Friday Inspiration: Wounded Veteran Summits Mount Everest

Posted: May 20, 2016 5:01 PM

To start your weekend on a stirring and patriotic note, please enjoy this goosebumps-raising story featured on Good Morning America, which profiles a US Marine who lost part of his leg while serving in Afghanistan -- then climbed the tallest peak on the planet.  Video via the WFB:

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran made history Thursday as the first ever combat-wounded amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, 30, climbed the 29,029-foot summit of the highest mountain on earth with a prosthetic leg after being involved in a blast in Afghanistan in 2011 that left him with serious injuries to his right food and hand. Linville, a father of two from Boise, Idaho, decided to have his right leg amputated below the knee after rehabilitation and reconstructive surgeries, according to The Heroes Project , an organization that leads mountaineering expeditions with gravely wounded veterans and active service members. Linville and his climbing partners battled winds of up to 50 miles per hour during the nine hours it took them to reach Mt. Everest's summit.

Remarkable. For more information about the Heroes Project, visit the organization's website HERE.