AP photo via The Salt Lake Tribune's Leah Hogsten

Every year, around 800 people try to climb Mount Everest. And nearly 25,000 attempt Mount Kilimanjaro, while thousands of others seek glory atop mounts McKinley, Lobuche, Aconcagua, and Denali in epic feats of man versus mountain.

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Photo by Didrik Johnck

Two United States military veterans, Chad Jukes and Charlie Linville, are attempting to make history by being the first combat amputees to climb Everest.

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Photo by Didrik Johnck

Editor’s note: June 27 marks PTSD Awareness Day. Enacted by Congress in 2010, the day is supposed to raise awareness of the condition, its effect on individuals and their families, and possible treatments. In a June 20 article in USA Today, Gregg Zoroya wrote about the “potential flood of war-related” cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that scientists anticipate. According to a 300-page report, cases of service-connected PTSD increased tenfold between 2004 and 2012 to more than 650,000 among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. And more veterans are coming to the realization that they may not have escaped the invisible wounds of war.

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