College welcomes inspirational veteran featured in “Still Standing”

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus is proud to welcome former legislator and military veteran John Kriesel, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 11:30 a.m., Room G202, as he reads from, and discusses, the story of his survival as told in the book, “Still Standing,” by Jim Kosco.

“Still Standing,” a winner of seven national book awards, recounts Kriesel’s experience of losing his legs and two buddies in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq. Starting with a few grunts who refused to let him die, Kiesel made his way through four hospitals, 35 surgeries, and months of recovery and rehabilitation.

Now an inspirational speaker, Kriesel visits schools, businesses and other organizations to share his message:

“You are not going to get blown up by a roadside bomb, but at some point you will face hardship — physical or emotional and you can deal with it,” Kriesel said.

The “Midwest Book Review” called the book “a moving and impressive read about how even when all seems lost, hope can still win the day.”

The event, sponsored by the college’s Student Life Department is free, and open to the public.