Susan Brooks, 67, was born in Riverside, Calif., and moved to Colorado in 1973. She is a resident of Arvada, but has worked for the City of Golden since May 1979. She has been Golden’s city clerk since January 1989.
Brooks’ father was in the …
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Susan Brooks, 67, was born in Riverside, Calif., and moved to Colorado in 1973. She is a resident of Arvada, but has worked for the City of Golden since May 1979. She has been Golden’s city clerk since January 1989.Brooks’ father was in the Navy, and he served in World War II and Korea. Her brother was blind in one eye, so in 1967, Brooks decided to join the Navy. She also knew a couple of high school friends who had been killed in combat in Vietnam.Brooks spent 2 1/2 years in the Navy. She attended boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland, and was stationed at the Oakland Naval Hospital in California as a dental technician.After Brooks married and became pregnant, she had to leave the military. She used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Colorado-Denver where she majored in history.What motivated you to join the military?Patriotism. I wanted to serve my country.What about your service makes you most proud?I was a woman who volunteered. Women couldn’t be drafted. I was a 19-year-old volunteer during an unpopular time to be in the military.Also, taking care of the Marines and sailors. Most of our patients were coming back from Vietnam. We had them for broken jaws and anything facial.What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered?Vietnam was getting really intense. A lot of people were anti-war. There were lots of protests. It wasn’t a pleasant time.— Christy Steadman
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