Double Amputee Veteran Climbs Over 3,000 Steps to Raise Awareness for Vet Suicide Rates

Rare | 3/11/2019 | Silke Jasso
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Former Army Staff Sgt. Travis Strong is living up to his last name, after proving his strength by climbing the steep Manitou Incline in Colorado, despite the loss of his legs. This marked Strong’s second round trip of the hiking trail, the first climb lasting nine hours.

This time around, Strong finished in five hours and was accompanied by a group of Fort Carson soldiers with him. Strong stated it was much easier this time since he had back up, as well as water and energy snacks.

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The 41-year-old used his arms to climb up the stairs, with only gloves on his hands. Why did he decide to climb? He saw another double amputee military veteran, Mandy Horvath, who became the first female to climb the Incline Gains and Pike Peek last summer. Inspired by her climb, he decided to follow her steps. Strong and Horvath are the only two double amputees known to have scaled the incline.

Strong lost his legs during an attack in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2006 when he was in a Stryker vehicle. The vehicle was hit by a projectile that went through the truck and through his legs. Strong decided to...
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