Boise Veteran And Amputee Returns After Climbing Mount Everest
USMC Staff Sergeant, Charlie Linville, the first combat amputee to climb Mount Everest that we talked about last week, is back in the Treasure Valley.
Friends and family gathered at the Boise Airport last night to welcome the U.S. Marine Corps veteran home.
The 30-year-old Boise native climbed the world's tallest peak earlier this month. It was his third attempt to reach the summit with the Heroes Project.
Linville stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011 and after a year of trying to save his right leg, doctors decided to amputate it below the knee. The retired staff sergeant was a member of a bomb disposal unit.
He says he's proud of his accomplishment and hopes it inspires others to overcome adversity.
"I hope that people see that when you set a goal, you set a big goal and not just something you can attain next week," Linville said. "Understand that you're going to have road blocks and it's whether you're going to rise to the occasion and accomplish what you set forth."
Linville plans to relax and spend time with his family before setting his next big goal.