Veterans’ Climb Against Unimaginable Odds for the Most Honorable of Reasons


Mt Everest

Active duty officers and veterans carried pics of fallen soldiers on their Mt. Everest Climb and they did it for a great cause.

The soldiers who climbed Mt. Everest aren’t ordinary men. They have overcome great adversity to climb Mt. Everest and are a testament to how special these men truly are.

Harold Earls and Chad Jukes
Harold Earls and Chad Jukes

Harold Earls and Chad Jukes have just made it back from the top of the highest peak in the world for a great cause to help soldiers who have PTSD and are considering suicide.

Chad Jukes in 2006 he lost part of his right leg after an IED attack on his U.S. Army convoy in Iraq. He also has PTSD.

Thomas Charles “Charlie” Linville, 30, summited the mountain on Thursday. Linville, who had his right foot amputated, was the first combat-wounded veteran to reach the summit of Mount Everest, according to the Heroes Project, an organization that leads veterans and active service members on mountain expeditions.

The Heroes Project

Earls, who traveled with Jukes, described extreme weather that made the descent terrifying.

“On the way down we ran into some incredibly intense winds and storms which made it very difficult coming back down,” he said. “My Sherpa actually got snowblinded at one point and we were trading goggles back and forth. It was a very intense moment.”

It was exhausting, Jukes said.

“I faced very steep odds descending and very hostile conditions and jet stream winds which were probably100 MPH,” he said.

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The group’s true mission and cause is trying to help our soldiers back home, especially those with post-traumatic stress disorder and those considering suicide.

More than nearly 200 climbers have died on Everest. Most bodies are left on the mountain because it’s just too dangerous to retrieve them.

For this team, making it back was part of their mission.

Talking about their fight for military veterans suffering from PTSD is the next part.