Military.com reports that "The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid Bonnie Carroll one of the highest compliments he knew: He compared her to a Marine."
"Speaking Tuesday night at a Washington, D.C., reception in honor of the founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford quoted President Ronald Reagan when he said, "Some people live a lifetime and wonder if they've made a difference. United States Marines don't have that problem."
"Dunford added, 'With apologies to Ronald Reagan tonight, I'd like to paraphrase that ... Bonnie Carroll doesn't have that problem.'"
"Carroll received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House on Nov. 25. A retired Air Force Reserve officer and the widow of Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, she founded TAPS after the tragic death of her husband in a C-12 plane crash in 1992."