Sanchez is a 30-year veteran who served in the Navy before joining the Army, with whom he served a tour in Iraq in 2007. He sustained multiple injuries while in Iraq, but struggled to find a suitable mode of rehabilitation until he was furnished a hand bike by Achilles, a non-profit organization that aids disabled athletes.
"I was on 100 percent disability," Sanchez said. "Doing these marathons, it's been amazing.
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Sanchez is a Mexico native who moved to Diamond Bar after marrying in 1978. He has lived in Chino for the last 10 years.
The career military man served in Vietnam as well as Iraq. Following his tour in Iraq, he spent three years at Balboa hospital in the Naval Medical Center in San Diego before retiring in 2010.
"Sal never gave up," his physical therapist, Marla Knox, said. "He has maintained such a great attitude through all he's been through. It's important for people like him to see that even though you're injured, life isn't limited."