- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2016

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran conquered Mount Everest late Thursday and made history in the process: He is the first combat-wounded amputee to accomplish the feat.

Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, 30, scaled the 29,029-foot summit on his third attempt with The Heroes Project. The organization seeks to empower injured veterans and bring awareness to their cause.

The father of two from Boise, Idaho, has a prosthetic right leg due to a 2011 blast on a deployment to Afghanistan, which also injured his right hand. His previous attempts at climbing the mountain were curtailed after 18 sherpas died in an avalanche in 2014 and then again when an earthquake rocked Nepal, ABC News’s “Good Morning America” reported.

Just four days behind Staff Sgt. Linville’s team is former U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Chad Jukes. His right leg was amputated in December 2006 in Iraq after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED).

“We are feeling really good, feeling strong and I think the team is going to be successful,” the soldier told GMA by satellite phone. “I think for our team, the fact that we are climbing for a cause makes it that much more meaningful and it and it is definitely what drives me.”

Staff Sgt. Jukes is climbing the mountain with USX Veteran Everest Expedition, which spotlights veterans’ mental health needs.


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