son, Aaron, was killed last year in Afghanistan, along with 16 of his fellow elite Navy SEALs in the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.  It is a letter that should be read and shared by every American who enjoys the security and freedom our soldiers protect every day.

Today, like every day, I miss my son.  I miss his laughter.  I miss his smile.  I miss his sense of humor and impeccable timing.  I miss our conversations.  I miss his passion and intensity.  I miss the way he could go from zero to one hundred when someone spoke an improper word about something important to him.  I miss his crazy driving and most of all I miss his heart, which was so overflowing with love and compassion.

I also miss what will never be.  I miss the fact that one day his daughter will walk down the aisle and he won’t be there.  I miss, on Reagan’s behalf, that his daddy will never watch him score a touchdown, learn to drive a car, or fall in love.  I miss that Kimberly will never again be able to share the amazing joys that only parents understand…. “Reagan learned to tie his shoe today,” or “Chamberlyn rode the bike without training wheels.”  I especially miss all the Christmas mornings for the rest of their childhoods when they run down the stairs, but daddy is not there.

I miss what would have been….family vacations, memories, laughter, pictures, love.

I miss that my daughters will have to bury Billy and I one day and their big, strong, larger-than-life brother won’t be there to walk beside them and help them through.

Today I attended the funeral of another fallen special forces operator.  As I listened to his family and teammates describe this amazing man, I couldn’t help but think: “Why is it always the men like him who fall?”  The great ones who walk among us who were “too good for this world” according to Hebrews 11:38.  And then I realized; only the greatest among us would storm the gates of hell for the undeserving; the pot-smoking punk still living in his parent’s basement, the disrespectful teen who can’t be bothered to pull his pants up or answer with a “yes sir” or “no ma’m, the “occupier” who cries on the street for justice but rapes the woman protesting beside him, the list goes on….

And then this evening I received the email below and my heart sank lower than I thought was possible:

Dear Karen,

My name is Cheryl Sitton and my son, SSG Matthew Sitton, was KIA on 02 August 2012. On 04 June 2012 he wrote an email to Congressman Bill Young seeking support and help in reference to the senseless and deadly missions he was required to put his men through.  He told of how they were required to perform foot patrols in empty compounds and grape rows littered with IED’s just to meet a set mandate of a certain number of patrols for a certain amount of time.  He shared how they had to patrol in urine and feces soaked uniforms just to meet this mandate.  And all with no end state in mind.

Congressman Young took Matt’s letter to the Pentagon for it only to fall on deaf ears.  Two months later my son and his 1st Sgt Russell Bell were killed in the exact way Matt had warned and feared for his men. 

Cheryl Sitton

There’s more, but as I read this first portion, I felt like I could literally vomit.  I want to scream.  I want to hit the pause button and fight for these men until someone listens! Please, for the love of God…. listen!  And ACT!

Billy voiced our hearts on Hannity’s America this past Wednesday perfectly when he said, “We want some high ranking military officer to have the courage to risk all and scream out, ‘What is happening to our warriors?’  Somebody, please have the courage to protect our warriors instead of protecting this commander in chief and his cronies.”

And then…just before I “thought” I was going to bed tonight, I decided to check our blog and found the following comment: “sorry you lost your son. But making his death a matter of Democrats v Republicans cheapens his loss.”  And that was it.  My reply?  “Nothing will EVER cheapen the loss our family has endured.  What grieves me most as Aaron’s mother (you know…the one who gave birth to him, rocked him to sleep hundreds, if not thousands of times, sat up with him when he had a nightmare or was running a fever, coached his pee-wee basketball team, sat at the dinner table year after year making sure his homework was done, loaned him the car for his first date, never missed a football game for 7 years (home or away), prayed with him when he received Christ, cried with him when his heart broke, shared every victory and every defeat with him, danced with him at his wedding to “Thanks Again,” hugged him goodbye for the final time in June of last year, and yes, buried him) is that he freely gave his life so someone like YOU would be ensured the freedom to visit HIS personal site for no purpose except to spew a disgustingly insensitive comment toward his parents.  I pity you.  You are a sad, sad human being.  But….he died for you, so go ahead, tell me more about what I’m doing to cheapen his ‘loss’ (whatever that means).” 

