OPERATION FINALLY HOME, LANCE CPL. JEREMY BROOKING




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.


Notes Of Love Celebration  - Watch as the Jeremy Brooking family tours their framed house.
Photo of one of the notes written on the floor in chalk "Welcome Home Brookings!
Photo of a note written on a red paper heart. "Jeremy - Words cannot express how appreciative we are for your service for our country. We are excited to have You & Your family ilive in our wonderful community Cathy and Frank S."

"Go USA!" Written in white and blue chalk and surrounded with red chalk stars
One of the Brooking children smiling as she sees all the messages from their new neighbors and people working on the project
Photo of red paper heart messages stapled to the studs of the home.

Messages and a flag stapled to the inside of the wood walls. These messages will be left in the wall when the sheet rock is hung. A real home built with Love.
Jeremy Brookings and his youngest daughter smiling and happy. "Seeing this house gave me peace of mind. It was the last step for me."
"Semper Fi" written on the flooring in chalk


“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.


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