Former Marine Rob Jones, who lost his both legs in Afghanistan, proves how much it is important to help others.
The 32-year-old is running 31 marathons, in different states, in 31 days. He wants to raise money to donate to organizations which support injured veterans.
Even though he decided to run hundreds of miles his inspirational journey started in 2010 when he was serving his second tour in Afghanistan.
He was a combat engineer, finding and defusing improvised explosive devices.
“I would clear a route through that area and people would follow behind me,” Jones stated.
While on the job he missed on explosive and got injured, the injury led to a surgery and ultimately amputation of both legs. He maybe came back home without legs but certainly not without fighting spirit.
After the surgery, Jones wanted to be a Paralympic medalist, and he attended the 2012 Paralympic Games on which Jones won a bronze medal for Team USA in rowing.
“I still feel proud of it,” Jones said. “It was refreshing because it was the first thing I wanted to do. It set me on track to achieve my goals in a physical realm.”
In 2013 Jones attended a 5,180-mile bike ride from Maine to southern California to raise money for injured veterans.
He started his journey on October 11 in London and will end in Washington, D.C. November.
Jones is running 26.2 miles every day and he is inviting everyone who can to join him on his journey.
“I’m excited about the last one in D.C. because it is really poignant on Veterans Day on the National Mall,” Jones said.
“Being a person that has successfully gone to Afghanistan and Iraq, had a traumatic experience, and reintegrated into society, I am an example and want to show I’ve succeeded,” he continued.
Jones raises money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation
“I am doing it for a purpose. The purpose is a lot more important than me being comfortable,” Jones said.
Till now Jones has raised around $125,000 and his goal is $1 million.
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