Two veterans who served in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan together love to go hiking with each other. The catch is that one lost his legs in combat.
Jonathon Blank and Nelson served together for 10 years in the special operations unit of the Marine Corps together in Afghanistan. “We shared a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we were, and it was all worth it,” Blank said. Nelson remembers stepping away from where Blank had been standing seconds before an explosive device went off.
Nelson carried Blank, who weighs 135 lbs, on his back for 14.3 miles, gaining 4,500 feet of elevation. “Not only have I lived through this, but we’re also special operations guys,” Blank said. “We can do anything. We can maybe instill that mindset into other people.”