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Blind veterans test their mettle by climbing Mount Yonah
Six men, who are blind, rappel down mountain in national forest
Veterans Adam Rowland, center, and Kevin Jackson, left, chats as they walk Thursday afternoon at Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega as members of the Blinded Veterans Association spend time training at the camp. Vietnam veteran Joe Burns, right, and U.S. Army National Guard veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom Mark Wilson, back, also participated in the long weekend of activities.
Without his eyesight or experience, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Kevin Jackson said he would be damned if he didn’t climb Mount Yonah in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. “I couldn’t give up,” the rookie rock climber said. “I said to myself, ‘All of those damn Army guys down there.