ULM Veterans Day Service speaker is mother of fallen Navy SEAL

Nov 8, 2018

ULM Office of Marketing and Communications Faculty, staff and retirees of the University of Louisiana Monroe who are U.S. veterans or on active duty will be honored at the Veterans Day Service at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

The service will be in the Conference Center on the seventh floor of the library. Guest speaker will be Karen Vaughn, the mother of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, who was a member of SEAL Team 6. On Aug. 6, 2011, Vaughn and 29 others were killed when their helicopter, Extortion 6, was shot down in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

It is the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. Aaron Vaughn was 30 and is survived by his wife Kimberly, a son and a daughter. Karen Vaughn is the national and international spokesperson for the American Warrior Initiative. She is a Gold Star Mother and speaks across the country. She was the keynote speaker on the opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention. She’s been on CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, NBC and more than 100 radio programs. Vaughn and her husband of 37 years, Billy, also have two daughters, Tara and Ana.