Here’s my point.  It’s NEVER been about parties to this family.  It’s about HUMAN BEINGS who are being sacrificed on the alter of narcissism and idiotic ideology where we call evil good and good evil!


These great men (and great women) are fighting for and dying for …US.  It has become glaringly clear to me that our high ranking military officials have no plans to defend those great patriots whose faces are actually marred by war.  They’re far too busy securing their mortgages and pompous life styles to risk anything in order to fulfill the oath they took when they strapped up their boots for the very first time.

And this administration?  Pure, unadulterated evil.  Cover-ups, scandals, finger-pointing, football-spiking, lying, apologizing, throwing each other under the bus, and most importantly, risking our nation as we know it by REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR ENEMY.

As my husband first said, and now I’ve repeated many times as I speak across the states….On September 11, 2001, our government was helpless to stop any one of the four attacks on our soil.  BUT, on flight 93, a group of American citizens counted the cost, answered the call, stood up, gave ALL, and changed the history of this nation.

Billy & I have rolled a snowball.  It needs to become an avalanche and we need your help.

We’d like to collect as many stories as possible from the men and women returning from or still on the front lines who aren’t able to speak for themselves.  Please post the stories here, using anonymity where necessary.  Please don’t use names unless the soldier is deceased, having nothing more to lose.  America needs to know what’s happening to our defenders.  They deserve a voice.

Karen Vaughn (& Billy)

UPDATE: (By Jim) As you may recall, I interviewed Karen Vaughn, mother of fallen Navy Seal of Aaron Carson Vaughn, in Tampa in August. Karen was visibly upset about Barack Obama’s campaign ad “One Chance.” Karen and Billy Vaughn lost their son Aaron last year in Afghanistan.

Thank you Karen and Billy Vaughn for your heroism and sacrifice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  • Path

    God Bless. I believe everything you are trying to alert people to. When the muslim brotherhood is a part of the White House, our solders pay the price. It’s not right. I believe the Obama, Holder, et al belong in jail for what they are doing to this great country and to it’s men and women in our military.

  • ponderon

    Fatalities are now up 410% under Obama,wounded soldiers are up nearly 1200% under Obama,suicide rates among our soldiers have increased to levels never seen before…….My old heart breaks for this family and other military families who have lost their sons because of this regime’s rules of engagement…………..

  • American Woman

    God bless the souls of our brave men and women, who have made the greatest sacrifice to bring freedom and democracy to foreign lands. (Eternal be their memories.)

    God comfort and protect those, who loved them and love them still.


  • S. Wolf


    ‘The murder of Ambassador Stevens at Benghazi is Obama’s October surprise gone bad thanks to two former SEALS who were not supposed to be at Benghazi. But then I ran to the end of the story so let’s back fill the datapoints.

    A lot of datapoints, Benghazi, President Morsi, SEALS, blind iman, 14 minute You Tube video; withdrawal of security from embassy, October surprise and Obama’s October surprise.

    Wonder which story makes more sense? Mine of the one the WH spins every day that keeps changing as the lies are exposed.’

    Two SEALs ruin October Surprise

    There seems to be a covert war going on between SEALs and the Hussein regime.

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  • Campfollower

    As a Marine widow, I wake up each morning thinking almost all the thoughts this lovely woman has expressed here. As a columnist for a small newspaper, I try to shed more light on these topics and more for my civilian readers who have forgotten about those who still sacrifice.

    Every so often, moments in time come together and a snowball starts, and people talk and things happen because of that. Maybe if military families can come together on her website and share information in such a way that still honors the ideals we’ve all fought for throughout our time in service, someone like Mitt Romney might be elected and reverse all of the BS this current administration has perpetrated on our loved ones.

    I live for the day Mr. Romney stands before our great Marines as CinC, honors them, and announces a special place in his heart for Navy Corpsmen, prounounced ad nauseum CORRECTLY, to highlight that, despite his career in civilian jobs, he CARES enough to FIND OUT how to pronounce the title of the guys who SAVE American lives EVERY DAY in his horrid, awful, BS, politcally correct version of the war on terror….er, I mean the war on man-caused disasters. And I want Mitt to stand up and say our Tricare won’t be cut or altered, the backlog of VA claims is back on the front burner and I could go on. Thanks for being our voices, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn.

