Former Marine Becomes First Combat Wounded Veteran to Summit Mount Everest: ‘I Got Up and I Did What It Took to Achieve a Dream’

On Tuesday, former marine Charlie Linville became the first combat wounded veteran ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

“It took them 9 hours, reaching the summit at 12:30pm and changing USMC SSGT Charlie Linville’s life and hopefully inspiring more injured veterans to overcome their injuries from the war,” Zach Rosenfield, a spokesperson for The Heroes Project, the organization that led the climb, said in a statement.

Former Marine Becomes First Combat Wounded Veteran to Summit Mount Everest: 'I Got Up and I Did What It Took to Achieve a Dream'| Sports, Real People Stories, Military and Soldiers

Charlie Linville during his military service

The Heroes Project

This was Linville’s third attempt at summiting the highest mountain in the world with the Heroes Project, a nonprofit that aims to help wounded veterans heal through climbs of the highest summits in the world.

Linville and Heroes Project founder Tim Wayne Medvetz’s first two Everest climbs were cut short by natural disasters. In 2014, the pair were forced to turn around after they narrowly missed an avalanche that killed 16 sherpas and the following year, they stopped climbing in order to help out with relief efforts after the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, killing more than 8,000.

Former Marine Becomes First Combat Wounded Veteran to Summit Mount Everest: 'I Got Up and I Did What It Took to Achieve a Dream'| Sports, Real People Stories, Military and Soldiers

Charlie Linville during his military service

The Heroes Project

Linville had his right leg amputated below the knee in 2012 after surviving a bomb blast in Afghanistan. The 30-year-old father of two from Boise, Idaho told PEOPLE before embarking for Nepal in April that the hardest part about his injury was that it changed how people treated him.

“I’m not upset about my injury but I can’t take people feeling sorry for me,” he said. Linville said that reaching the top of Everest would prove to himself and others that he was not defined by his injury.

Former Marine Becomes First Combat Wounded Veteran to Summit Mount Everest: 'I Got Up and I Did What It Took to Achieve a Dream'| Sports, Real People Stories, Military and Soldiers

Tim Medvetz and Charlie Linville on a previous Everest climb

The Heroes Project

“That’s what drives me forward – showing other people that getting injured didn’t define who I was, I got up and I did what it took to achieve a dream,” he said.

Linville added that he hopes that message will inspire other wounded veterans and show them that they too can achieve what may initially seem impossible.

“I really want to show other veterans that we can take our lives back,” he said. “It’s time to conquer our injuries and not let the injuries conquer us.”

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