News Marine Who Lost Leg In Afghanistan Reaches Everest Summit

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    Marine becomes first veteran wounded in combat to summit Mt. Everest
    NEW YORK -- On this Memorial Day we remember a Marine's remarkable journey -- one which nearly ended on a minefield in Afghanistan.

    Instead, he became the first veteran -- wounded in combat -- to summit Mount Everest.

    It took Charlie Linville seven weeks to reach the top of Mt. Everest. This was his third attempt.

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    Charlie Linville reaching the top of Mount Everest.

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    And he did it with a five-pound prosthesis strapped to his thigh.

    "I've pushed my body to the ultimate extreme and came out victorious," he said. "And so that's confidence I get to carry with myself forever."

    The 30-year-old Marine, a member of a bomb disposal unit, was badly injured in 2011 while in Afghanistan. The pain was so severe, he asked doctors to have his right leg amputated.

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    Charlie Linville after having his leg amputated.

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    "Then all of a sudden I was in a hospital bed where people wanted to push me in my wheelchair and had nothing but pity for me and felt sorry for me and wanted to take care of me all the time," Linville said.

    Soon after, Linville was introduced to Tim Medvetz, founder of the Heroes Project featured on "60 Minutes," in 2015. The organization trains gravely wounded veterans, to climb up some of the world's highest mountains, to help them regain their strength and ready themselves for a lifetime of highs and lows.

    "We're gonna show you what you're capable of and what those prosthetic legs are capable of," Medvetz said.

    How has Linville changed as a person since his injury?

    "I've changed completely," he said. "When I first got wounded, I was very depressed. I didn't know if life was worth living anymore."

    But Linville said he didn't just climb for himself.

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    Charlie Linville climbing Mount Everest.

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    "When I got to the summit of Mt. Everest, I took a few tokens of fallen service members -- some really great friends that I remembered. And I said a little prayer, not only for them, but for every service member that has given their life for our great country. At the top of the world because for me that is as close as I can get to them," he said.

    Honoring those who died while learning how to live, again.
     
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    Any politics in this thread will result in a five day ban.
     
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    Wow
     
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    Very cool!!!
     
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    So one legged guys can reach the top but a female vegan can't? :funny:
     
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    Yeah but I bet he doesn't have a hot sauce collection and a tram pass. :grad:
     
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    This one will be hard to beat.
     
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    That's just great! Good for him!!! :yes:
     
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    ya but I heard he took the handicapped trail up to the top, thats cheating
     
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    Probably had 4 Sherpas dragging his crippled ass up the mountain.

    They'll haul a soda machine to the top for enough Kat-Kat.
     
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    It's fucking tough to climb Mt. Everest when you have both legs and lots of money. David Lee Roth did an entire chapter in his book about how he failed to make that climb due to bad weather, and it's a pretty interesting story.
     
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    Of course he reached the top. 25% less frostbite.
     
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    Idaho native and when he gets home, he'll have a lot of renovations! He's one of ours!

    Group of local vets to surprise Charlie Linville with home renovations
    BY KBOI NEWS STAFFSUNDAY, MAY 29TH 2016
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    BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — Recently, Charlie Linville's accomplishment of becoming the first combat-wounded veteran to summit Mount Everesthas prompted local veterans to show him gratitude and support.

    Back at home, a couple of disabled veterans have come together to help out around Linville's house before he returns.

    The group went to Linville's house and built a ramp to his backyard porch, a new sidewalk, a parking path and a new fence. And they were more than happy to do the work.

    "Seeing the community come together here like this," said Dan McKnight, owner of Veteran's Concrete. "At one point, there was three different projects going on at the same time, the alley was full the driveway was full the yard was full of people."

    Their goal is to have all the projects finished by the time Linville comes home on Monday.
     
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    Meanwhile, Beth has all her limbs and hooves and won't even walk through the flat streets of Manhattan.
     
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    How much have Afghans donated so far for this guy? Mmm, hmm.
     
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    People think that it's just climbing up a mountain with low oxygen, but it's actually made up of an endless mine field of death defying obstacles like this: