SPEAKER: Michael Jernigan – USMC (Ret.)
Author. Speaker. Marine. Michael Jernigan followed in the steps of his grandfather and father into the United States Marine Corps fulfilling a childhood dream. On August 22, 2004 his life was forever changed. The vehicle in which he was traveling was hit by an improvised explosive device. He was thrown 20 meters from the vehicle, had 45% of his cranium crushed, lost both eyes and suffered major damage to his right hand and left knee. His forehead was replaced by an acrylic plate and he is the first U. S. service member to lose both eyes in the Global War on Terror. Through all of that Jernigan did not lose his sense of self. He dedicated himself to not only recovering from his wounds but to becoming better than he had ever been. “ I was not going to let what happened to me at 25 years old define the rest of my life; I owed it to myself to take the lead and live a life of success.” It is this attitude that captivates the people he speaks to. Whether it is to the Texas Wildlife Association’s State Conference or sharing his recovery experiences on the HBO documentary Alive Day Memories Jernigan inspires thousands to find their own personal vision and lay out a plan to achieve new levels of success in their lives.