Wounded North Country Marine Receives Purple Heart
An Indian River graduate and U.S. Marine, who was severely injured in Afghanistan, has received the Purple Heart.
7 News spoke with Jessie by phone on Friday.
He said simply that it's an honor to receive the Purple Heart.
Jessie also talked about his recovery.
"My recovery is doing good, you know, and fast track to everything ready. I'm going to be out of here as fast as I can. So i'm doing good. My hand is starting to come back and I am starting to do a lot of things independently," said Jessie.
She had mixed emotions as she watched him receive the Purple Heart.
"The tears come because it's so bittersweet. You're so proud of him and his accomplishment in life at only 23," said Margaret.
Jessie is expected to make a full recovery.
On this Veterans Day, Jessie wanted 7 News to convey a message to the public:
"I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful support and they've been so good to me, it's really something," he said.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, Watertown, NY