KANSAS CITY, Kan. - An Army mom from the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan., is counting her blessings as her son recovers from a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan on June 3.
Sgt. Jason Brown, 24, is at Walter Reed Army Hospital with shrapnel lodged against his vertebrae and is expected to undergo surgery next week.
His family was in Kansas at Shawnee Mission Medical Center on Friday -- for a happy visit. Jason's sister welcomed a new little blessing to the family Thursday night.
Lynzie Marie, 6 pounds and 10 ounces, makes the Sergeant an uncle for a fifth time to five little nieces.
"He's told them that he's going to have the first boy, so I hope his dream come true," said his mother, Beverly Brown.
But while the family celebrates life, they pray for an Overland Park family who lost their soldier, Lt. Justin Sisson.
"They were on a foot patrol. They were going through different buildings and checking buildings out, and once the foot patrol got out of the building, the suicide bomber just set the bomb off right there with them," Beverly Brown explained.
The Brown family said their thoughts and prayers are with the Sissons. Justin was also with the 506th Airborne Division and was on the same patrol with Jason when the suicide bomber attacked.
Justin died as a result of his injuries in Afghanistan.
"It's sickening to hear that someone local that was with him, you know, suffered more injuries than he did and lost their life over it," Beverly said with tears in her eyes. "Say an extra prayer for these guys, they're going over there not knowing what they're going to come upon day by day, hour by hour."
Justin's uncle said he was following in his grandfather's footsteps when he joined the Army.
"He gave 100 percent in everything he did, he died doing what he loved," Justin's uncle, Lance Liming, said.
The city of Overland Park plans to honor the fallen soldier, and is asking residents to do the same:
"To show support and gratitude, the City will be lowering its flags from Thursday through Sunday under direction of Mayor Carl Gerlach. We ... ask the community to do the same in honoring this fallen hero. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. Friends and family plan to line 135th Street and Nall with flags in a tribute to Lt. Sisson. You are encouraged to participate."
Any photos, emails, or videos the community would like to send to the family in gratitude of Justin's service and sacrifice can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday.