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    Wounded Veterans Arrive for Boston Marathon

    Ten veterans with the Achilles Freedom Team came to Massachusetts from Walter Reed Medical Center to partake in the 119th running of the historic race. (Published Saturday, April 18, 2015)

    Ten wounded veterans arrived from Walter Reed Medical Center to a cheering crowd at Logan International Airport Saturday. They've traveled to compete in the Boston Marathon as part of the Achilles Freedom Team.

    "The team, for so many reasons, is just thrilled to be in Boston," said Director Janet Patton.

    This is Army Sgt. Christopher Anderson's first time in Boston, but it isn't his first marathon handcycling with the team.

    Anderson was injured while serving in Afghanistan, but he hasn't let his injury slow him down.

    "It's therapeutic, and it's a support system," said Anderson. "You've got your family's support, your friends, volunteers, a whole community."

    For the first responders, and others who stood by saluting, cheering and holding American flags, they say it's the least they can do to show these brave heroes the welcome and support they deserve.

    "I want them to know we love them, we're proud of them, and I can't do enough for them," said Bernadette Ippolito, a supporter whose son serves in the U.S. Army.

    "Having lost my husband on 9/11, I feel very personal about their service and the sacrifices that they've made," said Christie Coombs of the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation. "Being here for the Boston Marathon shows how far they've come in their recovery, having lost limbs, having been paralyzed, having gone through what they've gone through."

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