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Amazing Wounded Warrior Completes Boston Marathon While Carrying American Flag

As we deal with our own personal struggles on a daily basis, it can be pretty tough to keep things in perspective. While our own personal problems can seem insurmountable at times, there’s a simple little trick that can really help you gain some much-needed clarity. The little trick calls for you to simply remember that there are others out there dealing with far greater obstacles, and many of them aren’t throwing in the towel and becoming defeated.

As ESPN shares, we have our latest example of that concept, and this is one that will be truly inspirational for even the most hardened souls. Former marine Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez completed the Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, and he did it while carrying the American flag across the finish line. While that’s a nice story in and of itself, it crosses the line into the remarkable when you realize that he lost the lower part of his left leg while serving the country.

Sanchez was serving in Afghanistan back in 2011 when he stepped on an IED. The explosion cost Sanchez his leg, but it didn’t cost him his will to fight or his spirit. He acknowledges that he’s had some dark times on his road to recovery, but one thing, in particular, inspired him.

"I boxed it up for three or four years because I didn't want to acknowledge it. One day, I opened it back up and read through the inspirational quotes they sent me, and I was motivated," he recalls.

He’s referring to the American flag that was sent to him by his patrol unit, who also sent him all sorts of inspirational quotes and well wishes. Sanchez took the inspiration and decided to do something with it, and he proudly carried the same flag across the finish line with him.

"I want to recognize veterans and everyone who thinks they can't do something,"

Source: ESPN
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