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Governor visits wounded soldier at DC-area hospital

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Where is Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? Her office confirmed she is overseas on official business. But before that, she spent some time in Washington DC visiting a wounded Arizona soldier at a hospital in Maryland.

We spoke to that soldier's grandmother.

The governor visited 22-year-old Mason Steill, a combat medic who graduated from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, and then went on to Mesa Community College and then the military.

Mason Steill had only been in Afghanistan for a month when he was nearly killed by a bomb while on patrol.

"He took the IED to his head and face every bone in his face was shattered, eyes, nose, jaw," says Candy Steill, grandmother.

Mason has been in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since June. He's already been operated on five times.

"The surgeon we met in Walter Reed said when she first saw the MRI the only thing holding his face on was his skin."

Mason's had steadfast support from his loved ones. And he had a visitor Monday who boosted his spirits: Governor Jan Brewer.

Candy Steill works at the board of supervisors and knows the governor from her time there as a supervisor.

"I heard she was going to be there, and would she be sure and say hello to him? That is what she did, she talked to him, spent some time with him and he was just thrilled to death."

The governor visited with Mason for 45 minutes. They were joined by Mason's mom.

Mason faces more surgeries and a long road to recovery. But the governor's stop gave him something to smile about.

"He said she is just a wonderful lady, she was so personable with him."

Mason Steill has made a remarkable recovery so far. He hopes to return to the valley and his studies.

As for Governor Brewer's trip overseas, we have no idea where she went or what for.

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