FALLON, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- More than 50,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors and marines have been injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them are now amputees, and are tasked with learning to live their life all over again.
In 2010, Rob Jones, a Purple Heart recipient and 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist, lost his legs above the knee in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. Rob’s recovery and rehabilitation following his injury was long and tedious.
Through it all, he did not lose his dreams of living a life full of purpose. He pushed the boundaries of possibility, learning to ride an upright bike without knees, quads, calves, ankles and feet.
Now, he is riding across the country, 5,400 miles in all, from Bar Harbor, Maine to Camp Pendleton near San Diego, in an effort to raise $1 million for three nationally-recognized military charities that helped him survive, recover and live. The charities are Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, Semper Fi Fund, and Ride2Recovery.
“I wanted to be able to give back,” said Jones. “I feel very satisfied that I'm able to do that and that I can continue to help them do good things for wounded veterans.”
After nearly six months on the bike, averaging 31 miles per day, Rob is looking forward to the home stretch of his journey. "It’ll be nice to be able to get over Carson Pass here, and cruise into San Francisco and ride on some relatively flat ground.”
Jones is spending the night in Fallon, and will continue through Carson City, over Carson Pass and down into San Fransicso, then complete the final portion of his ride to San Diego by mid-April.
Jones will donate 100% of money raised to the three charities. To donate to any of the three, head to these websites: The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, the Marine Semper Fi Fund and Ride 2 Recovery.