Inspirational RideOctober 29, 2013
Hartford, CT – State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) cheers on Rob Jones, a double amputee and honored war veteran. Jones is riding his bike from Maine to California to raise money for Veterans organizations.
An Afghanistan War Veteran, Jones lost both legs in an explosion. He says he’s making this trip to give back to those charities which helped him recover from his injuries. Those charities include the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the Semper Fi Fund, and Ride 2 Recovery.
Jones has already raised more than $21,000, but has a long way to go to reach his goal of a million dollars. He joined the Marine Corps Reserves as a combat engineer during his junior year at Virginia Tech. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2010. That’s where he was injured by a roadside bomb.
Both of Jones’ legs had to be amputated above the knees. He was fitted with prosthetics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he used his time recovering to learn how to walk and ride a bike again.
The trip is expected to take six to seven months. You can follow Rob on his journey by visiting www.robjonesjourney.com