Wounded U.S. veteran in Antarctica: "We're going full force"

American Mark Wise leads his team into camp during the 208-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge in Antarctica, Dec. 8, 2013. Walking With The Wounded

Wounded servicemen and women from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia are participating in the 208-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. The charity trek 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 veteran Mark Wise, who was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan in 2009:

Another gorgeous day here down south in Antarctica, and the teams are getting ready to continue our movement south together. We’re going full force and the team has been working well together, and we will continue to do so now that we’re moving in the larger group. As you may know, the race portion of the trek has been called off due to some difficult weather conditions, so now all the teams are moving toward the pole together as one big team.

It’s been pretty neat to camp with the other teams, spending time socializing and supporting each other after a great day of skiing.

We really appreciate the support back home, and we’re going to keep moving south. Looking forward to the successful completion of the event, but we know we still have a long way to go. We still have another five days or so of skiing, but it will all be worth it in the end. We’re excited, so keep watching, and we’re ready to complete what we started.


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