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Justin Legg, US Navy (Ret) SEAL

Justin Legg is a Retired Navy SEAL Officer. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. He was a member of Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL Training (BUD/S) Class 234 and became a plank owner of SEAL Team SEVEN. While with SEAL Team SEVEN he deployed to the Middle East twice and participated in combat operations in support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After returning from Iraq, he transferred to Special Boat Team TWENTY-TWO in Mississippi, where he served as a Task Unit Commander and the Team Training Officer. In early 2006 Justin was diagnosed with a severe form of Leukemia. Over the next 10 years Justin endured over 75 treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, a bone marrow stem cell transplant, an immune disorder called Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD), respiratory failure that led to a two-week coma, losing a third of his body mass, a double-lung transplant, and a host of other "small" things like pulmonary embolism, skin cancer, and liver disease. While he was going through his medical adventures, LCDR Legg fought to stay on active duty performing various duties at Naval Special Warfare Group TWO and FOUR, SEAL Team TWO, and even rehabilitated himself well enough to become an operational SEAL Platoon Commander at SEAL Team EIGHT for a short while in between the transplants. In February of 2012, he finally let the Navy retire him after nearly 12 years of service. Since his lung transplant, he has completed 3 half-marathons raising over $93,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) earning the honor of naming a LLS research grant in memory of his lung donor Jarred McKinley Carter.

Justin became the first, and still the only, double lung-transplantee in the world to climb Denali in Alaska, previously known as Mt. McKinley. Justin completed his Master's Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. in May 2015. Today he works as a Renewable Energy consultant for the Navy's Resilient Energy Program and lives in the D.C. Metropolitan area with the woman who was at his side taking care of him from the beginning, his wife of 11 years, Suzanne.