Marine Sgt. John Peck survived an IED during the War on Terror that left him with a traumatic brain injury, amnesia, and cost him his marriage. He survived another three years later, one that left him with three and a half limbs missing. He’s one of only two living people to survive the flesh-eating fungus he contracted in recovery at Walter Reed, one that left him as a quadruple amputee. And that’s only the beginning of his story.
What followed was a recovery nothing short of miraculous. With resilience and the help of advocates like actor and philanthropist Gary Sinise, FOX’s Jennifer Griffin, and Bill O’Reilly, John would use a specialized “Action Trackchair” wheelchair and a newly-built SmartHome to get a third lease on life. In 2016, Peck underwent a groundbreaking bilateral arm transplant, receiving two new arms. To date, the surgery has been successful.
Today, Peck is a motivational speaker, a philanthropist for veteran and wounded warrior causes, and is pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a chef with the help of Chef Robert Irvine. From the lessons learned in a difficult childhood and as a homeless teenager, to dealing with depression in recovery, to learning how to chop with another man’s arms, Rebuilding Sergeant Peck is Peck’s account of an honest, visceral, and inspirational story that is truly unique.
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About the Author
Dava Guerin is the co-author of Unbreakable Bonds and Vets and Pets, both released by Skyhorse Publishing. Guerin has worked with numerous US Presidents, and managed visits for world leaders, US politicians, and entertainers, worked closely with First Lady Barbara Bush, managed national and international public relations programs for many Fortune 500 companies, and managed media for the 2000 Republican National Convention. Guerin worked for more than twenty years in the marketing and communications and public relations fields. She served as communications director for the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and owned her own public relations firm. She managed national and international public relations programs for many Fortune 500 companies and provided media credentialing and media management for the 2000 Republican National Convention, the President’s Summit for America’s Future, and We the People 200, among others. She lives in Berlin, Maryland, with her husband, mother, and two Labradoodles, J.P. Morgan and Tinkie. She lives in Berlin, MD.
Terry Bivens is an award-winning journalist and highly ranked Wall Street analyst. After working for Bear Stearns, as a managing director covering the food industry, he moved to J.P. Morgan Chase after they purchased Bear Stearns. He was a regular guest on CNBC as well as other financial and business media outlets. His 1991 series for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the Dorrance family, majority owners of Campbell Soup, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and several national magazines. He and his wife, Dava Guerin, and their Labradoodles live in Berlin, MD.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gary Sinise, actor, humanitarian, and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation v
Foreword Jennifer Griffin, FOX News National Security Correspondent viii
Preface: Rebuilt: Announcing My New Arms xv
Chapter 1 Just the Two of Us 1
Chapter 2 Just a Sperm Donor 8
Chapter 3 My Angry Adolescence 12
Chapter 4 The Young Buck Discovers the Marines 20
Chapter 5 Becoming a Marine 25
Chapter 6 Refining My Skills 32
Chapter 7 In Country: The First Blast 40
Chapter 8 I Don't Know Why I Love You 50
Chapter 9 Finally, a Marine Again 59
Chapter 10 Becoming a Squad Leader 67
Chapter 11 Back in the Game 71
Chapter 12 Waking Up Without Arms and Legs 84
Chapter 13 Becoming Independent: No Nursing Home for Me 105
Chapter 14 Bethesda Bound: My Recovery Continues 119
Chapter 15 Making Tracks with Trackchairs 131
Chapter 16 Navigating My New Smart Home 137
Chapter 17 All Roads Lead to Boston 146
Chapter 18 Finding My Penguin 156
Chapter 19 My Bilateral Arm Transplant: The Run-Up 164
Chapter 20 The Transplant Itself: Rearming a Marine 168
Chapter 21 The Long, Hard Road out of Boston 173
Chapter 22 Sergeant John Peck, New and Improved 181
Chapter 23 Paying It Forward 187
About the Authors 197