Mom honors son's death overseas by supporting troopsPosted: Updated:
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"This is my hero's room and as you can see in the door it's dedicated to my son, Marc Alan Lee, who was the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq," explains Debbie Lee. She then shows 3TV, "Here we've got Marc's actual uniform that he wore. His boots, the flip flops which is a standard for the Navy Seals."
Debbie could not be prouder of her youngest son Marc. He received a silver star, bronze star with valor and is also a Purple Heart recipient. The 28-year-old died defending his fellow seals back on August of 2006.
Debbie says, "I feel Marc willingly gave up his voice that day, but I can be the voice that carries on and supports our troops and thanks them." She decided to carry on her son's mission by becoming the spokesperson for Move America Forward, the largest grassroots organization supporting the men and women serving in our armed forces.
Debbie admits, "I was the first Gold Star mom in history to be in the combat zone where her son laid down his life while the battle was still going on."
Whether it's going to Iraq to thank the troops or battle lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Debbie is making a difference. She says, "Definitely I would much rather have Marc back and not have had all these opportunities but if you have a son who willingly gave up his life for this country, and then you get these blessings in addition to that, I'm a very grateful mom that God picked me to be the mother of that hero."
Now Debbie has taken on another mission inspired by her son's last letter. "Ask yourself when was the last time you donated clothes that you hadn't worn out? When was the last time you paid for a random stranger's cup of coffee, meal or maybe even a tank of gas?" She adds, "So to all my family and friends, do me a favor and pass on the kindness, the love, the precious gift of human life to each other so that when your children come into contact with a great conflict that we are now faced with in Iraq, that they are people of humanity, of pure motives, of compassion."
Passing on the kindness is just what Debbie intends to do and to inspire others. She started America's Mighty Warriors, a group dedicated to providing random acts of kindness to those serving in our military. She admits "I'm not anyone special, but Marc's mom. I kind of envision every morning in heaven there's a briefing and God and Marc get together and they're like, 'Where should we put mom today'."
The next big event for America's Mighty Warriors is this Father's Day.
For more information or how you can volunteer with the group, visit the