Statement on behalf of wounded soldier's family
6 February 2011
We are very proud of our son serving in Afghanistan.
Robert is slowly recovering from his wounds and his thoughts are with Corporal Atkinson’s family and fiancé.
Robert has the support of all his loving family and friends back home.
We, as parents of an Australian soldier, have been devastated by what has happened.
Our hearts are breaking for the Atkinson family and his partner.
Words cannot express our deepest sympathy.
This statement is issued at the request of the Rose family. Sapper Robert Rose was wounded in action on Wednesday, 2 February, in the same incident that killed Corporal Richard Atkinson.
Media note: Images of Sapper Robert Rose with family members are available at http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5000=&search=20111810
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