Florence, NJ

Mission Accomplished on Nov. 10, 2008

June 20, 2006 was a day that began like most others for Staff Sergeant Andrew Robinson. Andy, a counterintelligence specialist, was embarking on a mission to collect information to aid in the killing, capture, or disturbance of a highly effective insurgent IED cell responsible for several friendly casualties in his unit’s battle space. It was that morning that would prove to be unlike any other for Robinson, his wife Sara and his family.

While patrolling in Al Anbar Province, Robinson’s vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). The roadside bomb was the biggest to date used in Iraq. It completely ripped the front half of the truck off while taking the lives of the driver, vehicle commander and turret gunner. Andy sustained compound fractures to his lower legs, collapsed lungs and a fractured vertebra that left him paralyzed from the chest down with partial paralysis in his arms.

Despite spending seven months in the hospital, undergoing several major surgeries and continuing an aggressive rehabilitation regiment, Andy and his wife Sara continue to move forward with their new appreciation for life.