Author of "World Changer: A Mother's Story" and military advocate Karen Vaughn sits down for an emotional interview with Glenn Beck to discuss the moment she found out her son, Elite Navy SEAL Team IV member Aaron Carson Vaughn, had been killed in Afghanistan.
It was August 6, 2011, when the chopper carrying Vaughn along with 22 other Navy SEALS, and eight US service members was shot down with a rocket propelled grenade by insurgents over the Tangi River.
“Tell me about the day he died,” Glenn said.
“It was a Saturday morning August 6th, 2011 – we’re rolling up on the sixth anniversary, which is difficult for me to believe. My phone rang at 7:30 in the morning, and it was my husband, Billy, who was working 3,500 miles away from home,” said Vaughn.
“He called me and said, ‘Karen I have something to tell you, and I don’t want to.’ His breath was shaky, quivering; I couldn’t imagine what was about to come out of his mouth.”
Vaughn was a decorated Navy SEAL who had been deployed multiple times around the world on hundreds of missions throughout his 9-year career with the SEALS, something his grandmother said he’d wanted to do since he was a child.
“He finally got the words out and he said, ‘A helicopter was shot down last night and the more details that the news is revealing about the shoot down, the more it sounds like it could have been Aaron’s team.”
Vaughn described the sensations she began feeling as the hour unfolded and more news came out about the status of her son. Finally, at 8:30 in the morning Vaughn called Aaron's father-in-law who confirmed the worst.
“Listen to me,” he said over the phone. “Aaron was on the helicopter, and there were no survivors.”
“I can’t explain a moment like that other than it feels like you’re having an out of body experience. I remember my eyes just kept going black every time I blinked, my ears roaring trying to process what I’d heard. It seemed impossible. I could never imagine that it would be me it happened to.”