  • American Woman

    Petraeus Betrays the Troops Daily.

    Petraeus is Obama’s man.

    All Obama needed was a progressive journalist to destroy the reputation of the brave pro-American leader, General Stanley McChrystal. Shortly after Obama took office, Rolling Stone provided one, with help from the White House to set up the interview parameters. All planned and plotted….

    It was America’s great loss when Obama replaced McChrystal with the sycophantic Petraeus.

    Obama needed Petraeus in charge, because they share an adoration of Islamic fascism. Daily, Petraeus and his chain of command put the lives of our troops below the lives of our enemies. It is a travesty, and not one of our military leaders will break rank and call them on it.

    Petraeus joins the Obama Administration in pretending that the war in Afghanistan is winding down, as he works to turn the futures of innocent Afghan girls over to the terrorists in the Taliban.

    Afghan security forces are slaughtering American troops. The numbers of our soldiers killed by “green on blue” attacks this year keep rising.

    All of it follows the planning of our current leadership in the Pentagon:
    Pentagon orders Islamic sensitivity training for U.S. troops after Afghans murder them

    Our current military leaders (who call the shots in Afghanistan) are a disgrace and a far cry from the brave military leaders, who have led our troops throughout our history. They lack the moral character of the troops they lead, and their names will eventually go down in infamy as a band of cowards.

    My heart breaks for those, who were betrayed.

  • bg


    get back to work #10 October 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    oh right, pictures, and why not smell-a-vision??

    i mean, he only DIED because he LIED protecting your freedom to post
    your imbecilic, doubting thomas, makes no sense, opinion.. because we
    all well know there’s a laundromat on every corner in A-stan, especially
    out in the mountains or dessert valley’s.. praying for your soul, it has to
    be in deep to come up with some of the crap you sling around in here..


  • bg


    re: S. Wolf #24 – page 1 October 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Obama Politicizes The Sacrifices Of The SEALs—Again

    [“Woods and Doherty weren’t part of the detail, nor were they personally
    responsible for the ambassador’s security, but they stepped into the breach
    when the attacks occurred and their actions saved the lives of others,” an
    unnamed U.S. official told the Washington Guardian.

    So as the consulate was pummeled with mortar fire from an organized
    al-Qaida terrorist attack, the two men, with no preparation and no ground
    intelligence, just plain stepped forward without any obligation to do so, and
    died defending the U.S. after the non-U.S. contractors who were paid to do
    that ran away.

    Such information ought to get out, because these men died heroes. They
    didn’t have to be there, but they went anyway defending against a terrorist
    attack that can only be compared to the Alamo.

    more at link, here, and here, in connecting links, and threads..


  • Jeepers

    bg….or anyone else who responds to this bilge spewer “get back to work”

    “It” is just looking for a fight, as all liberals do. I believe this wonderful woman Karen, writing the above, describes this POS best…start reading at “pot smoking punk”…end at “forever”.

    I, however, won’t be so kind as to say I pray for “it’s” soul…it has none. I pray for those that may encounter it, and it’s kind. God will deal with this vermin in due time.

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  • S. Wolf

    bg #29

    re as the consulate was pummeled with mortar fire from an organized al-Qaida terrorist attack


    Egyptian Salafist Muhammad Al-Zawahiri, Brother of Al-Qaeda Leader: We Don’t Recognize Elections or President Morsi; Calls for Jihad against the Jews

    His brother was freed from prison by Morsi. All kinds of connections with Obama as you know. Seems to be some quid pro quo going on between the Hussein regime, the MB and al Qaeda.

    get back to work #31

    re I served and retired

    Can you prove that? Name, rank, branch of service, dates of service, action seen. Otherwise it is just family lore. 😉

  • juneslili

    May the good Lord Bless you, and keep you. You will see him again. Christ and your son live forever in heaven and you will too. God has a plan and a hope for you both, and as a voice and hope for others. My heart grieves for you. As a Christian though, we know that this world is but a small time. We do not know why things happen as they do– and we see through a glass darkly, but soon one day–face to face. When God will wipe all the tears away. I am glad to have some small glimpse into the wonderful man you speak of— your son. My prayers are with you.

