During Roxas’ service in Iraq with the 3rd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, he lost his left arm and suffered severe damage to his face when his convoy was struck by an IED. After returning home Roxas was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery and service to our country. While recovering from his injuries Roxas received an outpouring of support from friends, family and a variety of organizations, which played a crucial role in his successful transition into civilian life, compelling him to give back.
“I have no regrets and would do it all over again to serve my country,” said Corporal Roxas, “I am running the marathon to show the importance of organizations like U.S.VETS that help veterans get back on their feet.”
Roxas is attending California State University Fullerton, pursuing a degree in history with the goal of becoming a teacher. He currently works as a life skills coach for Easter Seals providing assistance to adults with autism and other disabilities.
Other veterans joining Mervin in support of veterans are Ray Holland and Oliver Kay. Ray Holland, an Army Veteran, is a case manager for U.S.VETS. The 2010 LA Marathon will be Ray’s fifth marathon. Oliver Kay is an Iraq Veteran who served with the British Army, 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
“We are greatly honored to be represented by heroes,” said Dwight Radcliff, president and CEO of U.S.VETS. “These are individuals that gave of themselves and who continue to give.”
To support these veterans and the mission of U.S.VETS, visit www.usvetsinc.org
United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS) is largest nonprofit in the nation that provides housing, job placement and training, and comprehensive counseling services to veterans. Each night, more than 2,000 formerly at-risk veterans have a place to call home at one of U.S.VETS’ 11 locations. U.S.VETS sites in California include: Long Beach, Inglewood, and Riverside. Other sites are in Phoenix and Prescott, AZ., Barbers Point & Waianae, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Houston and Washington, D.C. United States Veterans Initiative – U.S.VETS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Tax ID#95-4382752.
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