ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The man who shot Osama Bin Laden must have stories to tell, and Robert O’Neill will do just that this Thursday evening in Abilene.
O’Neill is being brought to the Key City by the Folds of Honor, a group that helps military families through one of the most difficult times – when a loved one doesn’t come home – and this is a fundraiser to help the organization continue its work locally.
“The gentleman who killed Osama bin Laden, was part of the rescue team that retrieved Marcus Luttrell of the Afghanistan mountain, and was also part of the team that rescued Captain Philips from the Somalian pirates, will be here on Thursday,” says Folds of Honor’s John Wright.
That’s Robert O’Neill, and while he’s going to be speaking on Thursday, he’s not the only one.
“It is a huge blessing to be able to have the Folds of Honor foundation behind what we can do,” says Ashley Schafer, who’s also speaking Thursday. “As my daughters grow up, they are doing so well in school, and Folds of Honor provides a way so we can stay in an amazing school, and they can get a fantastic education and carry on their daddy’s legacy.”
Ashley Schafer’s husband was killed when his private plane crashed in Abilene in 2014. It makes it hard to come back.
“At the same time, I think it’s so important to carry on those legacies and it’s a story that needs to be told. I’m glad to do it, even though it’s tough,” Schafer says.
This particular event is bringing money to Folds of Honor to continue several of their missions.
“In essence, really to get the younger kids, post-9/11, if you will, to understand just what the Folds of Honor is, and what they continue to do,” Wright says.
The organization is trying to help bridge a nearly $9 billion gap in education for survivors of fallen soldiers.
The event takes place at the Taylor County Expo Center this Thursday, April 18.
You can buy tickets online right at the Taylor County Expo Center website.