Marine Sgt. Rob Jones (ret.) was wounded in action in Afghanistan in 2010, during his second deployment to the Middle East. Rob stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), suffering severe injuries that resulted in bilateral above-knee amputation of his legs. Refusing to let his physical challenges define him, Rob subsequently won a bronze medal in Para Rowing at the 2012 Paralympic Games and became the only double above-knee amputee to ride a traditional bicycle across the United States, traveling from ocean to ocean and covering 5,180 miles. Rob is currently in the midst of running a “Month of Marathons,” during which he will complete 31 marathons in 31 days, totaling 812.2 miles. His multi-marathon journey began in London, has carried him throughout the U.S., and will culminate on Veteran’s Day (November 11th) in Washington, D.C.
Rob has several objectives for his Month of Marathons mission. First, he hopes to gain even greater mental and physical fortitude through the struggle, and, by so doing, encourage others to tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges in the face of adversity. Second, Rob aims to raise $1,000,000 for wounded veterans' charities. Third, he wishes to raise awareness concerning the struggle of America’s veteran population. A recent VA study points to an alarming suicide rate among veterans, estimating that 20 veterans each day, from the WWII generation to the current generation serving in the Middle East, take their own lives. Rob wants to highlight the love and appreciation that Americans have for our military veterans by sharing the story of his personal struggle and the overwhelming support he receives from the civilians he comes into contact with every day. Finally, Rob hopes to inspire action among our citizenry to actively support the veterans that have served, and continue to serve, our country.
We invite you to join BlenderBottle in supporting Sgt. Rob Jones and other U.S. military veterans, through elevating awareness of Rob’s Month of Marathons campaign and contributing to his goal of raising $1,000,000 for wounded veterans’ charities. Learn more here and join Rob and BlenderBottle, along with many active-duty service members, military veterans, and civilians, for the completion of his mission at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on November 11th.