The first combat amputee to climb Mount Everest is back home in Idaho.
Friends and family gathered at the Boise Airport Tuesday night to welcome U.S. Marine Corps veteran Charlie Linville home after four months away.
The 30-year-old Boise native climbed the world's tallest peak earlier this month, reaching the summit on May 19. 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 roadblocks and it's whether you're going to rise to the occasion and accomplish what you set forth."
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