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Double amputee Marine cycles across America
A story of perseverance and giving back. A Marine and double amputee takes on a cross-country journey expected to last six to seven months.
All to raise funds and awareness for wounded vets.
Rob Jones is embarking on a journey through the country because of his own personal journey through life.
"I joined the Marine Corp in 2006 as a combat engineer, went to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2010, tasked primarily with finding explosives on the ground."
While in Afghanistan, Jones was injured by an IED and both his legs had to be amputated above the knees.
He was fitted with prosthetics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he used his time recovering to learn not only how to walk again but how to bike and was inspired by an idea.
"I figured cycling across America would be cool and while I am at it, iI figured set a standard for double amputees on an upright bike and raise money for charity."
Rob hopes to raise a million dollars for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, The Semper Fi Fund and Ride To Recovery.
He began last week in Bar Harbor and as he left Ogunquit this morning, still had nearly 5200 miles to go.
His brother, Stephen, is following him in a truck, which by the way has supplies and two sleeping cots for when they rest.
"Why not? He's my brother, got to support him, got to support veterans it is a good thing to do I wasn't doing anything halfway as important at home."
Rob knows it's a long journey, but hopes his perseverance will send out a powerful message of inspiration to others.
"If double amputees want to ride a bike they see me doing it, they know it is possible. Once you see it is possible it is a lot easier to do other stuff."