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Topic - Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll is well-known in veterans' circles as the founder of a vast organization that provides grief counseling and help for thousands of families of fallen military members.
The Supreme Court ruled decisively Wednesday that a fringe anti-gay group has a constitutionally protected right to stage hateful protests at the funerals of dead soldiers, saying "such speech cannot be restricted simply because it is upsetting or arouses contempt."
"We really just had the same fears, the same concerns, the same questions," Carroll said. "It became very apparent that that was a strong source of comfort, to speak with another person who can validate and normalize your own feelings."
Carroll said her organization always seeks pictures and anecdotes from grieving families and encourages them to honor a soldier's life rather than dwell on the trauma of a death.