Losing an arm in Afghanistan isn't stopping Private Jaco Van Gass from climbing the highest mountain in the world. The 25-year-old South African soldier is testing a prosthetic ice axe of his own design, which he'll use to climb Mt. Everest next month.
I'm sure you'll agree with me that a marathon is tough work as is, but while wearing a gas mask? Which reduces oxygen intake by 30 per cent? It's obvious Marine Sgt Jeremy Soles is tough as nails.
We didn't explicitly thank our veterans today. (Thanks. Your balls swing farther most of ours ever will.) Here's a vet to remember: Dick Proenneke, who in 1968 built an Alaskan cabin by hand and lived in it for 35 years.