News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007


Sgt. Robinsonís family crisis puts face on war

Unless you have a loved one serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the four-year war doesnít interfere much in your life. But Valley residents saw one of the heartbreaks of war last week when the Army ordered Sgt. Tim Robinson to rejoin his unit in Iraq.

That meant Sgt. Robinson had to leave the bedside of his dying mother, Katie Mae Robinson, at Decatur General Hospital.

Having to leave her broke the career soldierís heart. His emergency leave over, he prepared to rejoin his unit as a prison guard. He wanted to stay home, and he felt the tug of an obligation to rejoin his unit.

The sergeant shared his dilemma with The Dailyís Paul Huggins. His story brought the war home to more Valley residents, some of whom sought ways to extend his leave.

The sad story also caught the attention of U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, and the Army came through with more leave for Sgt. Robinson.

Possible reassignment could keep the sergeant from returning to Iraq.

He now can turn his full attention to his motherís illness. But the war goes on, especially for our volunteer army, and most of us can push it aside until another such incident, or worse, lands at our doorstep.

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