Parents of fallen SEAL will speak in Hollis
Three months later, a Chinook military helicopter carrying a group of soldiers to Wardak Province in Central Afghanistan to back up a unit of Army Rangers was shot down. All 38 people on board were killed, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6.
Fellow SEALS and other military personnel openly grieved on Facebook and in other online tributes. Over time, the families of some of those lost in the attack began to ask questions and then demand answers about what happened.
The Vaughns, who have been sharply critical of the Obama administration’s actions in the wake of the SEAL Team 6 raid in Pakistan, also have been embraced by Tea Party groups who welcome their criticism of the President.
Family members of those who died in the helicopter attack were given 1,300 pages of information from the official investigation, and Vaughn used those documents in researching and writing “Betrayed.”
The Vaughns, as well as other parents of the SEALs who died, have other questions about the mission. They wonder about the use of an old cargo helicopter to carry the SEALS into the area where there was fighting.
Pelham resident Denise Gionet, a medical support assistant at the Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center and the head of New Hampshire’s Gold Star Mothers, understands what the Vaughns and other families have been through. Her son, Daniel, an army medic, died on June 4, 2006, when an explosion hit his tank as it was traveling in Taji, Iraq.
Still, Gionet had other questions.
“They say they can’t tell us everything because of security reasons, but you absolutely want to know,” she said.