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Former Fighter Jet Pilot Running for Wounded Warriors

Updated: 08/13/2014 10:47 PM
Created: 08/13/2014 4:36 PM WDIO.com

Eric Chandler has been running basically his whole life. But now, he's got an extra reason to get out there.

He's running the entire length of the Superior Hiking Trail, which is about 300 miles. He's tackling it in sections. His goal is to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured military members with services and programs, as they transition to civilian life.

Chandler recently retired as a pilot with the 148th Fighter Wing. He served multiple tours in Iraq, and one in Afghanistan.

He said when in Iraq, his fellow airmen would volunteer at the military hospital. But he couldn't bring himself to do it. 

"I was a chicken. I didn't want to see my fellow soldiers and airmen who had been injured. But then I met Private First Class Kyle Lynch," Chandler told us. That was in 2012.

Lynch was shot in the chest, and was recovering. "He planned on going back to his unit." Chandler showed him around the flight line. It was after that visit that he had a change of heart.

"I realized I should have helped out more in the past," he said. So his way of helping is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

He has done about 60 miles of the trail so far. His goal is to finish by the end of October. He hopes to raise $1200 for the Wounded Warrior Project. 

"I figure it's kind of a way to make up for time I could have spent in those hospitals."

His blog says, it feels good, even when he's running up hill. And he's not alone. His dog, Leo, is running with him.

To help Chandler reach his goal, check out his page:

https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/NorthShoreShmo/

Courtesy: Staff Sgt. Chris Axelson

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