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Veteran amputee practices Jiu Jitsu in Nitro, WV; hopes to inspire others

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Hal Ord with his son Braxton at Cobra Martial Arts in Nitro, WV Hal Ord with his son Braxton at Cobra Martial Arts in Nitro, WV
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Nitro, WV -

Sometimes it is the difficult experiences in life that make us stronger.

Every week at Cobra Martial Arts in Nitro, WV Hal Ord practices Jiu Jitsu with his sons Logan and Braxton. But for the Ord family the activity means a little more than you might think.

"I was under fire in a mortar round attack and I basically had a blast injury to my right leg and it resulted in the amputation of it," Ord said. He was serving in Iraq when the injury happened in 2006.  His leg was amputated in 2010 and he started using a prosthetic.

He said instead of focusing on what he has lost he thinks about everything he has gained.

"After the injury and the amputation I decided I needed to show my boys that you don't stop just because you have a disability," Ord said.

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His 10-year-old son Logan is the one who first invited his dad to come to class.

"It doesn't stop him one bit," Logan said about his dad's injury. "After his amputation he just got right back up and started doing everything. Not even 2 months out he was up doing stuff."

The veteran said he hopes to continue showing his own children and others in the community that they should never give up.  He also competes with others on the state level throughout the year.