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MILITARY: Disabled vets climb Mount Rainier

Letter by Skip Dreps, Burien on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | 4 Comments »
July 12, 2012 1:04 pm

This week those of us who are disabled from their military experiences look up. We look to Mount Rainier and we wish Godspeed to Sgt. Keith Zeier and 2nd Lt. Victor Munoz as they attempt to summit the mountain. We are with them in spirit.

Zeier graduated early and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17.. While on deployment, his vehicle was struck by an IED. As a result of the blast, he suffered a TBI and the amputation of his left leg above the knee. He is now retired and is a full time student at Columbia University.

Munoz was raised in a military family and received his bachelor’s in science from West Point. He was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident. He has participated in the limb-salvage program at the Center for the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis. His medical evacuation board recently found him fit for duty, and he plans to attend the Aviation Captains Career Course in September.

This is the fifth year Camp Patriot has sponsored severely disabled veterans climb and summit Mount Rainier. For more information on Camp Patriot and to support their efforts, please visit camppatriot.org.

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