Sadly, it’s not uncommon for soldiers to return home from overseas with severe injuries. Many handle their injuries in different ways—something that is made quite evident in the case of Rob Jones.
Jones, a recipient of the Purple Heart, lost both of his legs above the knee while in Afghanistan. Obviously, with such an injury, his rehabilitation process was a long and grueling one. But he never gave up, and when it was all said and done, was more motivated than ever to live his life the way he wanted, which involved riding a bike across the US.
Since his recovery and rehabilitation, Jones has become a Paralympic bronze medalist and, as he puts it, “I wanted to be able to give back. I feel very satisfied that I’m able to do good things for wounded veterans”.
Jones has been able to do just that by attempting to raise more than $1 million for three military charities that helped him in the course of his own recovery.
He has been riding across country—from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Diego, California, for roughly six months. Averaging 30 miles a day, Jones is able to ride after learning to ride an upright bicycle without any power beneath his knees.
With his home stretch ahead of him and his trek nearly over, Rob Jones is a reminder of just how capable those with disabilities can be when they put their hearts and minds first. His ride should be over around the middle of April, and he hopes to not only serve as an inspiration to other disabled veterans, but to also raise the money necessary to help make their lives a better.