AFGHANISTAN VETERAN CARRIES FELLOW MARINE WHO LOST HIS LEGS UP A MOUNTAIN

 
 

Marine veteran John Nelson climbed to the top of Mount Timpanogos in Utah a few days ago, but he wasn't alone, carrying up a friend and fellow Marine he served with in Afghanistan who lost his legs in a 2010 bomb attack there while they were together on a mission. Jonathon Blank said of him and Nelson, who carried him more than 14 miles to the summit, "We shared a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we were, and it was all worth it." Blank underwent some 60 surgeries over three years as he recovered, but he hasn't let losing his legs stop him, moving to Utah where he hunts, sails and skis. But he needed help from his friend Nelson to climb a mountain. He said, "We're also special operations guys. We're Force Recon Marines, we can do anything. Maybe we can instill that mindset in other people."

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