Rebuilding Sergeant Peck
How I Put Body and Soul Back Together After Afghanistan
John Peck, Dava Guerin, Terry Bivens
- 232 Pages
- May 7, 2019
- ISBN: 9781510740662
- Imprint: Skyhorse Publishing
"I met Marine Sgt. John Peck, a quadruple amputee who has received a double arm transplant, at Walter Reed in 2017. Today, it was my honor to welcome John (HERO) to the Oval, with his wonderful wife Jessica. He also wrote a book that I highly recommend, Rebuilding Sergeant Peck."—President Donald Trump
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.
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.
“Rebuilding Sergeant Peck is an absolutely riveting, powerful, and inspirational story of a young Marine wounded in combat. Never have I been more moved by the will, strength, or perseverance of a warrior whose actions epitomize the term “combat mindset.” Although it is a great tragedy anytime anyone in the military is wounded or killed defending our country, Sergeant Peck’s story is beyond belief.
He not only suffered from injuries that included a TBI and losing his memory, all of his limbs, and then his marriage, but after a great deal of treatment he did everything in his ability to deploy again! Sergeant Peck epitomizes the true meaning of never ever giving up despite all odds. This story should be read by all military personnel and anyone who would like to be reminded of just how powerful a person can be when his or her soul is on fire.”—Don D. Mann, Navy SEAL (ret), New Your Times bestselling author of Inside SEAL Team SIX
“What I admire about John Peck is his attitude. We’re pulling for you John Peck.”—Gayle King on CBS This Morning
“I met Sgt. John Peck in the fall of 2010; he has been an inspiration to me ever since. John has rebuilt his body and soul, and his is a compelling story of determination, persistence, and service.... That’s why I believe John’s book will inspire anyone regardless of whether they serve in the military or not.”—Gary Sinise, actor, author of the bestselling Grateful American, and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation
“Marine Sgt. John Peck is a survivor, but he is also a thriver. His story still makes me smile. I am so grateful that he entered our lives.”—from the foreword by Jennifer Griffin, FOX News National Security correspondent
“The measure of a man is his heart and head. John Peck went through hell to learn—and prove—how true that really is.”—James Carafano, director of the Foreign Policy Studies and Vice President of the Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation.