The mountain Mt. Everest (8848m) with a white cloud on top,
Mt. Everest with a white cloud on top, seen from Gokyo Ri at sunset. Frank Bienewald—LightRocket/Getty Images

2 Combat-Amputee U.S. Veterans Summit Mount Everest

May 25, 2016

An Iraq veteran who summited Mount Everest on Tuesday was the second combat amputee in a week to climb the world's highest mountain.

Chad Jukes, 32, lost his leg in a roadside bomb while serving in the Army and climbed Everest wearing a prosthesis, USA Today reported. 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.

Meet the #OperationEverest team! This is our hero USMC SSGT Charlie Linville getting ready to head up to the first camp, extra leg in tow.

Posted by The Heroes Project on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jukes was part of a climbing group sponsored by U.S. Expeditions and Explorations, aiming to raise awareness about military suicides and post-traumatic stress disorder. His team also included two active-duty Army officers, Army Times reported.

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As the 2016 climbing season nears its end, climbers also suffered a deadly weekend on the summit as three people died, two went missing and about 30 become sick or contracted frostbite.

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