NATIVE TEXAN MARINE AMPUTEE FINISHES BOSTON MARATHON

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Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, who served in the United States Marine Corps, lost his leg in Afghanistan in 2011 when an IED exploded.

During his time in the hospital recovering, his unit sent him an American flag. It was that flag which he proudly carried with him during the Boston Marathon.

The Marine ran the marathon to raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund, an organization which provides “immediate assistance and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill, and injured service members and their families.”

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“It’s for others to be inspired, to be motivated. I don’t do it for myself,” Sanchez told WBZ. “We live for others — I’ve learned that throughout being angry, and frustrated, and with all that PTSD. I’m channeling it to be positive and to give back to whatever I have taken away from the community.”

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