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(Source: CBS 5 News) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is part of a special governor's delegation that started her trip with a Monday meeting with injured veterans at Walter Reid Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. (Source: CBS 5 News) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is part of a special governor's delegation that started her trip with a Monday meeting with injured veterans at Walter Reid Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer poses with Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve 539th Military Police Detachment from Buckeye, AZ., Dec. 6, 2012, at Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Publ Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer poses with Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve 539th Military Police Detachment from Buckeye, AZ., Dec. 6, 2012, at Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Publ
Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer visits with soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve 539th Military Police Detachment from Buckeye, AZ., Dec. 6, 2012, at Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Pub Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer visits with soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve 539th Military Police Detachment from Buckeye, AZ., Dec. 6, 2012, at Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Pub
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Packard, assigned to 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment , 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and attached to Task Force Steel at FOB Frontenac, explains some of the capabilities of the Stryker vehicle to AZ. Gov. Sgt. 1st Class Jason Packard, assigned to 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment , 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division and attached to Task Force Steel at FOB Frontenac, explains some of the capabilities of the Stryker vehicle to AZ. Gov.
Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer visits with soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve 539th Military Police Detachment from Buckeye, AZ., Dec. 6, 2012, at Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Pub Arizona Gov. Janice K. Brewer visits with soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve 539th Military Police Detachment from Buckeye, AZ., Dec. 6, 2012, at Bagram Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Pub
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is on a weeklong mission out of state right now with the Department of Defense, and CBS 5 News anchor Nicole Crites got a chance to talk with her from Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Brewer is part of a special governor's delegation that started her trip with a Monday meeting with injured veterans at Walter Reid Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

She met with 22-year-old combat medic Mason Steill of Chandler.

He was injured on his third tour with the U.S. Army fighting in Afghanistan six months ago.

Brewer also met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The governor toured five installations in Kuwait and Afghanistan and said the trip has helped give her a much deeper appreciation of U.S. troops overseas.

"Being here and seeing with your own eyes, hearing the stories, you realize it's a war," Brewer said.

"We should feel very, very confident that we won't be here for long. They're doing their mission and cleaning up a mess and will be home shortly."

Arizona Democrats were critical of the governor earlier this week for missing the official canvass of the 2012 election votes.

The governor wouldn't disclose details about the rest of her trip, but is expected back in Arizona on Saturday.

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