Family needs help to help Injured Soldier recover
By: Carly O'Keefe
Rosiclare, IL - A Heartland soldier was seriously injured in Afghanistan earlier this week, and his family hopes to meet him half way on the road to recovery. The Robinson family of Rosiclare, Illinois is trying to raise funds to visit 27-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Gregory who was injured in southern Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) Monday.
Robinson is now in Landstuhl, Germany, but is expected to arrive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center sometime next week. His family is hoping to be there when his plane lands. The military will pay for a couple if family members' travel expenses, but Robinson's mom, dad, two sisters and fiancée want to make the trip.
Robinson has lost his right leg below the knee. He also has shrapnel wounds to his stomach, arms and groin. He has been through a number of surgeries since the attack and faces much more treatment when he returns to the United States.
His family is relieved that he is alive, but wants to be there for him as he recovers.
"I'm glad to hear his voice over the phone. It's great, but I want to hug him and kiss him and love him, and it would be great to be there beside him to help him through this," said Robinson's sister Patty Robinson.
A fund has been established under Staff Sergeant Gregory Robinson's name at Area Bank of Rosiclare. Donations can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 189