An emotional Rep. Jason Brown (R-Platte City) spoke to colleagues from the House floor Monday afternoon, his first day at the Capitol since leaving to serve with the United States Army Reserves in Iraq. Brown told fellow representatives that it is easier to serve in the military with the realization that people care about you back home. He thanked everyone in the House for praying for him during his military service.
Brown still carries a reminder of his service. Doctors left a bullet in his lung during surgery after a sniper shot him. It was decided it would be better to leave it there than to risk taking it out.
Brown served for 14 months in Iraq. While thanking colleagues for remembering him, Brown reminded them that others continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. He asked colleagues to keep those military members in their prayers.