Three Disabled Veterans from three wars, all amputees, with only one good leg between them, summit Mt. Kilimanjaro
Six days after they began their journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa, three veteran servicemen, all missing one or both lower limbs, reached their goal Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 a.m. EDT.
The three climbers, from Disabled Sports USA's Warfighter Sports program are: Retired Army Sgt. Neil Duncan, 26, Denver, a double leg amputee injured in Afghanistan; retired Army Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins, 37, Jacksonville, Fla., a double below knee amputee injured in Iraq; and retired Sgt. Kirk Bauer, JD, 62, Ellicott City, Md., a single above knee amputee injured in Vietnam. Bauer is executive director of Disabled Sports USA.
"Our message in this climb is to both our wounded military, who have made such a sacrifice to this great country of ours; and to people with disabilities throughout the nation," Bauer said. "If three veterans from three wars and two generations with one good leg between them can climb the tallest mountain in Africa, then all with disabilities can choose to be active and healthy through sports."
Robert is recently retired from the ARMY as a Cavalry Scout and was familiar with Trijicon products having been issued an ACOG while in Iraq. Robert\'s stories of the war effort are inspiring and definitely not the spin the media typically puts on them. After serving in Iraq for 10 months and having his daughter born while there, the Bradley Robert was driving was hit by an IED which went off under his driver\'s seat taking his right leg with it. Robert is a proud American and Cavalry Scout and explains he would head back to Iraq tomorrow if they let him! Trijicon is proud to support organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project which supports guys like Robert and enables them to get back to the outdoors they love.
Robert recently attended a turkey hunt at Rancho Ala Blanca Lodge in Mexico. He used a Trijicon RedDot on a M1 Benelli.
Mark had the opportunity to attend Steamboat Springs All Mountain Ski Camp January 19-22, 2008
Mark Mix in Chile
Here are a few shots from Mark's latest adventure to Chile.
Mark Mix in Chile
Mark Mix is a Navy Veteran. He served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his first deployment to the Philippines he shattered 4 vertebrae in his neck. During his recovery mark fought to return to active duty. Six months later he was off to Iraq, where he was injured by a mortar blast. Mark has had many surgeries and is paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn\'t let his disability get him down, but believes that it makes him stronger. Mark has learned to ski and hopes to compete in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
\"I have been to the Philippines and Iraq. To accomplish my duty as an US Petty Officer in the Navy\'?묢s Elite Battalion. My mission was not complete. Now I feel I can complete my goal by representing you in the US Olympics.\"
On October 15, 2007, 28 wounded warriors were honored at the Lincoln Center in New York. The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project is a partnership between Disabled Sports USA, its chapters and the Wounded Warrior Project, providing year round sports programs for severely wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict and the Global War on Terrorism.
O&P Extremity Games 2
The 2007 O&P Extremity Games took place in Orlando, Florida during July 19-21, 2007. The O&P Extremity Games is an extreme amature sporting competition for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference. Participants demonstrate skill, presistence and passion while competing for cash and other prizes. The events include skateboarding, wakeboarding, BMX biking, rock climbing, kayaking and surfing.