JOHN KRIESEL DISCUSSING 'STILL STANDING' ON FOX 9 TWIN CITIES
STILL STANDING - THE STORY OF SSG JOHN KRIESEL
When Staff Sergeant John Kriesel lost his legs and two buddies to a roadside bomb explosion on December 2, 2006, no one expected him to survive. He died three times on the operating table. Miracles, starting with a few Army grunts that 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 family, and ultimately his own life.
In 2018 Kriesel and Kosmo updated their national award-winning book for its 11th printing. The 2018 Updated Version includes original material, plus new photos, new perspective and adds how Kriesel has not only survived but thrived in ways no one could have envisioned.
John Kriesel somehow survived a roadside bombing that claimed his legs and two buddies. Although his story has been often told in the media, it's still hard not to feel something as you read this all-too-real tale of tragedy and hope.
In "Still Standing" written with Jim Kosmo), Kriesel's account of what happened that day -- Dec. 2, 2006 -- puts the reader right inside that armored Humvee, right in Kriesel's Army boots. You don't have to have served near Fallujah to know what Kriesel experienced. It's all here -- and in mind-blowing detail.
STILL STANDING - BOOK TRAILER
A sought after motivational speaker, John Kriesel travels throughout the country sharing his story, inspiring and motivating others. Kriesel’s intensely positive attitude infects every person he presents to, from cub scouts to senior corporate executives as he relays lessons learned overcoming extreme tragedy.
"John Kriesel's inspirational message to our top sales team was touching, funny and full of descriptive stories and personal insights"
John presented his story to a group of business leaders and Minnesota Wild clients. The audience was completely engaged and inspired. Even weeks later, attendees are still talking about how authentic and powerful his message was.
“John’s story had me simultaneously wiping tears from my eyes while smiling and laughing. A truly inspiring reminder that life is to be cherished, life is short, and life is good.”
“Thanks so much for your inspirational visit to Target and sharing your message. I am so thankful for people like you who can take a horrific event and share what matters most."