Utah Gold Star Mother to Attend State of the Union

WASHINGTON—Mrs. Betty Lou Workman, the mother of Blanding native and fallen Navy SEAL Jason Workman, has accepted an invitation from Senator Mitt Romney to attend the State of the Union as his honored guest. Chief Petty Officer Jason Workman was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011.

“Chief Petty Officer Jason Workman selflessly gave his life in service to our country—protecting the freedoms and values we hold most dear. One way we can honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice is to honor our Gold Star families. I’m humbled to be joined by Mrs. Workman for this year’s State of the Union address, and I am deeply grateful to the Workman family for their tremendous service to our nation,” said Senator Romney.

Workman was a member of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6. He and 30 other Americans were tragically killed when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents on August 6, 2011.