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October 25, 2013

Paralympian's journey for veterans passes through N.H.

DERRY — Paralympian Rob Jones rode through Danville, Derry and Pelham yesterday on his cross-country bike tour to raise $1 million for veteran charities.

“I got a welcome from the New Hampshire Patriot Guard in Derry,” he said a telephone interview from the road.

The motorcycle group participates in various veteran tributes.

Police officers and a highway crew in Hudson also stopped to say hello.

Admirers were taking him to Boston to see the Bruins last night, he said.

“Americans are extremely kind, generous and supportive people,” he said.

Jones, 28, hopes to complete his 5,400-mile, Bar Harbor-to-San Diego journey within six or seven months.

His ride will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and Ride2Recovery.

“These three worthwhile charities do a lot for veterans,” he said.

Jones estimated he rode 30 miles through New Hampshire.

He tries to average 30 miles per day, but will ride half as far on what he describes as rest days.

Jones, a Virginia resident and Marine Corps veteran, lost his legs in combat in Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart medal.

He competed in the 2012 Paralympics in London, winning a bronze medal in rowing.

Jones would like to see his trip inspire others.

“When people get to see me doing this difficult journey, I hope they can use this example for their own lives,” he said.

People interested in supporting his efforts can get more information at robjonesjourney.com and click on donations.

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