2 soldiers home safe for parents' anniversary

July 25, 2009 (CHICAGO) Sgt. Joseph Brown and Specialist Tim Brown were happy to see each other for the first time in four years, and they were thrilled to help their parents celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.

Thanks to body armor, Tim Brown was only bruised when he was hit by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan. He suffered one other injury.

"I got wounded the first day I was in combat. I took shrapnel to the left arm, and I received the Purple Heart for that," Specialist Tim Brown said.

"The last time I saw him was when I was just about to finish up basic training. So, it was good to see him. I missed him. I worried about him," said Sgt. Joseph Brown.

"Wonderful that we know they're safe, and it's a blessing," said father Charlie Brown.

"It's a thrill. Maybe I can sleep now," Hope Brown, the soldiers' mother, said.

Family and friends celebrated the anniversary and the brothers' return Saturday. One special relative was the brothers' grandfather, who is a World War II Army veteran.

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