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  • Hopeful

    The idea that there is a rule about so-many-patrols per time-unit is infuriating and sick-making. Also, *Sole Survivor*, the book about the Seal unit that was decimated because of impossible odds talked about the rules of engagement tying their hands and exposing them to unnecessary danger. I don’t know whether things changed from Bush to Obama– I wish there was a way to know.

  • bg


    S. Wolf #33 – page 2 October 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm


    thanks, and being we do know so much, i still can’t get the following
    out of my mind, because it fits in somewhere, and it’s a scary place..

    conicdences or what??

    not the first time things have more or less
    “coordinated” themselves out of the blue
    so to speak..


  • bg


    Hopeful #36 – page 2 October 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    this may give you a clue..

    August 20, 2010

    bit more here and here..


  • bg


    October 16, 2012

    “completely out of touch”

    [Someone should ask Obama if that is the reason he has personally
    ignored Sean Smith’s mother’s repeated requests for answers pursuant
    to the murder of her son. Someone should explain to Obama that it is
    either because he agrees that it isn’t a big deal or that he simply isn’t
    concerned about the suffering of Mrs. Smith or both.

    October 12, 2012

    Obama Has Time For Sandra Fluke But Not Military

    [It is no secret about Obama’s belief that America owes the world an apology because we have been successful and blessed to enjoy a standard of life that far exceeds most of the rest of the world. It is also no secret that Obama accuses America of practicing colonialism and same is the reason for her success. And it has been made abundantly clear that he has no respect for our military.


    The list of the insults Obama has effected on our military and their families goes back years, but nothing makes me angrier than what Obama is doing and has done to those who suffered the terrorist attack by Nidal Hasan. Obama’s actions are an insult for which he should be driven from office in shame.

    His actions from the very beginning have been an insult to our military. He told Congress that they should not leap to conclusions or make public statements condemning Hasan as a Muslim terrorist. I’m not making it up–that’s what he said. But that pales in comparison to what he is doing to those attacked by Hasan.

    The wife of Sgt. Shawn Manning is fighting for official military recognition for the victims of the attack. Her husband was shot six times by Hasan while Shawn was serving on-duty at Fort Hood.

    Now, thanks to the yeoman efforts of Sgt. Manning’s wife, information is coming out that Obama has not only ignored those wounded and murdered, but he has refused to acknowledge their sacrifice.]

    much more at link..

    November 10, 2009

    Thank you former President George W.
    Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush

    [As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this
    week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood
    and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.


    The Bushes went and met privately with these families for
    HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.

    If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the
    Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that
    a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about
    the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told
    about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these
    good, good people.

    You may be as surprised by this as we are ourselves, but from this day
    forward George W. and Laura Bush are now on the same list for us as
    the Clintons, the Palins, and other political figures we keep in our hearts
    and never allow anyone to badmouth.

    Criticize their policies academically and intelligently and discuss the
    Bush presidency in historical and political terms…but you mess with
    the Bushes personally and, from this day forward, you’ll answer to

    We hope someday to be able to thank George W. and Laura in person
    for all they’ve done, and continue to do. They didn’t have to head to
    Ft. Hood. That was not their responsibility.

    The Obamas should have done that.

    But didn’t.


    Thank goodness George W. is still on his
    watch, with wonderful Laura at his side.]

    there are more stories, but one can already see there is
    no comparison what-so-ever between these two CiC’s..

    Breaking the War Mentality

    by Barack Obama
    March 10, 1983

    [“In fact, Hitler did strengthen the German establishment, but not
    exactly in the way the bankers and businessmen had wanted; and
    now, fifty years later, it is clear who was using whom. [.] someone
    who leaves the established order in place


  • S. Wolf

    bg #37

    There are no coincidences. The only reasonable Oceam’s razor conclusion to make is that Obama is actively helping al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. They therefore have a part in his plans for America if he gets a second chance and more flexibility. Doubtless as enforcers of his dictates. Praetorian Guard thing. This is what I think. The war America has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will be brought to America with Obama arming the terrorists here just as he is arming them there. Yes, a scary place.

    get back to work #35

    I don’t have to take anything on face value and I don’t. You claimed you are a retired service member but refuse to prove it so I am calling it BS. Stolen valor. I’m sure you have medals you bought online. I realize proving it, if you can, would blow your anonymity but that’s your problem.