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Marine veteran Rob Jones, 28, lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan
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BAR HARBOR — Retired Marine and U.S. Paralympian Rob Jones is on a quest to raise $1 million for the charities that supported him after he was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. Jones kicked off his cross-country cycling trek in Bar Harbor on Monday and doesn't plan to quit until he's reached San Diego, Calif., sometime between February and April.

What makes Rob's journey so unique is that he will be pedaling his bicycle with prosthetic legs. During his deployment to Afghanistan, the Marine combat engineer was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in double above-knee amputations of both his legs.

"Most people don't understand just how difficult it is to ride a bike with prostheses," Jones explained in a news release. "Most people use their quads, calves and glutes to pedal, while I am only able to use my glutes. It's extremely challenging, but I'm determined to achieve my goal."

Jones is no stranger to world-class achievements. Last summer, he and his partner won a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Sculls event. He has competed in the Marine Corps 10K (6.2 Miles), the Army 10-Miler, the Charlottesville Half Marathon, the CFI Mini Triathlon, and the Nation's Olympic Distance Triathlon (a 0.9-mile swim, 24-mile bike, and a 6.2-mile run). In 2012, Jones was named USARowing's "Man of the Year."

His journey will take him from Bar Harbor south along the Atlantic seaboard to Blacksburg, Va., where he will pivot west and begin the cross-continental march to San Francisco. He will then continue south toward his personal finish line in San Diego. By then, he will have covered 5,400 miles, averaging 30 miles per day.

Why is he doing this?

"It's simple, really. I am committed to giving back to the charitable organizations that were there for me in my darkest hours," he said in the release. "They helped me stand back up on new legs, learn how to walk again, then ride a bike again, then become a world-class rower. Now, with the help of patriotic and generous Americans, I intend to pay it forward, so those organizations can help even more wounded soldiers, like me, in their time of greatest need."

Virtually unique among other ambitious fundraising initiatives, 100 percent of the money donated to the Rob Jones Journey will go to the charities he is supporting: The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, the Semper Fi Fund and Ride 2 Recovery. Jones has already secured enough funds to purchase the equipment, including a support vehicle, he'll need to complete his trip. He will be counting on the kindness of his fellow Americans for an occasional meal and overnight accommodations; but all cash donations made through his web site, RobJonesJourney.com, will pass directly through to the charities.

His fundraising goal is $1 million.

"It's important to me that people know I'm not getting anything out of this financially," Jones explained. "While I will accept certain in-kind sponsorships from companies that want to support me, any cash they provide will go straight to the charities. Just like the funds individuals donate. This is truly all about giving back."

Jones has already secured one corporate supporter, Bonk Breaker Energy Bars, which is supplying its products to help fuel his journey.

"Rob is one of the most inspiring men I have ever had the honor to meet," said David Walker, President & CEO of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, in the news release. "He is obviously a unique individual, but the role he plays in motivating and challenging his fellow combat wounded and in raising funds and awareness for organizations like ours, is extraordinary."

In his short adaptive rowing career, Jones and his Team Bad Company partner, Oksana Masters, have won several major competitions, including the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Selection Trials, the 2012 World Rowing Final Paralympic Qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia, and the 2013 U.S. Para-Rowing Championships. The pair placed third in the Samsung World Rowing Cup in England earlier this year, and fourth at the World Championships in South Korea in August.

To learn more about Jones or to support his fundraising trek, visit RobJonesJourney.com.
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552 Fort Evans Rd NE #300 Leesburg, VA 20176
552 Fort Evans Road Northeast #300USVirginiaLeesburg20176
(703) 291-4605saluteheroes.org
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Providing Emergency Financial Aid and Other Services to Veterans Severely Wounding in Iraq and Afghanistan
For the thousands of seriously wounded veterans  in Afghanistan and Iraq, the struggle to overcome the challenges in their lives caused by the injuries and illnesses they sustained in combat is one that must be endured every day.

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes was established to ensure that in return for the sacrifices they made for us, these wounded veterans and their families receive all the support needed to restore their hope and rebuild their lives.

