Today, as we pay tribute to all the men and women who have served our country, Capital Caring is especially proud to recognize and honor the families of those who have lost loved ones.

marthabergenTears welled in Martha Borgen’s eyes, as she accepted the certificate which read:

We pay special tribute to you for the ultimate sacrifice—losing your son, Sgt. Amaru Aguilar-Borgen, United States Army, in the service to America while advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty.”

Martha belongs to a very special group—Gold Star Mothers—whose members have lost a child in active service in the U.S. military.  And, hers is an incredibly touching story, given that her family does not originally hail from this country; they emigrated here from Nicaragua when Amaru was but a small boy.

Amaru joined the U.S. Army prior to being granted citizenship, as “he felt he owed a debt to his country for the opportunities we had”, his sister, Soli, told the Miami Herald soon after his passing.  He subsequently served two combat tours in Iraq, and received his U.S. citizenship in 2008 while there. His final tour was in Afghanistan.  He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among others.

Following the presentation ceremony, held in her home and attended by family and Capital Caring staff, Martha, overcome with emotion, stated it was especially meaningful—given that Amaru’s birthday is a little over a week away.

Capital Caring is honored to have had the privilege to recognize Martha, and her hero son, in this small way—and America is in their eternal debt for their selfless sacrifice.