Missouri lawmaker from KC area shot, injured in Iraq
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – A Kansas City-area lawmaker stationed in Iraq awaits surgery after being wounded by enemy fire.
Platte City Republican Representative Jason Brown is resting comfortably in an Iraqi hospital according to family friend George McClintock.
McClintock, who worked with Brown at the Platte City Veteran of Foreign Wars Post, was briefed on Brown's condition yesterday by his wife Rachel.
"I got the phone call around 2 o'clock and then she told me that Jason had received small arm fire during a patrol and he was resting comfortably," McClintock said. "The only thing that I can tell you that from what I read is that he was on a patrol and he was shot in the lung."
Brown is awaiting transfer to a military facility for surgery.
The 36-year-old representative has been a member of the Army Reserves for the past 17 years.
McClintock says it is uncertain at this point whether Representative Brown will finish his year-long tour in Iraq.
However, McClintock says Brown's injury will not affect his bid for re-election in November.