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Michael Jernigan - U.S. ...

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Michael Jernigan - U.S. Marine Wounded Warrior USA Patriotism! ... Video > "Michael Jernigan - U.S. Marine Wounded Warrior

USA Patriotism! ... "Love and Pride of America"
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Michael Jernigan - U.S. Marine Wounded Warrior
"It's been a long, hard road," says Michael Jernigan, USMC (Ret.) in this moving video, which is about this warrior who was severely wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq . . . and is now rebuilding his life by attending Georgetown University with the help of audio textbooks from RFB&D.
This video has been awarded a 2008 Platinum Award by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Jernigan was also recently featured in the acclaimed HBO documentary "Alive Day," hosted by James Gandolfini.


RFB&D Media - Listen Up! e-Newsletter, Issue #13, April 2008, plain-text version

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"It's Been a Long, Hard Road" Mike Jernigan’s Story

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In the article "It's Been a Long, Hard Road," staff member Noreen Braman tells of her experience filming and getting to know RFB&D member Mike Jernigan. After being wounded in Iraq and losing his sight, Mike is determined to complete his degree, begin a career and move forward with his life.
Mike says he feels honored to know that RFB&D was originally founded for wounded veterens like himself, which brings us to another one of our articles, 60 Years of Learning Through Listening.
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"It's Been a Long, Hard Road" Mike Jernigan’s Story
"RFB&D is here to further our lives... plain and simple, I could not get through school without them. — Mike Jernigan
Mike Jernigan strides confidently down the corridor, his guide dog, Britney, beside him. They reach the elevator, and go to the second floor for Mike's next class. For me and the video crew I am with, we have to run to keep up with his long strides. When Mike reaches his classroom, he folds his coat militarily and takes a seat in the front. For the next two hours he is completely absorbed in American history. Britney rests on the floor beside him.
Later, we interview Mike about how he is using RFB&D®'s audiobooks at Northern Virginia Community College. He tells us how thrilled he was when he could get books on CD instead of the four track cassettes. He describes how he takes notes while he reads by speaking into a portable cassette player. He proudly brags about his computer skills and the assistive technology he uses so proficiently. It is obvious he is fiercely independent; the loss of his vision is not going to slow him down. Like the thousands of wounded veterans before him who used RFB&D's recorded books to continue their educations, Mike is determined to complete his degree, begin a career, and move forward with his life. It is a joy to see his enthusiasm, especially when we learn exactly how long a road his recovery has been.
Born into a military family, Mike always thought he would join the military too. With grandfathers, uncles and his dad all serving in various branches of the service, it was a proud family tradition. When Mike was sworn into the Marine Corps, it was his father who administered the oath while the rest of the family looked on.
It wasn't long before Mike found himself shipping out to Okinawa, Japan, then Kuwait and, ultimately, Iraq. In Iraq, Mike found himself in several firefights. Bullets flew around him, hitting the dirt at his feet, missing him at times by only inches. Then one day, while patrolling in an armored Humvee, two roadside bombs went off, one after the other. Mike was thrown in the air and sustained severe head injuries, that caused him to lose his sight, and had fingers blown off that were later reattached. But for the quick response of medics, he could have bled to death right there on the road from a punctured femoral artery. What followed was years of pain, surgery and a depression that Mike says sent to him "to a dark, bad, lonely place. Gradually, inch by inch, with the help of medical personnel, counselors and a close and loving family, Mike has left the dark place behind.


Michael Jernigan, USMC ...

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Michael Jernigan, USMC (Ret.), the first U.S. serviceman to lose both of his eyes during the War on Terror, and Palmetto-based Southeastern Guide Dogs' first Paws for Patriots™ recipient. After faithfully serving as Jernigan's eyes for eight years, Brittani, 10, a yellow, female, Labrador-golden retriever mix, retired with honors at a unique, tail-wagging luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club February 17. Jernigan is a St. Petersburg native who lost his vision while suffering severe bodily wounds and traumatic brain injury in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq in 2004.

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Jernigan, who credits his ability to survive and thrive in the aftermath of his injuries to the patience, intelligence and devotion of Brittani, will be paired with a successor dog in the near future.
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"During her career, Brittani had one mission, one purpose, and one pursuit," Herman said, "to be faithful and loyal to Michael.


RFB&D: Accessible materials for individuals with visual and learning disabilities | Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

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New Blog Post: "Independence: Working at My Own Pace"


RFB&D Media - Listen Up! e-Newsletter, Issue #13, April 2008

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"It's Been a Long, Hard Road" Mike Jernigan's Story

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In the article "It's Been a Long, Hard Road," staff member Noreen Braman tells of her experience filming and getting to know RFB&D member Mike Jernigan. After being wounded in Iraq and losing his sight, Mike is determined to complete his degree, begin a career and move forward with his life.
Mike says he feels honored to know that RFB&D was originally founded for wounded veterens like himself, which brings us to another one of our articles, 60 Years of Learning Through Listening.
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"It's Been a Long, Hard Road" Mike Jernigan's Story
"RFB&D is here to further our lives... plain and simple, I could not get through school without them. — Mike Jernigan
Photo of Mike Jernigan in class using an audiobook Mike Jernigan strides confidently down the corridor, his guide dog, Britney, beside him. They reach the elevator, and go to the second floor for Mike's next class. For me and the video crew I am with, we have to run to keep up with his long strides. When Mike reaches his classroom, he folds his coat militarily and takes a seat in the front. For the next two hours he is completely absorbed in American history. Britney rests on the floor beside him.
Later, we interview Mike about how he is using RFB&D®'s audiobooks at Northern Virginia Community College. He tells us how thrilled he was when he could get books on CD instead of the four track cassettes. He describes how he takes notes while he reads by speaking into a portable cassette player. He proudly brags about his computer skills and the assistive technology he uses so proficiently. It is obvious he is fiercely independent; the loss of his vision is not going to slow him down. Like the thousands of wounded veterans before him who used RFB&D's recorded books to continue their educations, Mike is determined to complete his degree, begin a career, and move forward with his life. It is a joy to see his enthusiasm, especially when we learn exactly how long a road his recovery has been.
Photo of Mike Jernigan in his Marine uniform Born into a military family, Mike always thought he would join the military too. With grandfathers, uncles and his dad all serving in various branches of the service, it was a proud family tradition. When Mike was sworn into the Marine Corps, it was his father who administered the oath while the rest of the family looked on.
It wasn't long before Mike found himself shipping out to Okinawa, Japan, then Kuwait and, ultimately, Iraq. In Iraq, Mike found himself in several firefights. Bullets flew around him, hitting the dirt at his feet, missing him at times by only inches. Then one day, while patrolling in an armored Humvee, two roadside bombs went off, one after the other. Mike was thrown in the air and sustained severe head injuries, that caused him to lose his sight, and had fingers blown off that were later reattached. But for the quick response of medics, he could have bled to death right there on the road from a punctured femoral artery. What followed was years of pain, surgery and a depression that Mike says sent to him "to a dark, bad, lonely place. Gradually, inch by inch, with the help of medical personnel, counselors and a close and loving family, Mike has left the dark place behind. As he says, "It's been a long, hard road."
Photo of Mike Jernigan receiving the Purple Heart

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