Last month we told you about Rob Jones, the veteran who lost both his legs while serving with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and was on a mission to run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 major cities. Well, we’re happy to update you to let you know this veteran reached his goal and did what he set out to do, finishing appropriately in Washington, D.C. on Veteran’s Day.
The 32-year-old vet started in early October and after running in three countries and 22 states, Jones finished his last run at the National Mall on Saturday morning. At every stop in his nearly 9,600 mile journey, he strapped on his prosthetic legs and ran 26.2 miles and raised around $135,000 for veteran’s groups along the way.
“I want people to know that a wounded veteran is not a broken veteran,” Jones says. “A wounded veteran is just somebody that needs to find their new path, and how they’re going to keep fighting and keep contributing to their country. Each veteran is their own person. You just have to get to know them, and listen to their story.”