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Former soldier, quadruple amputee, has new lease on life

John Peck, Marine Sgt. (RET.)

(Original source Mid Hudson News)

“TOWN OF WALLKILL – Two-time Purple Heart recipient Sgt. John Peck, who has been traveling across the country telling his story of inspiration in his book “Rebuilding Sergeant Peck: How I Put Body and Soul Back Together After Afghanistan,” visited the Hudson Valley, Wednesday evening, to talk with locals about his experiences overseas that left him a quadruple-amputee and his journey to receiving a cutting-edge organ transplant.

Sgt. Peck was invited to participate in an event sponsoring the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc, a not-for-profit organization not affiliated with the actual Hall of Honor in New Windsor.. The speaking engagement in the Town of Wallkill, coupled with a signing of his book, would help benefit the museum.

Peck suffered a traumatic brain injury while on tour in Iraq in 2007, an injury that left him without approximately 20 years of his memory. Despite that event, he went off to do a second tour in Afghanistan during April 2010, where an IED exploded under him and both his arms and legs had to be amputated. In 2016, Peck was the recipient of successful arm transplants and now has the use of both of his arms.”

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