Marine Sgt. Jeremy Soles cares deeply about our wounded veterans, so much so that a year ago he founded Team X-T.R.E.M.E., a team consisting of five runners who attempt rigorous physical challenges to bring attention to the struggles of disabled service members.
Soles met Cpl. John Peck at Walter Reed Army Medical Center last month, at which time he gained the inspiration he needed for this year’s challenge. Peck had lost his arms and legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in May, but “his attitude was buoyant,” and Soles decided he’d run the 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon in Peck’s honor.
Not only would he run the marathon, he decided to do it while wearing a gas mask to serve as a symbol of the suffering endured by Peck and hundreds of thousands of other veterans whose lives were forever altered by the trauma of war.
Details of this run are highlighted in a FoxNews.com article published 11/09/10, entitled:”Marine Runs Marathon in a Gas Mask to Raise Awareness for Disabled Veterans.”
It was stated in the article:
But running more than 26 miles with restricted oxygen proved no easy task for Soles, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, who compared the challenge to running while “sucking a straw” or “putting a snorkel to your head.”
The photo accompanying the article has this caption: “Oct. 31: Marine Sgt. Jeremy Soles, left, presents Cpl. John Peck, right, with the Marine Corps Marathon Finisher medal after Soles ran the 26.2-mile marathon in a gas mask.”
Cpl. John Peck is shown in the photo wearing not only the medal, but also a broad smile, something that undoubtedly gave Marine Sgt. Jeremy Soles a great deal of pleasure.
Our Wounded Warriors
If you have not done so, please take a few moments to visit the Wounded Warrior Project website and learn more about how our disabled veterans are being helped through activities sponsored by that Project.
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Giving Healing and Self-Esteem Back to Wounded Veterans
Severely Injured Military Heroes Are Helped by “Homes for Our Troops”
Helping American Heroes Stay Connected with Their Loved Ones
American Military Heroes: How Americans Are Giving Back
Supporting “Any Soldier”: What to Send; How to Send
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