SSgt Jesse Cottle
Jesse Cottle enlisted in the Marines right after high school, following the legacy of his father who served as a Marine during Vietnam.
On July 19, 2009, Staff Sergeant Cottle was on his fourth deployment serving as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Technician out of 3rd EOD Company, attached to Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, when he was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs above the knees.
Now medically retired, Jesse continues to be the ambitious person he was before injury. He is currently working on his graduate degree to become a physician’s assistant. “Once I graduate, I will be able to work in the healthcare field and hopefully give back some of the care I’ve been fortunate enough to receive over the last several years,” he says.
Jesse also focuses much of his time on his wife Kelly and their daughter Grace. He stays physically active by running and weightlifting. He has hand-cycled in the Marine Corps Marathon and plans to try standup bicycling soon.
Despite his active lifestyle, Jesse still faces challenges within his own home. Kelly has to be available much of the day to help him with routine tasks. A Homes For Our Troops home with an accessible kitchen including pull-down shelves and roll under sinks will give Jesse the ability to prepare meals and wash the dishes easily. He also looks forward to finally being able to mow his own yard. “Having a home where I have more freedom and independence will help me to focus on my goals, and allow me to stay physically and emotionally healthy enough to be the best father and husband I can be,” he says.
Jesse and Kelly are choosing to build their home near Boise, Idaho, to be close to family.
Jesse says he’s glad to know there are people who support and care about injured Veterans like himself, and this makes the sacrifices he has made feel worthwhile. “Once I receive this specially adapted home, I plan to spend much of my life earning it and making HFOT and its donors and supporters proud,” he says.