"BLOOMINGTON - A local advocate for military families said witnessing President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address was the experience of a lifetime, but she also kept thinking of wounded soldiers she met in Washington, D.C.
Sharon McCauley of Bloomington, whose son is an Army Reservist, heads Corn Belt Blue Star Mothers. She also oversees the Adopt-A-Soldier program for the Military Affinity Group at Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance Cos., where she works.
She was invited as a guest of U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, a Democrat from Crete and a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, but she said the contents of the speech or the name of the president delivering it weren't that important to her.
'The politics didn't matter. It was being a part of history that made it such an honor,' she said from Washington, D.C."
Local woman witnesses State of the Union address: