- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A group of injured soldiers has summited California’s Mount Whitney to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The 13 servicemen and women representing four branches of the military reached the top of the highest peak in the contiguous United States at dawn Thursday. Many of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and have traumatic brain injuries. Others have lost the use of their limbs.

The expedition was organized by the Fort Collins, Colorado-based group Soldiers to Summits, which uses outdoor expeditions to help wounded veterans overcome obstacles in their lives. It sponsored a team that competed in a race to the South Pole with Britain’s Prince Harry last year.

They trained in Colorado over the summer and were led by mountaineers Charley Mace and Jeff Evans.

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