USMC SSgt Jesse Cottle grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. His mother was a registered nurse for 20 years, and his father was a Marine in the Vietnam War. After September 11, 2001, Jesse’s desire to follow in his father’s footsteps grew stronger, and he joined the US Marine Corps in 2003.
On July 19, 2009, during his fourth deployment, Jesse and his Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were on foot patrol clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when an IED detonated under Jesse, blasting him into the air.
After being sent to The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Jesse underwent seven surgeries on both legs. He was then sent to Naval Medical Center San Diego for outpatient care. Jesse’s recovery took a positive turn when he met Kelly, the woman who would soon be his wife.
The couple has a young daughter named Grace, and just welcomed a new baby girl named Isla in March 2018. The Cottles currently live in a two-story home with many obstacles for Jesse. He struggles to make his way up the front stairs, or even to his daughter’s bedroom.
The Gary Sinise Foundation is honored to provide a specially adapted smart home for Jesse and his family to relieve the many stresses they face daily.