HICO (February 28, 2014) If Robin Hefner could rewrite her life, she likely would but because she can't, she’s choosing to make the best of it after her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn P. Hefner, 22, was killed by a homemade bomb during combat operations in November 2009 in Afghanistan.
"He wanted to be a Marine ever since he could say the word," Hefner said.
"From there the biggest impact was probably 9/11. He stood in the living room and said, ‘They can't do this!’ He was only 14 then."
She now finds strength through an organization she started in her son's honor called Hico's Hero.
"I could very easily go into depression and I decided that I couldn't do that," Hefner said.
"Shawn's life meant more than that."
Each Thursday, Hefner and a group of volunteers make handcrafted pins and send them to mothers who have suffered similar losses.
So far, Hefner has made 3,000 pins.
"The pins are made 100 percent by us," Hefner said.
"No two pins are alike."
Hefner also shares her son’s story, speaking at local high schools.
"When I decided to do this (I) decided what I would call it.”
“He came from Hico and he is our hero," she said.