We recently checked in with Marine Corporal Rob Jones to see how he was doing. Rob told us, "I continue to strive to set a good example and a high standard of work for others to follow, and work my hardest to get to the level of those that are even higher than I am." Read more of his update below!
In November 2010, Marine Corporal Rob Jones was interviewed by a local news station. The video was great for many reasons. Viewer were able to hear directly from Cpl Jones -- how he was injured and how he was recovering at Walter Reed in Washington, DC. You also get to see Rob working out on his new legs. It was amazing to see him in action! Click on video below to see the full interview from November 2010.
Video by: AJ Messer/Frederick News Published Date: 11/11/10
We asked Rob to update us on how he was doing since the interview and here is his reply:
Dear Semper Fi Fund:
"Since the video for Veterans Day was filmed, I have continued to work my hardest in physical therapy 5 days a week. I have since advanced in my therapy to microprocessor knees, of which I am using my third set. Not because the other two have broken or anything, but because I am trying out all of the different options available. In an unfortunate fall in February I cracked the end of my left radius, but because of that my walking has gotten much better. It forced me to use only one cane and walk to therapy every day since I couldn't use my wheelchair. I am now walking everywhere I go with no canes, except in very special circumstances.
I just received scripts for a set of running feet, and will be beginning work on that soon. I have also managed to begin riding an upright bicycle, after many hours of very hard and sometimes frustrating work with my prosthetist, Zach, being the first double above knee amputee to come through Walter Reed to accomplish that feat that I know of. I will continue to work on that in order to pave the way for future amputees that are interested in riding upright bikes. I continue to strive to set a good example and a high standard of work for others to follow, and work my hardest to get to the level of those that are even higher than I am. As for outside of therapy, I am working towards an internship at the FBI, and experimenting with different sports with the possibility in mind that I may be able to compete at an elite level in the future. I recently joined an adaptive rowing class at the Capital Rowing Club in DC. I have begun my medical board process, and hope to be finished with that by the end of the year."
As Rob continues in his recovery, the Semper Fi Fund will be standing by ready to help with whatever he may need to ensure that his quality of life is the best it can be.
Please join us in cheering on Rob as he excels in recovery and life! He is a true hero!