An Army veteran performed an impressive feat to bring awareness to veteran suicide.
Army Staff Sgt. Travis Strong climbed 2,744 stairs at Manitou Incline in Colorado with just his arms. Losing both of his legs in 2006 in Iraq when his Stryker vehicle was “hit by a projectile that went through the truck and through my legs,” Strong has not let that slow him down. Strong climbed the almost three thousand stairs in about five hours along with a group of Fort Carson soldiers.
This is the second time Strong has made the climb. His first trip up the mountain took nine total hours but when he did it again in early March, Strong trimmed almost four hours off his previous time.
KRDO reports that Strong was inspired to make this trek after learning about another double amputee who made it up the stairs.
“He saw another double amputee military veteran, Mandy Horvath, who became the first female to climb the Incline Gains and Pike Peek last summer. Inspired by her climb, he decided to follow her steps. Strong and Horvath are the only two double amputees known to have scaled the incline,” according to Rare.
Strong is full of determination and motivation. While he has already broken his personal record, he wants to push himself even further so that other’s can see the reality of veteran suicides. Liftable reports, “Twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day in the United States. Strong plans to eventually climb the trail twice in one day, planting a marker emblazoned with “22” on every 22 steps.”
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Roger Stone Files Motion to Remove Judge From Controversial Case
Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison this week.
Roger Stone has filed a motion to remove the presiding judge from his controversial court case on Saturday, just days after the longtime Republican political operative was sentenced to a stringent 40-month prison term for lying to federal investigators.
Stone is seeking a new trial, and his legal team is pointing out evidence of Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s bias against their client as cause for a new judge. Jackson complimented the jury after they handed on the lengthy prison sentence on Stone for process crimes, stating that they had “served with integrity.”
There’s further reason to believe that Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump in the early days of his 2016 Presidential campaign, has been made a victim of deep-seated political bias during the trial, one of the few to result from Robert Mueller’s lengthy and ultimately empty Russian interference probe.
At least one juror has stepped forward to bemoan an effort by the DOJ to dial back aggressive prosecutors seeking to place Stone in prison for an even lengthier amount of time. Juror Tomeka Heart is a committed Democrat former congressional candidate. She’s posted at length on her personal social media about her personal dislike of President Trump.
It’s rather shocking that a juror with such a distinguishable political affiliation wouldn’t be passed up in a court case with direct national political implications. Stone’s lawyers mention Heart’s partisan affiliation in their court filing for a new trial and judge.
Stone currently remains free, pending his filing for a new trial.
Tucker Carlson discussed the pressing ethical lapses surrounding Stone’s conviction and sentencing during a segment on his show Thursday night.
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