Mother of first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq: 'I was so proud of our military'

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PHOENIX -- Debbie Lee, the mother of the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq less than a year after 9/11, sat down with Tara Hitchcock Monday morning to talk about her reaction to President Barack Obama's announcement that the US had finally killed Osama bin Laden.

A group of Navy SEALs carried out the operation that resulted in bin Laden's death.

"I could not believe the different emotions I went through last night," Lee said. "I started just whooping and hollering, and tears started coming to my eyes.

"To think of my son and the sacrifice that he made, and to feel like there was a little bit of justice that had been served, I was so proud of Marc and what he'd done. I was so proud of our military ....

"Somehow, in my heart, even before they announced it, when I listened to the details, I said, 'That's my boys. That's the Navy SEALs that are in there ... and that, in fact, was the case."

Lee, who thinks of the SEALs as her "adopted sons," said there's a good possibility that she might know some of the SEALs who were involved in the bin Laden operation.

Marc Lee was killed on Aug. 2, 2006. To honor her son and his sacrifice, Debbie Lee founded America's Mighty Warriors, a non-profit organization designed to "encourage the troops and their families through random acts of kindness, to inspire and motivate the wounded warriors and their families and help them in their rehabilitation through random acts of kindness."