Cpl Jeffrey Kessler
Rising Sun, MD
Mission Completed on Feb. 15, 2014!
Marine Corporal Jeffrey Kessler was on his third deployment when he lost both of his legs above the knee and suffered the partial amputations of fingers on his right hand after stepping on an IED in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2011.
While clearing a compound with his team, Cpl Kessler stepped into the 4th living area of the compound to begin a sweep of the room when his right foot hit the pressure plate of a twenty pound IED. The force of the blast blew Cpl Kessler across the room, traumatically amputating both of his legs and nearly amputating the fingers on his right hand.
While trying to reach his radio to call for help, Cpl Kessler crawled out of the blast area where the corpsman began treating his catastrophic injuries. Pulled to safety by his team, Jeff never lost consciousness as the landing zone was cleared and they waited for a helicopter to transport him to Camp Bastion.
Next airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany, Cpl Kessler arrived at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland four days after the blast; his wife and two young sons by his side, Jeff continues his treatments and therapies there at this time.
Cpl Kessler enjoys spending time with his wife, Morgan and their two young sons. Friends since high school, they are the looking forward to moving home and living closer to family and friends. An athletic lifestyle has afforded Jeff the ability to advance rapidly through his therapies; walking, running, and biking with his prosthetics have all been challenges that have been achieved. He enjoys working out, football, and fishing, and is active with the VFW. He hopes to acquire a position with the US Government at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in the future.
Cpl Kessler appreciates all of the support and assistance being offered by the donors and volunteers who will make his specially-adapted home a reality; allowing him to live his life without barriers in his own home. “Thank you for making my family’s future easier. Owning a home built specifically to my needs would not have been possible without Homes for Our Troops. Dreams do come true and HFOT is helping with ours!”
- Key Ceremony- February 15, 2014