It was an incredible sight, veterans running the grueling 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon. Nearly 20 military veterans wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan ran the Boston Marathon on Monday.
A team called the “Freedom Team,” sponsored by Achilles International, trained the veterans, several who are amputees and have lost limbs while serving.
Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, who lost the lower part of his leg after he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, ran while carrying an American flag that was signed by many who served with him in Afghanistan. “I want to recognize veterans and everyone who thinks they can’t do something,” Sanchez said.
Another veteran, Earl Granville, a 9-year veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, lost his leg when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle in Afghanistan. Granville has competed in multiple marathons including Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit all using a hand-bike. Towards the end of the race however, Granville picked up his race partner and guide and carried her over the finishing line.
Unbelievable what these veterans have accomplished!