Mery Daniel, a medical school graduate who lost part of her left leg in the marathon bombings, said she's looking forward to meeting the veterans. The 31-year-old Boston resident said while marathon amputees didn't enlist to fight a war, they were exposed to the same kind of violence.
"We share now a common bond," Daniel said. "We share similar stories and similar injuries."
Chris Claude, a 33-year-old Marine Corps veteran who lives in Blakeslee, Pa., said meeting with marathon amputees will be his chance to provide the kind of support he got after the amputation of his right leg above the knee following a 2005 bomb blast in Iraq. He also likes the idea of the amputees coming out on the field together.
"It's another way for people in the crowd to see the human spirit can't be broken," he said.