Wounded U.S. veteran in Antarctica: Team banding together during uphill trek


 

Wounded servicemen and women from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia are competing in the 208-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. The charity race in Antarctica aims to raise money and awareness for disabled veterans transitioning back to civilian life.


 

Members of the U.S. team are filing voice blogs for CBSNews.com. Below is a dispatch from Army Capt. Ivan Castro, who was wounded by mortar shells during Operation Iraqi Freedom:

Today I'm sharing a tent with  Mr. Ed Parker, who takes very good care of me. We covered 17 kilometers today, and it seems like it has been all uphill. We only have 47 kilometers left to reach the South Pole, so we're all excited.


Alexander Skarsgard helps U.S. Army Capt. Ivan Castro as Team U.S. departs camp Dec. 12, 2013.
Alexander Skarsgard helps U.S. Army Capt. Ivan Castro as Team U.S. departs camp Dec. 12, 2013.
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 We have two days to go, and we are all banding together and just celebrating our achievement and what's to come.

The pain: feet, back, shoulders - everybody has pushed themselves really hard, but it's well worth it.

Stay tuned, and hopefully the next time I speak to you, we'll be at the South Pole. Thank you for the support.

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