Bravehearts of Indian Army to participate in Mumbai Marathon
Mumbai: Thirteen war disabled retired Indian Army personnel will be participating during the Mumbai Marathon scheduled for Sunday.
In addition, 10 disabled servicemen and ex-servicemen from Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) Pune, too will be putting up a spirited show in the Champions of Disability Race segment of the marathon.
The Indian Army is providing administrative support to the participants through the Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area Command headquartered in Mumbai.
The participation of these bravehearts of Indian Army is backed by War Wounded Foundation. It is an NGO, is aimed at improving awareness among the people of a large community of war disabled personnel.
“These personnel live less than complete lives due to injuries sustained in the line of duty while defending the country. The participation is also aimed at instilling a sense of achievement among the participants and motivating the disabled community in overcoming their disability,” says an Army spokesperson.
Among the star participant from the Indian Army is Lieutenant General Vijay Oberoi, who lost his right leg during the 1965 War with Pakistan, when he was a young Captain but chose to soldier on in his regiment.
Despite his disability, on account of his grit and hard work, he rose steadily in the Army, till he retired as the Vice Chief of Army Staff on September 30, 2001.
Similarly, Havildar N C Patil of 80 Field Regt was deployed in Siachen Glacier. However, he suffered severe frost bite of both his feet in February 1985. The doctors had to remove the toes of both his feet.
He was released from the Army with a disability of 60 per cent when he was 40 years old.
This is for the sixth time that the disabled personnel from Indian Army are participating in the Mumbai Marathon, via the War Wounded Foundation.