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Double-amputee veteran to run 31 marathons in one month

Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Rob Jones is on a mission that’ll span three countries, test his physical limits, and hopefully make a difference in the lives of other veterans. Over the course of one month, the double above-the-knee amputee plans to run a marathon every single day.

Jones is starting off in London, England on Oct. 12, then immediately heading back to the U.S. for a run in Philadelphia on Oct. 13. He plans to continue that routine for 31 days straight, finishing up on Veterans Day with a run on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Twenty-two veterans per day commit suicide in the U.S., and they are twice as likely as your average citizen to be chronically homeless. Jones hopes to show that just “because a Veteran’s wounded doesn’t mean that they’re broken or incapable of being a contributing member of society and their family.”

“The isolation and the difficulty of reintegrating into the civilian world are I think what drives the suicide problem,” Jones said. “Hopefully when a veteran sees that I was able to lose both legs above the knee and still have a purpose, still be a part of society, still contribute to my family, they can picture themselves doing it.”

Only two years after losing his legs, Jones won a bronze medal in rowing at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The following year, he mounted his bicycle in Maine and rode for over 5,000 miles, through the winter, until he reached California.

“There were times on my bike ride when I was cold, it was snowing, I was wet, I was bored,” Jones said. “But my objective was much more important than being warm, or dry, or comfortable, or entertained... That’s just part of the Marine Corps. Your mission is more important than you.”

On that trip — the first leg of what he is calling the ‘Rob Jones Journey’ — he received an outpouring of support and raised $125,000 for veterans’ charities. He hopes that number will climb to $1 million after his 31 marathons.

During the month of marathons, Jones will be supporting the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

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