Monday, October 15, 2007

Former Soldier, Future Hiker

"Picture him hiking the Appalachian Trail, or learning to drive again -- dreams he has every intention of fulfilling." That's how Mary Haupt winds up her profile of Rick Yarosh in the (Binghamton, NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin of 15 October 2007 titled "Inspired by Rick Yarosh's strength of spirit".

The deal is that Yarosh had just returned home from an Army hospital whence he had gone after "an improvised explosive device blew up outside Baghdad, taking his right leg below the knee and leaving him burned over 60 percent of his body." From what Haupt writes, it sounds like Yarosh has the grit and positive outlook needed to get well enough to hike.

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