Lance Corporal Jesse survived an IED blast Aug 6 in Afghanistan that killed 4 others. The blast not only caused severe lower extremity injuries but threw him 75 feet.
His Dad said he'd like to receive some sunshine in the mail from you so please write him a note.
Jesse, we will be with you during this recovery. There are many in this country who will be praying you get better quickly! Update
: December 20, 2009 One of Jesse's lower legs had to be amputated. Jesse's Dad says that he's now in another hospital and currently they are working on a serious infection that won't let his other foot begin the healing process. He mentioned that the ups and downs are daily. He's been receiving your cards and letters and appreciates them very much. Update
: 6/8/2010 From our volunteer: "Jesse was at the Purple Heart Family Support dinner tonight. He recently requested homemade tacos so that's what was made for him. He's still in his wheelchair...not sure when he will be fitted with his prosthetic."
It sounds like things are taking a long time to heal and it must be very frustrating. Hang in there Jesse....at least you are eating well! :) Update
: 10/21/2010 Jesse's Dad has let us know that Jesse got his prosthetic this summer and they were so excited to see him stand. He has stopped using the wheelchair and is able to get around with crutches. He still has much work to be done on the other foot.
His Dad wants your thoughts and prayers for October 28th when Jesse undergoes another major surgery on his foot and ankle in an attempt to straighten it out and help him walk better on it.
Jesse and family, we will keep you all in our prayers. Update
: 10/25/2010 from Dad - we now have a picture and proof that Jesse can stand (and smile). OohRah Jesse. Let's hope this upcoming surgery allows you to become much more mobile!Update
: 10/10/2011 It's been a while since we've gotten an update on Jesse. Our volunteers have seen him at the dinners they bring to the hospital but officially Dad says Jesse is doing very well. He says "Life is moving on for him" and he promised us a new picture - we will post it as soon as it arrives. Keep up the good work Jesse. We are all here holding you up when you need us. Update
: 11/15/2011 We've posted the new photo of Jesse with his niece having fun in the yard. What we found out is that for the past year, the doctors were trying many surgeries and therapy on the one foot that Jesse had left, but nothing worked. He was convinced he would never regain functionality in that foot, so he made the difficult decision to have it amputated as well. He has not looked back and his recovery is back on track. His Dad says he's getting around really well on the two prosthetics.
Tough decision for such a young man but it sounds like it was the right one. OohRah Jesse! Update
: 6/2/2012 We understand Jesse was the recipient of a $5000 monetary award honoring deserving Marines. I'm sure he can use the $$. Congratulations Jesse!
UPDATE: 04-17-2014 LCpl Jesse's update was includedd as a feature article in Aprils Operation Prayers and Letters Newsletter. In case you didn't have a chance to read it:
Before joining the Marine Corps, Jesse loved to race dirt-bikes. Now, his home is in sunny California where, along with his Marine buddies, he is living out his dream of riding dirt-bikes again! Jesse's Dad, Shane, tells us that Jesse is also helping other injured military members in their recovery process by being an active member in The Warrior Built Foundation.
The Warrior Built Foundation was created by a combat-wounded Marine, Nick Hamm. The purpose of the foundation is to provide new motivation and camaraderie to, and to spark the imaginations of, combat veterans and wounded heroes through vocational and recreational therapy. At the same time, the foundation provides it members a release as they work on coping with similar difficulties in positive, therapeutic way in a safe, fun and, supportive environment.
It sounds to me like Jesse is right where he needs to be! In fact, earlier this year, Jesse was the first ever double leg amputee to race in the Baja 1000 Off Road Race on a dirt-bike. Truly amazing!
Date added to program: 9/9/2009
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