When SSG John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, a lot of miracles, starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die in Iraq, ripped the young warrior from the grip of death and sent him on to four hospitals, thirty-five surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation. Medical miracles put his body back together, but it was an incredible confluence of angels at every step along the way that breathed life into his shattered body.
This is not just another war story. This is the story of an ordinary young man who overcame extraordinary challenges with a lot of help from others, including many strangers and he emerged stronger and more in love with his country, his wife, his children, and ultimately, his own life.
©2010 Jim Kosmo (P)2013 Jim Kosmo
I was sitting in my office on Dec 2 2016 listening to KFAN as I do most mornings. I am a MSgt in the New Mexico Air National Guard. I was sitting there wondering how I was going to get through the weekend UTA. We do this once a month I the Guard and reserved for those who are Drill Status Guardsmen. Anyway, I was feeling a little sorry for myself for having to miss out on, for the life of me I can't even remember now, over the weekend. All of a sudden I hear this guy talking about his alive day. Then they discussed John's story on the program and I came to the realization that my weekend would be grand and even an honor considering there are currently members of the armed forces fighting for their lives, people they don't even know and the great United State of America. My attitude adjustment was swift and couldn't have happened at a better time. I ordered this audio book and listened to it over the next couple of days. John and his fellow brothers in arms are great Americans and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. I grew up in Arizona but have been a Minnesota Vikings fan my entire life. It's amazing how my similar interest in the Vikings has brought me to this connection in life with the author and this story. I have never been to Minnesota before but I plan to visit the Vikings and their new stadium very soon. Thanks for the story John, the motivation and the pride to be serving our country. This is a must read, or listen for anyone that needs an attitude adjustment. Thanks! Lance
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