Marine lost leg in Afghanistan, climbs Mt. Everest

A Wounded Warrior who lost his leg in Afghanistan has become the first combat-wounded U.S. veteran to climb to the top of Mount Everest. Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville reached the summit of the world's tallest mountain yesterday.

"Charlie Linville has officially made history as the first combat wounded #veteran to ever reach the top of Mount Everest. He couldn't have reached the top of the world without your support and encouragement. With this accomplishment, Operation 7 Summits is complete!" The Heroes Project announced on Instagram.



The group uses the climbs to empower wounded veterans and inspire them to do great things despite their injuries. In addition to losing his leg, 30-year-old Linville suffered a severe brain injury when a bomb that he was defusing went off in Afghanistan in 2011.

He reached the 29,000-foot summit on his third attempt.

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