CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Sharon Brown often finds herself looking back at childhood photos of her youngest son, Jonathan who’s now 24 years old.
“We really thought this was going to be a career for him,” said Brown.
In 2009, Brown agreed to let her son leave his full academic scholarship at the College of Charleston to enlist in the United States Army. Shortly after boot camp, Jonathan was sent to Iraq in his first deployment.
“Jonathan did a really good job of telling me things that he wanted, as a mom, wanted me to hear. Things like, ‘Oh no, I’m very safe here. I never go outside of the area,’ which later on I found was not exactly true,” said Brown.
Brown says when her son returned from Iraq there were subtle changes in his behavior.