WOMEN: America’s Last Best Hope
On September 11, 2001, Kimberly’s life was turned upside down when a passenger jet flew into the United States Pentagon where her husband Derek, an officer in the United States Air Force was stationed. Through a series of miracles, he came home safe and that was a major turning point in their family. Kimberly became determined to do everything in her power to ensure that her children remained free. This determination led her to an intense study of American history, the U.S. Constitution, public policy and a desire to become actively involved in government and civic responsibility.
Kimberly has over 17 years’ experience in grassroots activism, including working with two presidential campaigns and serving as director of operations for the 2008 McCain/Palin Victory Center in Dayton, Ohio. She helped organize and build the Dayton Tea Party to over 15,000 members through their focus on education and local issues and served as Vice President of the Dayton Tea Party from 2009 to 2010. Kimberly and her husband Derek live with their children in Omaha, Nebraska where her husband retired from the United States Air Force after 27 years of service which included serving on the Inaugural Committee for George W. Bush, Combat Camera Liaison for the Pentagon Press Core, several deployments and a tour of duty in Iraq.
World Changer: A Mother’s Story
Karen Vaughn is the mother of fallen US 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 chopper (call sign Extortion 17) carrying thirty Americans was shot from the sky while rushing into battle. Losing Aaron changed everything...and put Karen on a new path.
Over the past seven years, Karen has emerged on the national scene as a powerful spokeswoman for not only our defenders still fighting on foreign soil and securing peace across the globe, but also as an advocate for a better, stronger, more resilient America.
Carrying on Aaron’s legacy has brought this Gold Star mother through the halls of Congress, into private meetings with Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump, into two National Press Conferences, onto dozens of national television sets, including CNN, NBC, The Blaze, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel and more. She’s had well over one hundred appearances on national radio programs and has been featured on large stages across this country as a keynote speaker, including a guest speaker position during opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Karen has served as a keynote speaker for Fairway Independent Mortgage’s American Warrior Initiative since January 2017 and launched AWI’s Freedom Tour in January 2018. She also serves as the Vice President of Moms For America and Moms March USA, a national movement of mothers determined to reclaim our culture for truth, family and freedom.
She has been married to Billy Vaughn for thirty-eight years and still believes her greatest accomplishment on earth was raising her three children, Aaron, Tara, and Ana. www.officialkarenvaughn.com