Wounded veteran shares inspiring story in new book – BoilingNews

ELYSIAN, Minnesota (KEYC) – An injured veteran shared his story of hope and resilience.

Jack Zimmerman was only engaged to his wife, Megan, when he enlisted in the military in 2009.

“It wasn’t more than a few months later that I was deployed to Afghanistan,” he said.

At just 21 years old, Zimmerman’s life was just beginning.

Nine months later, it all flashed before his eyes during a catastrophic encounter with an improvised explosive device.

“I just remember going through the air. It felt like a bad dream, like when you’re dreaming and you feel like you can’t wake up, and you just fall. That’s how it felt a lot to me, and I just felt the heat creeping up my back. It felt like 10,000 little fingers were crawling up my back. All these things, I keep seeing them blink. All these memories,” he described.

Zimmerman suffered serious injuries from the blast.

“Resulting in losing both my legs and tearing up my arms pretty well,” he stated.

He was taken to safety while doctors carried out life-saving measures.

He added: “I knew I had to stay awake. I just couldn’t stay awake any longer and I told my boys to tell everyone I love them.”

Then his surgeon said something that would change his life forever.

“If you can stay awake for another five minutes, I promise you your life, and I was like a deal,” Zimmerman explained. “I woke up in the ICU about a week later and had to rebuild my life.”

“Five Minutes” is now the title of Zimmerman’s first book that traces his journey from basic training to recovery.

He said it’s more than just his story; it’s about inspiring others to get through tough times.

“There are so many things you can take away from influencing a life, overcoming adversity, to creating the best new version of yourself,” he stated.

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