"Len not only describes the incredible things Jared and his generation did to secure this country, but he also explains the incredible person Jared was. He shows how virtually everyone Jared came in touch with throughout his civilian and military life was affected by him. Jared represents a new generation of 21st Century heroes that this country can be proud of... I am extremely proud to have led an Army that consisted of soldiers like Jared Monti, and I believe his book will help Americans understand why young people like Jared serve, and why parents like Paul and Janet will continue to raise men and women that respect the values that make this country what it is today - the greatest nation on earth." 

                                                  - Excerpt from Book Foreword by General George W. Casey, Jr.                                                      Former U.S. Army Chief of Staff


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"A wonderful gift - both Jared and the book!" - Susan Fitzpatrick Bradbury

"Len Sandler's account and admirable telling of the Jared Monti story gains its power from the brutal facts as well as its humanity in illustrating the life of a great American Soldier." - MAJ Joe Hansen

"I've been reading this book whenever I go to the gym at work because it's the only free time I have. I'm pretty sure my coworkers think I'm nuts because I've gone from laughing at Jared's antics to crying with tears streaming down my face." - Jennifer Slager

"Wow, what a moving story!" - Doug Boren, author of Patriot's Point

"No soldier embodies the 10th Mountain Division’s legacy more than SFC Monti.” - Maj Gen Stephen Townsend

"Loved the book.  It really shows who Jared Monti was and continues to be to those who knew him."  - Jeremy Robert Keeler

"The book is full of laughs and tears.  It is a great tribute to an amazing man and friend of mine.  Thank you for writing this." - SSG John Hawes

"Len Sandler has captured the saga of Jared Monti in such a moving and explicit way, you can't put this book down.  A great story.  You'll stand and salute when you're done!" - Mike Lowe, iHeart Media Program Director

"I am blown away by the stories from those of you who served with Jared.  You knew a Jared I did not know.  I knew he was great but I'm his mother, he was always my hero.  Thank you all for sharing your stories with Len.  It's helped me more than you know." - Janet Monti

"A great read!  I am forever indebted to Len Sandler, my friend and classmate." - Jared's father Paul Monti

"I'm speechless.  Well done, Len." - MSG Lee Power

"Just finished reading this, great read but have the tissues close by!!!!" – Rick Wood

"Tears of laughter and tears of joy shed throughout. You captured Jared as he was. Truly a deeply loving and caring person." - Barb Dresser

"God blessed America with Jared Monti!" - Medal of Honor recipient Maj Gen James Livingston

"I read the book and it is awesome! A must read. You will be proud and amazed!" - Rita Hammerstad

"A great book about a true hero." - Erik Sabiston, author of Dustoff 7-3

"Best book ever." - Paula Andrews

"Just finished the book. Awe-inspiring doesn't begin to describe him." - Linda Barton

"When you've turned the final page you'll understand a lot more about service, sacrifice, and how many people someone can touch by being devoted to others.  Jared died trying to save one of his guys but he lives on in this book." - Alex Ashlock, Director & Producer, WBUR & NPR Radio

SFC Jared Monti sacrificed himself attempting not once but three times to rescue one of his squad members from the “kill zone” after his patrol came under attack by insurgents on a mountain in Afghanistan.  He declared, “He’s my guy. I’m going to get him.” In doing so, Jared was able to draw enemy fire away from the rest of the patrol and buy time for air support to arrive. Upon suffering a direct hit from an RPG, the 30-year-old recited the “Lord’s Prayer” as he lay dying. His last words were, “I’ve made peace with God. Tell my family I love them.”

"I've come to the conclusion that this was his destiny," confesses his mother Janet. "It's the only way I can deal with it. This is what he was meant to do." His father, my childhood friend Paul, has been unable to throw out anything of his son’s. His house is crowded with boxes of Jared’s personal belongings and he continues to drive his Dodge Ram truck. Songwriter Connie Harrington heard a radio interview with Paul inspiring “I Drive Your Truck” which became the #1 country song in America.

“The actions we honor today were not a passing moment of courage. They were the culmination of a life of character and commitment,” said President Barack Obama as he posthumously presented Jared with the Medal of Honor on September 17, 2009.  The soldier known as “The Gift  of God” to the Afghanis died a heroic death but, more importantly, lived  a heroic life. This is the  story of that life.

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