What It Takes To Be A Marine Twice

This story of amazing courage and tenacity is nearly unbelievable, but its real:

“Sgt. John Peck had already been blown up once before deploying to Afghanistan in 2010 … The mortarman fought hard to get the Marine Corps to send him back to the war zone after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Iraq’s Al Anbar province in 2007. The blast left him with a traumatic brain injury that erased 21 years’ worth of memories … He didn’t recognize family members, friends or even himself. He had to relearn who he was, including how to be a Marine.”

That’s rough, but what came next makes that look like playtime at the daycare:
“…he was blown up a second time, losing all four of his limbs.”

I have to ask myself, what have I suffered that was one tenth as bad? Nothing. How this man managed to endure and triumph I have no idea, but he did. And he now spends much of his time encouraging those who are struggling with their own problems.

Retired Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent urges every Marine to learn Peck’s story — especially as the military grapples with high rates of suicide, on active duty and after troops leave the service.”

It applies to civilians too. It applies to every level of problem difficulty.

Scroll down near the bottom for his video titled “Monster Energy annual sales meeting”.  His story told by him.  Its beyond amazing:

Sgt. Peck didn’t magically regain his lost limbs. He still can’t remember anything before he was blown up the first time. He went through two divorces. “Triumph” cost him years of pain and unimaginably hard work. But he did triumph. To all those who struggle with pain or problems great or small, all those who consider suicide, especially those warriors who suffer from the effects of their service, listen to Sergeant Peck: “If I can overcome the obstacles I have faced, so can you. It’s not about who has the bigger problem, or more on their plate than the next person, but how you handle the situation. When you get knocked back down, how you get up and your attitude is what really matters.”

He goes on to say, “Some problems can be solved by you alone, but even the strongest person, including myself, sometimes just needs a little boost from an outside source, and that’s OK as well. If you are willing to brave the storm, I am here to tell you that there isn’t anything that you guys can’t overcome. With just a little perseverance and positive attitude, believe me, things will and do get better.”

I have the greatest respect for this incredible man and Marine. I find it incredible that I actually have something to add to his encouragement. There are some people who will find Sergeant Peck’s encouragement inadequate, because all their reasons for struggling are gone. If you are not “willing to brave the storm”, you need something more.

I’ve said for many years, “If you can give me a ‘why’, I can figure out a ‘how’.” Sergeant Peck has the best, the strongest encouragement for continuing to struggle and endure that I have heard – if you have a “why”. Sergeant Peck’s “why” was apparently finding love again. Yes, he did!  🙂  🙂

If you have no “why”, let me share mine with you.

You were created in the image of the Creator of the Universe. You may look at your life and think that God hates you. Been there, done that. I felt for years that God was treating me as if I were His enemy. But if you are willing for Him to do it, on His terms, God can take your unpleasant or horrible life, your inadequate body or mind, your terrible circumstances, and turn them into a triumph. It may not be easy or fast. You may have to work as long and as hard as Sergeant Peck did. You may not have the toughness or the desire to work that hard – in your own strength. But God gives strength to His children. Are you a child of God? You’re created in His image, but becoming one of His children is a choice you have to make. How do you become a child of God?

“… to all who did receive him [Jesus], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

” ‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’ The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:16-17)

Becoming a child of God may make your life harder in some ways. Christians often aren’t respected. In our time, Christian faith is becoming a target of the “tolerant” people in society. Living as a Christian is supposed to live is sometimes hard. But God gives His children strength and endurance and peace in their own souls. With His help, on His terms, you can handle anything.

And the “why” is fantastic – This life is not your real life. First, becoming a child of God, believing in Jesus as your Savior, means having your sins forgiven: “Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you!” (Acts 13:38)

Second, believing in Jesus means that your next life will be lived with God in His Kingdom, in a healed, re-manufactured, perfectly bio-engineered body that will never wear out, never grow old, never feel pain again. Doing work that makes your heart sing, creating art, making music, beyond the most beautiful, powerful, magnificent accomplishments of any human who has ever lived. It’s yours, if you will trust God and accept His terms. Exploring the Universe! Boldly going where no one has gone before! The Universe is an incredibly giant place, and we know almost zero nothing about it now.

It’s all yours if you will accept it.


We love you Mean Green, Snake and Bam.  God Bless and protect you until you all come home.  God Bless and protect all who are deployed.

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