Led by Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Congress has launched an investigation into the helicopter crash that killed 30 Americans in Afghanistan, including members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6, two years ago.
The victims’ families say the Pentagon hasn’t provided answers to their many questions about the deadly attack, which took place on Aug. 6, 2011, three months after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by Team 6 forces.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, told The Hill, “We’re going to dive into this.”
Chaffetz said he met with the victims’ families about a month ago in what he described as an “emotional” gathering. He is poised to send questions to the Pentagon and may hold hearings on the matter.
Charlie Strange, whose son Michael was among those killed, said he asked President Obama two years ago at Dover Air Force Base to fully investigate. The death toll in the crash was the largest of any single incident for the U.S. military during the Afghanistan war.
Obama praised Michael’s service to Strange, who responded, “I don’t need to know about my son. I need to know what happened to my son.”
Karen and Billy Vaughn, the parents of Aaron Vaughn, appeared on America Live with Megyn Kelly to talk about the investigation.
The families of the SEALs held a press conference back in May, alleging that the Regime was at least partially responsible for the deaths of their sons
Our son, Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Carson Vaughn (DEVGRU), was one of America’s most elite warriors… one of the 300. He was engaged kinetically in theGlobal War on Terror and his heart beat passionately for the republic he loved. On 6 Aug, 2011 he, along with 29 other rough, fearless, American warriors, stepped into a CH-47DChinook chopper in the black of night and headed to a mission from which they would never return.As we began searching for answers, our eyes were opened to vile atrocities being played out on America’s military. We quickly came face-to-face with our worst nightmare…our boys shouldn’t have died that night. The downing of Extortion 17 was at best unnecessary and at worst a negligent, reckless loss of life.
Political games, criminal Rules of Engagement and Washington’s total, wanton lack of regard for the battles our fearless warriors face on a nightly basis finally culminated in the greatest one-day loss of life in the history of Naval Special Warfare.If these atrocities had ended on August 6, 2011, our battle would never have begun. But multitudes since have breathed their last –at the hands of the same disgusting lack of regard and/or criminal behavior. Our defenders deserve to be defended. The burden of their covering rests on us, the patriots of this nation. It is imperative that we stand together and demand change.
Although we cannot be engaged in this war kinetically as Aaron was, we must be engaged culturally. We are fightingthe fight and we need your help.Please know that your donation will go directly to heart of the battle as we diligently and continually travel to meet with members of Congress, retired and active military leaders,families of fallen heroes, and many others. We travel wherever requested, usually without any form of reimbursement, toinform and enlighten civic organizations on the information we’ve collected as well as actions we’ve initiated. We’re constantly reminded of the famous quote, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”For Our Son…and so many others like him,Billy & Karen Vaughn