Soldier honored for sacrifice

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 13, 2006

Local resident Sgt. Janice O. Robbins said she joined the military to “see the world, and make a difference.”

She has now done both – serving in Iraq, and helping support the Iraqi military effort there.

But, her duty did not come without a price.

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Robbins was injured in August 2003 while serving in Iraq when the vehicle she and other soldiers were riding in ran over a mine.

Robbins sustained many injuries – to her neck, shoulder, hip and back.

She has since undergone extensive physical therapy and now walks with a cane.

Robbins received a Purple Heart during a ceremony held Friday at the Department of Health building.

She also was presented a Combat Action Badge and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In addition, she will be honored tonight at the Selma City Council meeting and on Aug. 21 at U.S. Congressman Artur Davis’ town hall meeting.

Robbins has served her country for 19 years in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserves.

Sometimes the fighting and danger that continue in Iraq seem to be a long way from us.

But with each of our soldierswho is killed or comes home with injuries, we are reminded of the incredible sacrifice being made.

We congratulate Robbins on her promotion and her honors. We also say thank you for your service.