Sgt. John M. Peck is the co-author of the acclaimed memoir, "Rebuilding Sergeant Peck: How I Put Body and Soul Back Together After Afghanistan." His inspirational messages of hope, perseverance, and never giving up are just a few of the themes of his motivational speeches and presentations geared for corporations, non-profit organizations and a wide range of industries.
John is a motivational speaker who inspires others through the following topics
Sergeant Peck has conquered many challenges in life – including being abandoned by his biological father, suffering verbal and physical abuse by his step father, being blown up twice in Iraq and Afghanistan, losing his memory and all four of his limbs, being suicidal, then one of only two military members in the U.S. to receive a successful double arm transplant. Through it all, John relied on his can-do spirit and over abundance of hope to get through the tough times. Through his tales of struggle and his ability to hope John inspires audiences to face their own challenges and to never give up hope no matter how hopeless life might seem.
Sergeant Peck discusses how perseverance is the key to success. From the stories of his first blast, and how it wiped out his memory almost completely, to the painstaking task of having to relearn almost everything—from driving a car—to remembering who your spouse was—to learning how to be a Marine again. John continued to persevere and continued to push day in and day out to relearn how to do the job he loved. The effort paid off and he was able to re-enlist again and become a U.S. Marine for the second time. But again, John was forced to persevere when he was blown up a second time, losing all four of his limbs. It was his perseverance that allowed him to never give up and gave him the strength of will and spirit to research the possibility of receiving a double arm transplant. Through his story of struggle and perseverance John inspires audiences to never give up on their dreams.
GIVING BACK - HELPING OTHERS
Despite almost insurmountable obstacle in life, John has always reached out a hand to help others. From—helping single mothers pay for Christmas gifts at local stores, giving a homeless man a gift card for a warm winter coat, and purchasing holiday presents for underprivileged children—to mentoring other wounded warriors and helping to create, fund specialized Track Chairs for wounded warriors to improve their mobility and helping to educate the public about the need for organ donation, John has always valued the power of service. Through his stories of giving back even in his darkest times, John motivates audiences to incorporate service in their lives and to recognize how satisfying it is to reach out a helping hand to those in need. John donates 10% of his speaking fees to Warfighter Engaged.
POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
Life throws all of us unexpected punches, but we have a choice as to how we handle those unforeseen obstacles. John will take the audience on a journey though his life and how even in his darkest hour—even when he concocted a plan to end his life—he found a way to get out of his “dark spot,” and redirect his thinking to a positive outcome. He will also describe his journey from becoming only one of five quadruple amputees from the War on Terror and someone who was depressed and hopeless, to a man who now has two donor arms, a beautiful wife and a future filled with hope and purpose. John motivates audiences to redirect their negative impulses, and to show them that if he could over come all that he has, then they can do the same.
Donald J Trump
President of the United States
"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."
Sgt. John Peck (ret.) served two tours as a Marine during the War on Terror. He became a quadruple amputee after being injured by an IED for the second time, and received a groundbreaking bilateral arm transplant in 2016. John is one of only two military members to have gone through this complex surgical procedure. As a result, he has become an advocate for organ donation and encourages every American to become an organ donor. He continues his philanthropy work and is pursuing his dreams of becoming a chef. In addition, he is becoming a motivational speaker focusing on inspiring corporations, non-profit organizations and others with his message of hope and overcoming obstacles with humor and resolve. He lives with his wife, Jessica, in Bethesda, Maryland.