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Community Shows Support For Wounded Veterans In Training To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Air Force Captain Sarah Evans, Air Force Captain Joe Evans, Army Staff Sgt. Orlando Gill, Marine Corporal Nick Perales, Military MP Steve Martin and Oklahoma National Guard Sgt. Kisha Makerney are wounded warriors training for the climb of their lives.  (credit: CBS 11 News)

Air Force Captain Sarah Evans, Air Force Captain Joe Evans, Army Staff Sgt. Orlando Gill, Marine Corporal Nick Perales, Military MP Steve Martin and Oklahoma National Guard Sgt. Kisha Makerney are wounded warriors training for the climb of their lives. (credit: CBS 11 News)

KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) - A group of amputee veterans were surprised Saturday morning by some community supporters at Keller Pointe athletic facility.

Early next year the veterans will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. For the six amputee wounded warriors, the trip will signify overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.

“We hope it’s going to be a great example,” said amputee veteran Stephen Martin.

They will push themselves, overcoming their physical limitations and achieving their goals.

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

Training is an essential part of such a tremendous undertaking. The amputees were on a training hike through Keller’s Bear Creek park trails Saturday when they came upon on a group of 100 people holding signs.

The organizer of the group said that since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, more than 50,000 service members have come back stateside, with severe, war related injuries. He said the road to recovery for vets, physically and mentally is a long one. The effort made by the six wounded warriors to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in their current physical condition, will be a giant step forward on their road to a full recovery.

It’s a giant leap, which deserved acknowledgement and a heartfelt expression of gratitude from the community.  The Wounded Warrior Project is a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of 9/11/2001.

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