Corporal John Peck is home in Antioch for the first time since being injured in Afghanistan nearly a year ago. It's been a journey.
"Love, affection. Everybody needs that. I'm only human," said Cpl. Peck.
In 2007, Peck was injured in Iraq and received his first Purple Heart. He re-enlisted, was sent to Afghanistan where he stepped on an explosive device last May, losing both legs and most of his arms.
He is determined to move forward.
"I just want to make sure vets know that there is always someone worse off, overcoming their injuries day in, and day out," said Peck. "Just get up in the morning and go. There is no point being upset about it."
That attitude makes his mother proud.
"I've always had this vision of the type of man he would be, and he's reached that goal," said Lisa Krutyholowa, mother.
Peck was a guest of honor at Wednesday's Bulls game and will meet Gary Sinise and his band Friday. On Monday, there will be a fundraiser and blood drive at the Antioch VFW - all in Peck's honor.
"It's just amazing what some people are willing to go through to show their support," he said.
Peck does not want pity, just appreciation - for him and the troops.
"Just say thank you. That's all I am asking for," said Peck.
Blood Drive & Fund Raiser for Cpl. John M. Peck
75 North Ave, Antioch, IL 60002
May 9, 2011 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.