U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today released a new Thank-a-Vet Thursday (#TVT) video featuring Julia and Scott Conover, parents of Lance Corporal Brandon Christopher Dewey, who was killed in action in Iraq in January 2006.
Brandon Dewey enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17, young enough that his mother had to sign him over to the military’s care. Brandon deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning his first Purple Heart while protecting his base from a suicide bomber during his first tour in the battle of Fallujah; his second Purple Heart was awarded posthumously.
For his service, Brandon was awarded two Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.
Brandon’s little sister, Elyse, followed in his footsteps, joining the U.S. Navy upon graduating from high school and volunteering for deployment to Afghanistan.
Shared on Rep. Denham’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, this #TVT video is an excerpt from a longer interview for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project where Julie and Scott recount the moment when they were notified Brandon had been killed while serving his country.
Julia and Scott’s story is shared as part of Rep. Denham’s #TVT social media initiative to thank veterans for their service. Rep. Denham invites and encourages social media users to post photos and videos using #TVT to recognize America’s military veterans. All #TVT videos can be found on Rep. Denham’s YouTube channel and official Facebook page.