Sergeant Charlie LinvilleThe Heroes Project and Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) have partnered to support USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville (retired), a veteran who is disabled, as?he climbs to the peak of Mt. Everest, the world?s highest mountain. His journey begins this week.

The trek ? ?Operation Everest: 2014? ? is the latest undertaking from The Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization that takes military service members, who have been severely wounded or suffer disabilities, on transformational climbs to the world?s seven highest summits. As a ?Summit Sponsor,? Prudential has donated $100,000 for the cost of Linville?s training and equipment.

On January 20, 2011, while conducting an IED sweep in Afghanistan, Linville was hit by an explosive device.?He suffered head trauma and devastating injuries to his right foot and hand. In 2013, despite multiple attempts at rehabilitation, his right leg was amputated below the knee.

The Heroes Project was created by Tim Medvetz, who used mountain climbing as a way to heal after a motorcycle accident in 2001 that nearly claimed his life. Since then, Medvetz has taken wounded veterans to six of the world?s seven highest summits.

?By scaling the world?s highest mountains, our heroes rediscover their strength, pride and true potential. When we approached Prudential about partnering, they immediately understood our vision and found a way to support SSgt. Linville?s climb financially, while emotionally investing in our mission,? said Medvetz.

?Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville and Tim Medvetz are extraordinary men in every sense of the word, and Prudential is proud to support them. Their ascent to the peak of Mt. Everest is a journey of determination and courage. It underscores to veterans, individuals with disabilities and anyone who has ever faced an obstacle in life that challenges can be surmounted. They do not define us,? said Cathy Christian, a former Air Force captain who is now a vice president in Financial Management for Prudential, and president of VETNET, a Prudential business resource group for veterans and veteran supporters.



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