Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., is extremely proud be the cabinet
sponsor for Lance Cpl. Jeremy Brooking’s new home.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jeremy Brooking knew from a very
young age that he wanted to serve his country as a Marine. He
followed his dream and enlisted in 2005 at the age of 18.
Brooking married Tia his childhood sweetheart less than a
year before being deployed to Iraq in 2007. Tia solidly
supported Jeremy on his path to becoming a Marine and as
a Marine wife.
Two months after deployment, while on duty Brooking was shot
in the chest by a sniper.
“While on the medevac Brookings flat-lined, but the dedicated
medic team brought him back and rushed him to a Fallujah
hospital for treatment. While there his life nearly slipped
away for the second time that night.
“The doctors told my chain of command that I was not going to
make it,” Brooking said.
It was at that point his commander broke out his satellite
phone and let the dying Marine call home.
During the call with his wife, Brooking did not let on the
extent of his injury.
“I was concerned more about her than anything,” said Brooking.
“When she answered the phone, I told her, “I got shot, but I’m
OK, then I asked her about school and work.”
After saying their goodbyes, he handed the phone back to his
commander, who told the worried wife a harsh reality: she
might soon be a widow.
“I was terrified thinking I may not ever speak to him again,”
said Tia Brooking.
Lacking the necessary equipment to operate on Jeremy, Fallujah
hospital opted to fly him to a hospital in Germany. With
equipment no longer an issue, doctors in Germany feared
Brooking’s body was too weak for any procedure. He also
suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a lack of oxygen
when he flat lined in the medevac. So the bullet remained
lodged in his chest for a year.
Brooking miraculously survived. A year later the doctors
removed the bullet, and Jeremy was left with a gaping hole
in his lung.
Brooking received the Purple Heart as well as several other
awards for his service. He and his wife have two little
girls, and he still lives with physical pain from the injury.
Once home, he quickly realized everyday tasks were no longer
possible, and at 19-years-old, he had to rely on his wife
for around-the-clock care.
Watch this deserving Marine and his family get a surprise
from Operation Finally Home and Southern Living.
“Operation Finally Home has been amazing and they are truly
the hands and feet of the Lord,” said Tia Brooking. Tia
Brooking believes the new home is the door to freedom for
their family. “It's going to give us a life of freedom,”
she said. “Less pain for Jeremy means more family time and
a better quality of life for everyone.”
MOTORCADE DRIVING DOWN THE STREET DECORATED WITH AMERICAN FLAGS
WELCOM, A LOCAL WELLBORN DEALER IS PROUD TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS WONDERFUL PROJECT
FUTURE HOME OF JEREMY BROOKING AND FAMILY
TIA BROOKING AND HER OLDEST DAUGHTER ARRIVING
BROOKING FAMILY BEING GREETED AT SITE OF FUTURE HOME
THEIR DREAM HOME IS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN!
JEREMY BROOKING MAKING A SPEECH ABOUT HIS FAMILIES EXCITEMENT AND GRATITUDE.
LET THE BUILDING BEGIN!
NOTES OF LOVE CELEBRATION -
SOME OF THE “NOTES OF LOVE” LEFT FOR THE BROOKINGS FAMILY BY PEOPLE IN THE
COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE WORKING ON THE PROJECT.
“Seeing this house gave me peace of mind. It was the last step for me.” Brookings said.
“It’s a question this house of love will always answer, with healing not so hidden, just
between the studs. For the first time since I’ve been back, I feel hope and love. That’s
an amazing feeling.”
Brooking credits his mental recovery to those who've cared for him, especially his wife.
His childhood love, she's been his biggest supporter and nurse. “My wife and I have been
together since 12 and 13, and she’s always been somebody I can lean on,” he said. “Seeing
how strong she has helped me pull through. I don’t think without her being there 24/7, I
probably would’ve given up, absolutely, no doubt.”
Operation Finally Home is dedicated to providing custom-built homes for America’s
military heroes who have sacrificed so much in the defense of our freedoms. This new
home is being made possible by generous donations from the builder, material suppliers
and many others in the community.
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc is providing cabinetry for the Kitchen, Laundry and Bathrooms in
the Brookings family’s new home. May their new home provide a place for their family to
grow and flourish.
P.O. Box 1210
38669 Hwy 77 S.
Ashland, AL 36251