North Logan’s Chad Jukes featured in new movie

Chad Jukes, a war veteran from North Logan, climbing a Himalayan peak in the documentary “High Ground,” directed by Michael Brown.

<span class=”s1″>North Logan’s Chad Jukes is one of 11 disabled veterans featured in the film “High Ground” which depicts the group’s expedition to Nepal to summit 20,000-foot Mt. Lobuche in Nepal.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>He calls it a transformative experience.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“The climbing aspect of the story became less a highlight and more of a vehicle for storytelling,” said Jukes, from his current home in Colorado. “It became more of an analogy for what the individual veterans were going through.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>He said he learned a lot during the experience and most of it had to do with climbing with a team. </span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“I was climbing with a group of people, all of whom had overcome major obstacles and were still working to overcome major obstacles, in order to be where they were.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We had one veteran who was completely blind, after being injured in Iraq. We had three amputees, including myself. Others had mental and psychological wounds including post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Those can often be the most challenging wounds to overcome.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Jukes began his six and a half years service in the Army Reserves with the 854th Quartermaster Company in Logan.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“I deployed to Afghanistan in 2003-04. After I returned home a friend of mine and I deployed to Iraq with a transportation company out of Colorado Springs. In this assignment we were running convoy security operations, out on the roads every night, essentially trying to keep our trucks safe and find bombs before they blow up.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>One night in December, 2006, his truck struck an anti-tank mine.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“The force of the blast damaged my lower extremities fairly severely. As a consequence of that blast injury I chose to have my right leg amputated below the knee.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>He lives in Ridgway, Colorado, in an area he calls the ice climbing capital of the world.</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“I am climbing as often as I can, getting out and getting after it, and trying to enjoy life, every moment.”</span>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″><a href=”http://www.highgroundmovie.com/” target=”_blank”>The film</a> is now streaming on Netflix and is available for streaming or for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and is also available at some retailers.</span>

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