Meet Chris Van Etten, U.S. Marine Veteran

“I was so driven to get up on two feet again. When my unit got back from Afghanistan I wanted to be there, and walking. I was so focused on getting that goal that I didn’t have time to sit and think about everything that I’ve been through”.
Quick Facts

Who: Chris Van Etten

Family: Parents Wayne and Leigh – retired Air Force veterans

Dog: Yellow lab, Harley. Former bomb dog, current service dog.

Passions & Hobbies: Wheelchair lacrosse, mono-skiing, riding his motorcycle

Inspiring Quote: “You have to keep pushing, you have to keep going against all odds.  Things are going to get in your way, but whatever you do, never stop showing up.”

 

Chris’s Story 

Some people just have a positive energy that radiates from the inside out. Chris Van Etten is one of those people. Despite having lost both of his legs during an explosion in Afghanistan that took the life of his comrade and best friend, Chris is not one to be held back by circumstance. When asked how he managed to persevere, Chris said,“You have to keep pushing, you have to keep going against all odds. Things are going to get in your way, but whatever you do, never stop showing up.”

Today, Chris continues to live life to the fullest, including playing wheelchair lacrosse, mono-skiing and riding his motorcycle. In the new Jockey campaign, Chris shares “what’s underneath” it all – bravery, strength and a healthy dose of optimism. “You know, not all of us are lucky with the gift of a full life, and as long as I have mine, I’m going to make sure that I celebrate it the best I can.”

Watch Chris’s Story:

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