Rob Jones’ life would be changed forever after his second deployment in Iraq in 2010. The combat engineer stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs while sweeping a Taliban territory with prevalent bomb activity. He survived, and is now determined not to allow the loss of his legs to effect how he will live the rest of his life.
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A long and grueling rehab followed his injury. Two years after his legs were amputated above the knee, the former Marine decided to participate in the Paralympics in London where he placed bronze in rowing, according to Men’s Health.
You would think that would be an impressive feat in itself, but not for Jones. He wanted more — a lot more. Jones loves to run. He ran all the time before his injury, and he wasn’t going to let the loss of his legs stop him from his passion.
Jones has now set his sights on running a marathon a day for the next month. One marathon would be more than impressive for a veteran who lost his legs, but to run 31 of them? That is simply unheard of. When speaking to Megyn Kelly on the Today show, Jones explained his outlook on life.
“I believe that when you’re faced with a tragedy or bad circumstances, it’s better to use those circumstances to your advantage to make yourself stronger.”
His marathons will take his across the United States to cities such as New York City, Boston, Toronto and Detroit. Jones continues to be humble even when he is in the spotlight participating in an impressive feat.
According to Sports Illustrated, Jones has said he will be raising money for three organizations that are close to his heart and his cause.
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund are organizations that encourage veterans injured in combat to not shy away from their injuries but to instead embrace them and not let anything hold them back.
If you wish to run one of these marathons with an American hero such as Jones, follow his website to see if he will be running in a town near you.