Missouri Lawmaker Discusses His Wounding in Iraq

OCTOBER 18, 2006 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CDT

PARKVILLE, MO - A Missouri lawmaker who was shot while serving in Iraq says he is eager to finish his tour of duty.

Representative Jason Brown says he knows that worries his wife.  But the 36-year-old Platte City Republican says he volunteered for the Army Reserves, and wants to be with his team again.

Brown began a one-year tour in Iraq in April as a civil affairs specialist with the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion of Utica, New York.

Brown was traveling in a Humvee convoy earlier this month when he was shot.  The bullet remains in his lung because doctors told him surgery to remove it would cause unnecessary damage.

Brown is running for re-election in Missouri's 30th District against Democrat Jared Welch.  Welch is an attorney from Platte City who belongs to the Missouri Air National Guard.

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