By Sandi Moynihan and Eric Brandner

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Josh Revak always wanted to run his hometown’s signature race.

But a 2006 injury in Iraq left him wondering if he’d be able to run again at all.

The former Army tanker was severely wounded and nearly lost his right foot during a 2006 deployment to Iraq.

Unable to be active on his salvaged foot, Revak put his marathon dreams behind him — until now.

Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, Revak dreamed of running Grandma’s Marathon, a race that’s finish line was near his front door. On June 18 – thanks to a a special, custom-made orthotic he received last year – he’ll finally get his chance. And he’s doing it to benefit USO Alaska, an organization he shares a unique bond with, dating back to the days after his injury.

Watch the video to hear Josh’s story.

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