Karen Vaughn, Senior Military Families Advisor for Concerned Veterans for America, is the mother of fallen Navy SEAL, Aaron Carson Vaughn (SEAL Team VI). On August 6, 2011, Aaron was killed in action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a helicopter (call sign Extortion 17) carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky as it entered a heated battle zone. The day Aaron’s life ended Karen’s began again.
In the months following this devastating loss Karen and her husband, Billy, began searching for answers. What they learned was life-altering. They quickly came face-to-face with their worst nightmare: The downing of Extortion 17 was at best unnecessary and at worst, a negligent, reckless loss of life.
With countless major television and radio appearances over the past three years, including Fox & Friends, Huckabee, Hannity’s America, The Kelly File, The Willis Report, and more, Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman for not only our defenders still fighting in Afghanistan and securing peace across the globe, but also for the freedoms and prosperity here at home so many have sacrificed their lives to protect.
Karen Vaughn is a political and cultural analyst whose personal commentary has been featured on many national media outlets, including several articles on military affairs that have gone viral. She’s also a contributing columnist for The Blaze and Breitbart News.
Through the lens of hope and grave personal loss, her message is inspired by the firm belief that a representative republic is the noblest form of government ever devised by man and therefore, demands protection.