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MILTON, Fla. — Time and again Kirstie Ennis has gone to the extreme to "redefine what it means to be disabled," as the 28-year-old, above-the-knee amputee describes her purpose.

Next weekend, Ennis will begin her next mountain climb — Mount Everest.

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Building Homes For Heroes photo by Gary DeJidas

Five years after miraculously surviving a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, becoming a renowned athlete, gracing the cover of ESPN magazine, and drumming up support for her fellow wounded warriors, Marine Corps veteran Kirstie Ennis got a personal boost Sept. 16, when she was given the keys to a custom-built home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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Photo via The Veterans Project

Marine veteran, mountain climber, amputee athlete, and all-around badass Kirstie Ennis recently made the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, the first veteran to grace its cover. The yearly spread features nude and semi-nude photos of male and female athletes from all sports and vocations, both on and off the field, as a testament to the perseverance of both the human body and will — something Ennis captures perfectly.

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Photo courtesy of Kirstie Ennis

Editor’s Note: This Bob Woodruff Foundation article originally appeared on the blog of the Foundation, Writing for Heroes.

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