"We demand to know who made the call to send our sons into hostile territory where evidence proves a shootdown attempt had been in full force for weeks and in less-than-adequate, antiquated air frames documented to be in very poor condition," said Karen Vaughn, whose Navy SEAL son, Aaron, was killed.
"We also discovered that [the Chinook] entered the battle zone that night completely unescorted with no pre-assault fire," Ms. Vaughn said. "We were told pre-assault fire damaged our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our enemy. ... The operation was spun up with such urgency that many mistakes were made."