Retired Staff Sergeant Chad Jukes, has had many battles with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and is a single-leg amputee on the USX climbing team whom if successful, will be the first combat wounded veteran to summit Mount Everest. On Dec. 17, 2006, while serving as the lead gun truck commander on a supply convoy in northern Iraq, Jukes’ vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). His right leg was amputated below the knee as a result. Since losing his leg, Jukes has never stopped climbing.
"Mom, what's the robot's name?" - child fascinated by my BiOM prosthesis.
As an avid adventurer, he has climbed extensively throughout the United States, and his mountaineering experience includes Mount Rainier, Grand Teton and Lobuche, a 20,000-foot climb in Nepal that documented Jukes’ journey with other veterans in the 2012 documentary “High Ground.” Jukes is climbing on behalf of No Barriers USA, a non-profit which empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world.