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Written by Susan Price, A National Gold Star Mother   

Susan is a National Gold Star Mother and resides in the Tampa Bay Florida area. An Army Veteran and the daughter of a Marine. She is also the Mother of a Fallen Marine Hero, Aaron M Kenefick, USMC. KIA 8 September 2009, Kunar Province Afghanistan.

Aaron will forever be tied to the two living Medal of Honor recipients Marine Sgt Dakota Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson for their roles played out during the Ganjgal Ambush one of the largest tragic loses during the Afghanistan war.

Susan is a Veterans advocate and a National voice. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, and other national media, in television, newspaper, and radio. Having worked with various Congressmen concerning our Military and Veterans, she has been sought out by many as the "the Gold Star Mother with a voice" - a "go to person". She has networked with various groups around the country speaking and putting forums together. Included yet not limited to American Patriots and other high profile Gold Star Family Retreats with others who have suffered losses in the highest regard due to this current administrations politics.

Susan has dedicated herself in the name of her son to protect Americas legacy and serves on the Board for the VETERANS ARE FOUNDATION which is a new organization which will be providing jobs and homes, creating new and alternative healing clinics for our Veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress and other disorders and an array of lifestyle changes.

Susan has two married daughters and seven grandchildren, which has become another driving force for her roll in preserving Americas legacy and a future for generations to come.



Two living Medal of Honor Recipients survived the Ganjgal Ambush Marine Dakota Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson who retrieved the bodies of the fallen that fateful day of September 8 2009.


My son and Fallen American Hero Gunnery Sgt Aaron M Kenefick
at 1:49 in this video that Captain Will Swenson is speaking.


Captain Will Swenson's Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House
I was one of the Guest of Honor that day....sitting in the 2nd Row that day Oct 2013.



Aaron M. Kenefick
Date of birth: February 5, 1979
Date of death: September 8, 2009
Place of Birth: New York, Williamsville
Home of record: Roswell Georgia
Status: KIA


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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as an Staff Noncommissioned Officer Advisor-Mentor, 1st Kandak, 2d Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 8 September 2009. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick was a member of a combined Marine and Afghan patrol that led the way into Ganjgal village to visit with village elders. As the patrol entered the village it was ambushed. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick took cover near a retaining wall and returned fire. When the team leader directed his Marines and the Afghan soldiers to attack and seize the house from which they were receiving fire, Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick boldly led the Afghan soldiers forward under fire and cleared the house. The enemy then attempted to encircle the team's position while subjecting the team to a hail of machine gun and rocket fire. Despite being pinned down, Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick returned fire and called in supporting artillery and mortar fire before falling mortally wounded. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick fought with bravery and determination while demonstrating unwavering courage in the face of the enemy. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions and exceptional dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick is authorized the Combat "V".)

Action Date: September 8, 2009
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Gunnery Sergeant
Company: Embedded Training Team 2-8