‘I Can’t Quit’: Why One Wounded Army Vet is Running a Marathon to Benefit USO Alaska
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By Sandi Moynihan and Eric Brandner; Edited by Sandi Moynihan | May 2016
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Josh Revak always wanted to run his hometown’s signature race. But a 2006 injury in Iraq left him wondering if he’d be able to run again at all. The former Army tanker was severely wounded and nearly lost his right foot during a 2006 deployment to Iraq. Unable to be active on his salvaged foot, Revak put his marathon dreams behind him — until now.
Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, Revak dreamed of running Grandma’s Marathon, a race that’s finish line was near his front door. On June 18 – thanks to a a special, custom-made orthotic he received last year – he’ll finally get his chance. And he’s doing it to benefit USO Alaska, an organization he shares a unique bond with, dating back to the days after his injury. Watch the video to hear Josh’s story.
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