Rob Jones, a decorated Marine veteran who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2010 by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is about to begin his historic cycling Journey Across America. His goal is singularly focused – to raise money for Veterans’ causes. He hopes to raise $1,000,000 for charities such as The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, The Semper Fi Fund, and Ride2Recovery.
October 14, 2013, marks the day that Rob begins his journey. Armed with his bike and his prosthetic legs, Rob will begin his ride in Bar Harbor, ME, and cycle south through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and down to Virginia before heading west for San Francisco, and ending in San Diego. He will cover more than 5400 miles and will take anywhere from four to seven months to finish. Rob’s story is one of bravery and determination. After losing his legs, the combat engineer could have quit, but instead he fought back. Awarded a Purple Heart and honorably discharged in 2011, he decided that he was not done representing the United States. After intense training Rob learned to row, competed in several qualifying events, and won a slot in the 2012 Paralympics in London. He brought home a Bronze Medal, instilling hope and inspiration in others for their own future.
Rob was recently honored by PEOPLE/MLB Tribute for Heroes campaign at the Baseball All-Star Games. He was one of 30 selected from over 4500 nominations to participate in the pre-game ceremonies. “These men and women have served us all so courageously” First Lady Michelle Obama stated regarding this honor. He has also been featured in Sports Illustrated (April 29, 2013).
After intense training, Rob learned to ride a bike – no easy task when both of his legs are prosthetic. His decision to cycle across the US stems from his unwavering desire to continue to serve his country by helping US military personnel through Veteran’s organizations. He hopes “to show what we can do as a country if everybody is together on something.”
You can help Rob fulfill his mission of raising much-needed funds for Veterans causes. As First Lady Obama so eloquently remarked: “Now it’s our turn to step up and serve them as well as they have served us.” Rob stood the Post and guarded our freedom. Now we can honor Rob as he continues to inspire and help others.
Visit robjonesjourney.com and click on Donations to contribute.