Sunday, September 27, 2009

Soldier's Story: Here's to You, Mr. Robinson

"Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo).... "

"Military experience, some find, is tough to translate on resumes" by Katie Johnston Chase, Globe Staff | September 27, 2009

Brian Robinson would settle for just any job at this point, but what he’s really searching for is the fulfillment he found in the military. Robinson, a stocky 34-year-old with close-cropped red hair and sad eyes, grew up poor, raised by a single mom in a one-bedroom apartment in Lowell.

He signed up for the Marines at age 18 and thought he’d found his calling. He spent his days jumping out of planes and rappelling “off anything you can imagine.’’

“I fell in love with the life,’’ he said, “with the honor and the sense of duty.’’

Oh, that's what you think it is about, huh?

Not mass-murder for empire, oil, and Israel?

But it all came to a crashing halt in 1999 when he was double-timing down a mountain in California and stepped in a hole, twisting his left kneecap three-quarters of the way around. Six months of muscle atrophy and physical rehabilitation later, he was on his way home. “It broke my heart,’’ said Robinson, who lives with his wife and two young children in Framingham.

He tried over and over to reenlist after his honorable discharge, but the injury stopped him every time. He spent a year living on the beach in San Diego, got an associate’s degree in communications while interning at a radio station, and started drinking heavily.

That's never a good move.

Robinson, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, completed a six-month alcohol rehabilitation program a few weeks ago and has been looking for a job online ever since. He has applied for half a dozen positions, including jobs helping other veterans and troubled boys, and landed an interview for a Comcast field technician spot through a recent RecruitMilitary job fair at Gillette Stadium.

Robinson’s wife just landed a job with the town of Framingham after being laid off for nine months, and they’ve been surviving on food stamps, disability payments, and help from their parents. But Robinson knows he needs more than a paycheck.

He needs to kill!!!!

“I’m trying,’’ he said, “to find something to fill that void.’’

See: War Looter's Wednesday: Forgotten Soldiers