There is a Las Vegas mother who knows all too well the grief those North Carolina families are now feeling. Her son was also killed during a training exercise. This gold star mother visited with News 3's Sandra Gonzalez today.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A Las Vegas mother knows all too well the grief families are feeling after the training disaster in Northern Nevada this week that killed seven Marines.
Farideh Ghane received the knock on the door that mothers dread when a son or daughter are in the military. Her son, Alexander Ghane, a Navy Seal, was killed in a training accident in Mississippi in 2008.
“When I saw the car, the Navy car, the chaplain and two other Navy people standing there I couldn't believe that I said ‘Oh my God’ he sprained his ankle or something minor," she said.
But she learned her son was killed. And it nearly knocked her over the edge. However she found comfort in knowing her son was exactly where he wanted to be.
“He says, ‘Mom every military man for freedom of this country signed the paper for entering into the military the first qualification is: Are you willing to sacrifice your life for your country? I signed it. I said yes I will’. These are the patriotic young people that they go through. Because I love him so much I just let him go because his dream,” Ghane said.
She says her son was forever changed after 9/11 and was driven to go after Osama Bin Laden. He went from couch potato to warrior.
And while Bin Laden’s death eventually happened, she has also had time to regain strength and courage to move forward. Now this Gold Star Mom says these families will really need the comfort of their communities right now.
“I didn't think I could go through it, but I can assure, but time and thinking about good things will get you through it,” she says to the families of the marines killed.
She also adds: “Remember your son died doing what they loved to do. We can't do anything about that.”
For now she offers her comfort and shares in their sadness. And she is being brave for her son.
“What he did for this country, for the freedom of the other people, sacrificed his life, he made me be proud. He put my shoulders as he always did, chin up, shoulders back and be proud. I made it to Navy seal,” Ghane said.
She plans on writing a book about her son’s accomplishments as a Navy Seal someday.
Now her nephews plan to enter the Navy and say there is no stopping them.