HUNTERSVILLE – The parents of a Navy SEAL who perished in a mission referred to as Extortion 17 will be the guest speakers at the next Lake Norman Conservatives meeting.
Karen and Billy Vaughn, the parents of the late Aaron Carson Vaughn, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Fox and Hound Huntersville off Lindholm Drive.
Extortion 17 is considered the greatest one-day loss in Naval Special Warfare history. Navy SEALS involved in the plane crash were responsible for killing terrorist Osama bin Laden.
The fallen soldier’s parents opted to visit the lake area after meeting Lake Norman Conservatives co-founder Vallee Bubak through retired Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith, Bubak said.
“That prompted me to reach out to the Vaughns to see if they would be interested in coming to our community to speak about Extortion 17, what they have learned as military parents, and the challenges facing our military today,” Bubak said, an offer the two graciously accepted.
Interest in the Lake Norman Conservatives has risen since its inception, Bubak added.
“Our group is having a great time getting to know more people in our community and providing an upbeat venue for those who desire to learn more about issues impacting our region, state and nation, she said.” The interest in our first three meetings demonstrates a growing desire among citizens to come together to learn more about their government – whether it’s the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, challenges facing our military, or the federal mandate of education standards called ‘Common Core.’”
Bubak, Sharon Hudson, Carol Gibbons and Mary Lou Richardson founded the group late last year.
More than 160 people visited the first meeting Jan. 30, Hudson said. Those interested in attending the next event can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-763-9113.
The group’s issues extend beyond politics, Hudson said.
“We are all involved in the fight against the toll lanes on I-77,” she said. “Because of that, we’ve met lots of new people and found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents share many of the same concerns. Also, a large number of people don’t feel represented by any party.
“Our hope was that by meeting in a restaurant that allows casual dress with no cover fee we could attract new faces. People who are interested in issues, but who might not normally come to a political meeting.