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Double amputee Marine rides through Tri-State in cross-country journey

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MCLEAN CO., KY (WFIE) -

A Marine veteran who had so much taken from him in 2010, is now paying it forward, beginning a movement and hoping to inspire the nation. 

Decorated Marine, Rob Jones, is a double amputee after stepping on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. He's been awarded a Purple Heart. He won the Bronze Medal in the 2012 Paralympics for rowing.

Now, he passed through Kentucky on Tuesday in route to California. He's biking 5,000 miles to show others if you embrace your limitations, you can learn to thrive from them.

"It became clear to me that I was going to be able to come back from it, and I had all sorts of support so there wasn't a doubt in my mind," Rob told 14 News.

Rob is now riding across America, with his brother driving behind him, and the 1,900 miles, so far, haven't been easy.

"I haven't had too much bad weather. I've only been rained on three to four times. Today's probably one of the coldest days of the year," Rob said.

He hopes to raise $1 million for veteran's causes, but also work as a spring board for other amputees and veterans to survive, recover and live. 

"Having people say that to themselves is one of the things I hope would happen, when people heard about what I'm doing. It's really satisfying and I'm proud of it," he said.


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