As Rob Jones inched forward that day in Afghanistan, he knew danger could be found at every step.
Scanning for IEDs laid by the Taliban, metal detector in hand, he slowly worked his way down the path, hoping to protect his patrol…
And then, disaster.
Both of his legs were severed below the knee in a devastating explosion.
A trauma like this might have driven Jones into a spiral of depression or regret.
Many of his comrades struggle to put their lives back together when combat tears them apart…
But Jones has continued his mission of protecting his brothers in arms, but in a new way.
Raising awareness (and critical funds) to help beat the rising tides of veteran suicide and homelessness.
And while many of us make excuses to get up off the couch, Jones strapped on his two prosthetics and ran 31 marathons…in 31 days.
This marathon of marathons is just his latest inspirational feat.
He’s won a bronze medal in rowing at the 2012 Paralympics. And he’s ridden his bike from Maine to California – through the winter.
A journey of over 5,000 miles.
Jones won his medal just two years after losing his legs. He says “You can’t wait until you’re 100% ready to do something, because you’re never gonna do it.”
He’s right about that.
His hope is that he sets an example for others to do something positive…
“I hope… I will inspire others to follow in my footsteps, and make sacrifices of both time and effort toward a cause in which they believe. It doesn’t matter what the cause is specifically, as long as the person is contributing with full dedication.
There are over 300,000,000 Americans, and if each one of us were to dedicate ourselves to a cause, many of our country’s problems – for example homelessness and starvation – would be improved to the point of elimination.”
What’s your cause? And how can you dedicate yourself to making a difference?
Good questions for a Sunday.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance
P.S. If you want to read more about Rob Jones or donate to his cause, go here.