Wounded Marine Comes Home, Surprises Little Brother

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An Indian River High School graduate and U.S. Marine, Jessie Fletcher hasn't been home since he lost both legs and several fingers in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last fall.

On Friday, he arrived at Calcium Primary School to give his little brother a birthday surprise

Brother Patrick Jobson is in third grade. 

It's the first time the brothers have seen each other since Jessie was hurt.

For Patrick, the reunion means letting go of some of the worry he has had since Jessie got injured.

"I really love my brother a lot and it's really important for me to make sure he's okay," said said Patrick.

"Me coming up to surprise him, it was just a good way to show him that things are going to be better for him, too," said Jessie.

Things are also getting better for Jessie, who stopped in Patrick's classroom to talk about his recovery. 

Jessie is an outpatient at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, where he's making progress learning to use his prosthetics.

This isn't the class's first time learning about Jessie - the class sent him cards right after his injury. 

Jessie says it's that support, and support from the entire north country, that made the difference.

"It's so helpful as far as me being able to recover," said Jessie.

A not-for-profit organization called Luke's Wings paid for Jessie to make the trip to the north country.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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