MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A double-amputee Marine veteran was on a mission to run 31 marathons in 31 cities and 31 days.
32-year-old Rob Jones ran his 26th consecutive marathon in Memphis Monday morning. He traveled through the Mud Island trails with local supporters who ran with him.
“Sometimes when a veteran comes home wounded, whether that be a psychological injury, or a physical injury, or a mental injury, they can tend to think now that they’re a wounded veteran, that they're a broken veteran, or they’re a broken person,” he said.
He wanted people to know that is far from the truth. Jones has won medals in the Paralympics, and became the first double-amputee to bike more than 5,000 miles across the country from Maine to California.
“I want to be an example of a guy that went to Afghanistan, had a traumatic experience, and was able to come back and find my new path,” Jones said.
Jones lost his legs in Afghanistan after he stepped on an explosive device.
“What I hope happens, is if there’s a veteran out there that’s struggling, they’ll see my story and they’ll be able to use that to their advantage,” he said.
While running, he raised money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
To donate to Jones’s supported foundations, go to http://www.robjonesjourney.com/
FOX13's Shleby Sansone is at the marathon speaking with Rob Jones. How the marine lost his legs, tonight on FOX13 News.
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