November 4th is right around the corner, and it's a reminder for me every year of the duty that I have as a citizen with rights. The right to vote is a sacred honor. Over 41 million Americans have strapped up a pair of combat boots and placed themselves between our citizenry and those who mean us harm. At the very least, we owe it to them to exercise the rights they fought for on our behalf.
Throughout U.S. history, over 1.3 million of those men and women have taken their last breath on the battlefield in order to preserve and protect that right. One of those men was my son, Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn.
As a mother, and as a woman, I'm especially cognizant of the rights fought for on my behalf. Consider the atrocities the suffragettes endured in order to secure our right to be heard in this nation; then explain to me, as a woman, what's keeping you away from the polls? Too busy? Too tired? There is no excuse that can outweigh what we owe those who gave us the freedom to participate in America's political process.
This nation was built as a Representative Republic. If we refuse to vote, we surrender our right to be represented.
The most recent video in our "We Didn't Fight For This" series features former Marine Colonel Eddie Ray. Col. Ray explains that failed direction and failed leadership have allowed a cancerous ISIS to spread throughout Iraq and Syria. We didn't fight so that poor strategy and leadership that isn't committed to its mission can squander the sacrifices so many gave.
The future of this nation's existence hangs in the balance, and it's largely due to an apathetic citizenry. We need to snap out of our pleasure-induced coma and fight for our preservation. There are no excuses! Get out and do your duty.
See you at the polls!
Senior Military Families Advisor
Concerned Veterans for America