Meet Kirstie Ennis
Kirstie Ennis joined the Marines at age 17 to “protect those who can’t protect themselves.” While serving as a helicopter gunner and mechanic in Afghanistan, she was seriously injured when her helicopter went down during a mission. Ennis suffered injuries to her brain, spine, neck, shoulder, face and left leg. After dozens of surgeries, her leg was amputated. At that time, her sense of self-worth was at a devastating low.
But Ennis is now an accomplished climber and mountaineer, focused on conquering physical challenges that are well beyond most of us, including climbing the “Seven Summits”—the highest peak on each of the continents. And, recently, she was chosen as a model for the 2018 Pin-Ups for Vets calendar, a fundraiser for vet hospitals. Ennis is the first-ever amputee to be featured in the calendar.