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Each month, we honor a military family in Heartland Homefront.
Colonel Tom and Kelli Brewer have nearly 60 years of service to our country between the two of them. They met in college.
Kelli says, "We did a lot of things just as a couple those five years before we had children."
The Brewers have spent decades fighting for our freedom, "with six deployments to Afghanistan and a number to Kurdistan, Germany and other places," Colonel Tom Brewer said. "A lot of time on the road."
In 2003, Colonel Brewer and four other soldiers were ambushed in Afghanistan. He was shot six times and received the Purple Heart.
Kelli said, "The October 2003 ambush, when he was shot, was a phone call in the middle of the night."
Colonel Brewer healed and again went back to the battlefield. Last December, "We were returning from a counter-narcotics mission and the vehicle I was returning in was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade,” he said.
This time, the road to recovery hasn't been easy. "I think in the next 14 days I have 11 appointments,” he told us.
But Colonel Brewer plans to heal-up and get back to Afghanistan. He wants to take more drugs and money out of the hands of the Taliban.
"Hopefully, if the healing process goes right, I'm looking at sometime around the first of the year I would be deploying back into the country," he said.
Colonel Tom Brewer also is an excellent shooter. He has trained seven National Championship Teams and an Olympic team in 1996.
We’re sharing the stories of area military families here on Heartland Homefront on the first Tuesday of each month. The families featured in our coverage each receive a $250 grocery gift card. If you would like to nominate a family for consideration, click here