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Taking Charge
SERGEANT Tom Robison had completed more than thirty patrols deep in enemy territory and was near the end of his combat tour in Vietnam. He volunteered for one last patrol to ...

Taking Charge

As Robison’s patrol was moving to an observation post southeast of Chu Lai, the man ahead of him tripped a land mine and was killed instantly. Robison and one other man were wounded severely. In the explosion he lost his left leg completely and suffered multiple fractures to the other. He was blinded in one eye and riddled with shrapnel. As he was evacuated, covered with blood, no one expected him to live.

The ordeal that followed for this young man is almost incomprehensible. In the first ten weeks he endured twenty surgeries. Months later he started an even more painful therapy regimen to learn to walk with a prosthetic leg. Two sessions per week were prescribed, but he worked every day in spite of the pain. Eighteen months after being wounded, he walked out of the hospital on his own.

Never admitting he was handicapped, Robison left the Army, got married, finished college, and went to law school. He has since led a distinguished career in court administration and juvenile justice, helping countless young men and women overcome legal problems. He has never forgotten the ordeal that shaped his life, and has one overriding lesson to share with others facing rehabilitation from physical or mental wounds. He states emphatically, “You have to take charge of your own recovery.” The will to survive and to recover rests with the individual alone. Without that will, Robison knows he would not have even survived his wounds, much less ever walked again.


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