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Wounded Veteran bikes across America

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A U.S. Marine is traveling across the country with the goal to raise $1,000,000 for wounded Veterans. 

Rob Jones was injured while serving in Afghanistan where he lost both his legs. Now on a cross county journey, he wants to help others in the same situation. 
     
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps while attending Virginia Tech University. In 2008 Jones was deployed to Iraq, then again in 2010 to Afghanistan. 

"I was in Afghanistan just going to clear an IED area and it exploded," said Jones.

He lost both of his legs, but that wasn't enough to keep him grounded. Jones was determined to walk again, and give back to those who aided him. So with the help of others he learned to ride a bike. 

"I had to try over and over and fail over and over eventually I got the hang of it," said Jones. 

After completing a triathlon Jones decided to ride across America starting in his home state of Maine. 

Mid-way to his destination, Golden City, MO school children greeted him by waving flags as he rode into the Four States.

"That was really awesome I thought it was very inspiring," said elementary student Ry-Lynn. 

All proceeds raised on his journey will go to charities that aid veterans. Jones also hopes to help inspire others along the way.

"If there's something they want to do I hope they see I can do this, so they can do what they want to do," said Jones.

His final destination is San Diego, California.

Follow Rob Jones' Journey :http://www.robjonesjourney.com/





 

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