United States Marines
Rob Jones is a study in bravery and determination. After losing both legs to an IED in Taliban territory in Afghanistan in 2010, the combat engineer might have given up, but instead he fought back. Rob, who lives in Charlottesville, Va., used his recovery time learning to use his new prosthetic legs and relearning other activities, including rowing. He enjoyed rowing so much he decided to try out for the 2012 Paralympics. After intense training and several qualifying events, Rob and his rowing partner won the bronze in London. Now, Rob plans to cycle across America for charity in fall 2013 to raise $1 million for charities aiding disabled veterans. He is also a motivational speaker, telling his story of triumph over adversity. Rob was awarded a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged in 2011.