Aaron Vaughn entered the Navy after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. After that, whenever he would leave his two children and wife, Kimberly, he left his wedding band at home with her in Virginia Beach as a constant reminder of their love.
It was a silver wedding band with her name engraved inside, and Kimberly, a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, used to wear it on her thumb.
In August, the ring was with his wife when Vaughn was among the members of Navy SEAL Team 6 killed when their helicopter was shot down.
Earlier this week, Kimberly says, she was “crushed” to find that she accidentally lost the band while flying home from Texas. To find it, she started a Facebook campaign, detailing every place she was that day.
Vaughn says she decided to start a social media campaign because it would be a way “to get a broad range of people to look at it, from people who work in airports to passengers who might have been on the plane.”
People began to spread the word on their Facebook pages and started sending messages of support, much as they did when her husband died.
“I don’t need a ring as a reminder of our love,” she says. “But it meant so much to me, and it is devastating to have it gone.”