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Injured Marine plans to 'Run for Jason'

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Marine Cpl. J. B. Kerns has driven from Virginia to Brandon to participate in the "Running for Jason" 5K on Saturday. Marine Cpl. J. B. Kerns has driven from Virginia to Brandon to participate in the "Running for Jason" 5K on Saturday.
Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers of Brandon was killed in Afghanistan in April 2011. Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers of Brandon was killed in Afghanistan in April 2011.
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Marine Cpl. J. B. Kerns says the family of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers has been a second family to him. The 23-year-old has driven from Virginia to Brandon to participate in the "Running for Jason" 5K on Saturday.

It's hard for Kerns to talk about April 7, 2011, when he and some other Marines were clearing out a known IED compound in a marketplace in Afghanistan. Rogers was their platoon guide.

An IED exploded, injuring Kerns and Lance Corporal Bryant Lamphier.

"The last thing I remember him telling me and Lamphier is, I'm going to get you boys home. After that we heard another explosion. I didn't know what was going on until later," Kerns tells us.

That second explosion, about 10 minutes after the first one, killed Rogers just two days shy of his 29th birthday.

Kerns is now a triple amputee. He has a metal rod in his left arm, and shrapnel in his body, some of which is visible through the skin.

But he runs. He plans to run on carbon fiber blades at Saturday's event, which begins at the Rankin County Court House at 8 a.m.

Kerns is also going back to school to be a pharmacy tech.

Registration for Saturday's run is $25. Proceeds to wounded warriors, as well as members of the military and their families. 

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