Veteran Rob Jones was given the challenging task of searching for an IED on deployment in Taliban territory in Afghanistan when unfortunately a landmine exploded. Both his legs became “casualty “ of the incident.
Jones’ right leg was amputated above the knee, while his left, at the knee.
He was honorably discharged in December 2011. After almost six years, he’s ready to fight another battle, this time of his own choosing. On Monday, Jones will run his 12th marathon in as many days. It will be along KC’s Riverfront Heritage Trail.
Not only that but Jones has set the amazing goal of running for 31 straight days or a full month. He also has a special advocacy for the marathon series: to raise both awareness and funds for other wounded veterans, first responders, and their families.
The marathon is self-organized and managed. His condition has never prevented Jones from pursuing adventure sports even. In 2013, he went on a 5,000-mile bike trip around the country, raising $126,000 for charities also for the benefit of wounded veterans.
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The former Marine will also run in St.Louis, and after his KC run will immediately go to Denver in an RV for a marathon there next day.
He attributes his fortitude and bravery to his experience with the Marines. He shared that people must find ways to “use our own personal talents.” He also said: “One of mine is to endure things that most people wouldn’t. I think the Marines taught me that.”
He hopes to raise $1 million through his marathons titled “Rob Jones Journey.” He shared: “I intend to show my fellow veterans that they are not alone, and only need ask in order to receive all of the support they need.”
Jones is supporting the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.