ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A Marine whose life changed forever after being wounded in battle began a pretty powerful journey on Monday. He's biking across the U.S. to raise funds and bring hopes to people facing disabilities.
28-year-old Rob Jones is from Virginia. Three years ago he lost both of his lower legs after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan. Jones says it took a year and a half but he was eventually able to get back on a bicycle. He's also managed to make an impression on the world in recent years. Last year Jones won a bronze medal for rowing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Jones is now using his country ride to raise money for military charities. Jones says he hopes the trip will push people to take on challenges no matter how great they may seem.
"And I also want to show people with quote-unquote 'disabilities' are capable of enormous feats," he said, "and thirdly I just want to kind of figure out what I'm made of."
Jones says he's aiming to be in California six months from now. All proceeds raised from his ride will go to support three charities: the Coalition to Salute America's Hero's, the Semper Fi Fund and the Ride to Recovery. These are all groups that he says aided him and his family while he was recovering from his injury.