A marine sergeant, with two tours in Iraq under his belt, is one of three quadruple amputees of the Afghan and Iraq wars.
He’s waiting for a double arm transplant, which is a highly experimental procedure, and on Tuesday Mohegan Sun Casino gave him a life changing surprise.
Sgt. John Peck was invited to speak at Mohegan Sun on Tuesday to raise awareness for limb transplants, but when he arrived, he got a surprise that he never expected. He has been waiting almost two years for a limb transplant.
"We're hoping to bring a lot of the transportation and lodging costs that are going to come from multiple appointments that he's going to have to go to,” said Kevin Brown, chair of the Mohegan tribe.
The casino presented him with a check for $40,000
"I thought I was just here to do a speech and that's it, but it's turning into more than that,” Peck said.
He was injured by a blast in 2010 while in combat and lost both his arms and legs.
When officials from a local insurance group spotted him on a plane recently, they knew right away that he needed a big ‘thank you.’
The $40,000 was raised quickly after the casino held a Veterans Day concert last month.
Peck said he isn’t always recognized for his bravery and sacrifice like he was on Tuesday night.
"Not everyone says ‘thank you’ or stops me or hugs me or cries, sometimes I get the stares,” Peck said.
His mission now is to continue to share his story.
"I want to bring awareness to limb and eyes and face transplants, that’s what I’m for right now,” he said.
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