NOD Salutes Anthony "Ranger" Robbs

August 15, 2013
Source: National Organization on Disability

 

Retired Army Captain recognized for "NOD Salutes" series 

 

This August, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) salutes Anthony"Ranger" Robbs, a medically retired Army Captain who served for nearly 22 years, for his commitment to serving veterans with disabilities. Robbs is a participant in NOD's Wounded Warrior Careers program, an Intensive Career Transition Support program that helps severely injured veterans to move forward on career paths.

Captain Robbs' service began as a private in the 82nd Airborne Division. Robbs quickly advanced through the ranks and to challenge himself even further, he entered the Army's Officer Candidate School to earn his commission in the Infantry.  

After attending the Army's elite Ranger training he continued to serve in the Airborne Infantry, as an Infantry Platoon Leader and a Forward Support Company Commander and deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

After returning from deployment Robbs noticed a decline in his performance and mental health. He was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress and was medically discharged, after 22 years of service, in June 2012. 

The transition from combat to civilian life was even more difficult than the other challenges he has faced. "I missed the tough challenges that I took on during my military career because I felt that they made me a better person," Robbs noted. He devoted himself to weekly counseling sessions and group and occupational therapy in an effort to regain the ability to function at his former capacity. But it wasn't until he enrolled in NOD's Wounded Warrior Careers program in August of 2012 that his real progress commenced. 

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