Chuck Simmins of You Big Mouth, You! linked to this great story about one helluva Marine:
Local Marine injured in Afghanistan returning to duty Written by: Cheryl Preheim, 9NEWS ReporterThis Marine makes me proud to be an American and to call him a fellow Airborne graduate.
AURORA - A Marine from Aurora is making history. Nearly two years ago, Cpl. Chris Chandler lost part of his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.
Chandler was fitted with a prosthetic foot after the explosion. He worked to regain his strength so he could re-take the Marine physical fitness test. He didn't just pass, he also graduated from jump school, making him the first amputee to ever go through the elite parachuting training.
Naturally, his family is very proud. “It is groundbreaking because he does have a prosthetic foot and because he did do it on his own he didn't have to take an easy way out,” said Stephanie Chandler, Chris’ sister. “It was done just like anyone else.”
Chandler has also been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He's on his way back to Camp Pendleton in California until he is deployed back overseas. No word on just when he'll go.