Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Brooks Family Leaves for Washington

Brooks Family Leaves for WashingtonSOUTHAVEN — The family of Army Specialist William E. Brooks, the 23-year-old Southaven soldier who lost both legs to an insurgent explosion in Iraq, will arrive in Washington D.C. today.

The special reunion with his parents, Larry and Carolyn Brooks and his 22-year-old girlfriend April Stafford, will take place later tonight. William Brooks may still be in too much pain to be conscious during the visit.
“We’re really excited,” said Stafford as she packed her bags late Monday for the early Tuesday morning flight. The trio will travel to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington where Brooks will undergo rehabilitation.
“He is still critical but stable,” said Stafford, who met Brooks three years ago when the two were attending Mississippi State University.
William Brooks was a student at MSU when he was called to duty and deployed with the 155th in January after training at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg.

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