Founded in 2004 as a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, the Coalition is among the nation’s leading charities whose donors provide the wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom the aid and assistance needed for their long roads to recovery.

Business History   
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH, the Coalition) was established in 2004 to provide severely wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families, with emergency financial assistance and other support services to help them recover from their injuries and rebuild their lives.

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Back Pack, T-Shirts, Dog Tag, Sweaters, Hats, Stickers, Coffee Mug, Books, Hero Band

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Emergency Aid, Jobs, Workforce Training

Areas Served   
Loudoun County, Leesburg (part of loudoun county)

Year Founded   
2004

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Tom Remington
10 months ago
We were very surprised to receive a gift card in the mail. I am truly thankful and now I don't have to worry about if my family will have a good meal. The card was very nice. Recognition for my service to our great country is always appreciated. I take pride in my service. I am currently being medically retired and this whole process has been very stressful. The transition process is very worrisome with all the unknown we are facing. Being recognized and appreciated is very uplifting during these hard times. I hope you all know how much this is a blessing to my family and me.
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Whitney Gry
a year ago
I want to express to you how much your gift has lifted my family’s spirits. My wife and I want to say THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. We will be able to give our 4 kids a Christmas with the gift you provided. I have so many tears of joy from the gift. You really just don’t know the feeling of hope you have put into our hearts. The joy on my kids face this Christmas will be because someone cared about a Soldier not able to provide for his family because I was blown up in Iraq. My heart is so full of joy over this gift and my family thanks you from the very bottom of our hearts. Please give the person that gave my kids Christmas a hug and tell them we thank you.
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Avery Casovia
a year ago
I wanted to take this time to tell you all how grateful I am for the gift my family received from The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. I gives me so much joy in my heart to know that people during this time of the year take the time out of there busy schedules to let all of us Veterans know that we are still appreciated for the service to our country. This gift could not have come at a better time for my family, times are hard and it really helped make my families Christmas one that we will remember and that to me is the most important thing to me. The Coalition does so many great things for us Veterans and it makes me feel so good about my service when people thank me for it in any way. I hope that you all know just how much the things that you do truly help. God bless you and yours, and I hope you all have the Merriest Christmas ever!
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Oscar Hoffmann
a year ago
Soldiers embody self-sacrifice and devote their loves to the defense of this great nation. The support you have shown our men and women in uniform has had an indelible impact on not only their lives but the lives of their families.
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Rafael Hernandez
a year ago
I recently received your wonderful donation from your organization and your many donors this holiday season. I am simply at a loss for words to describe my appreciation for your gift. I have had a rough go at it this last year. My family has been torn apart by the separation of my long time significant other. The hidden scares and symptoms that I have from combat haunt me to this day, where the determining factors in her decision to end our relationship and in turn ending our family unit. I take responsibility for my failures as man. I work very closely with my VA therapists and medical providers in my rehabilitation. But this has caused our very young children to live in two separate households as well as spend endless amounts money and resources in court fees, just to be in my children's lives that I love so very much. After paying all my obligations and everyday needs there wasn't to much in my budget to celebrate Christmas with the children this year. Until I unexpectedly opened the mail today and saw a more than generous token of good will and kindness that has lifted my spirits beyond explanation. I am now able to have a nice little Christmas for my children. I can't tell you how grateful I am. You have truly brightened my world this holiday season. So if could pass on my deepest gratitude and appreciation to your many donors and wonderful organization that made this happen. I would be very thankful.
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Randal Guo
a year ago
Your kindness and generosity are much appreciated. It's refreshing to know what that there are genuine people like Agnes Karan out there who care. Our family is very grateful for foundations like yours.
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Max Wash
a year ago
For over 237 years, our Soldiers and their Familes have been the strength of our great nations in peace and at war. They make personal sacrifices to preserve our liberty, serving on front lines around the world.
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harry brown
a year ago
Soldiers and their Families embody what is best about America. Their willingness to make sacrifices in order to build a better future for others and preserve our way of life is a great strength of our Nation.