Name: Sgt Jesse Jackson

Branch of Service: Army

Age: 35

Deployment: Iraq

Wish: Give My Wife An Overdue Honeymoon





43 %

of Goal Raised


Description of Injury:

It was December 6, 2006, in Iraq. My platoon was on a route clearance mission and as we were on our way back to our base, my vehicle was hit by an RPG. Shrapnel from the explosion hit my right leg, causing major knee damage. I have had five knee operations to fix the damaged cartilage, ligaments, and muscles, but the doctors are saying that I need a full knee replacement. However, because I am still young, the doctors do not believe the replacement will last for the duration of my life. At this point, I am on a pain management regimen and walk with a cane until a permanent option is possible.


My wife and kids have been my complete source of help and motivation to get better. It has caused them to sacrifice so much. My wife has been by my side, even before we were married and I was going through excruciating surgeries and physical therapy. Because of this, we never had the chance to go on a honeymoon after we were married. And I havenít been able to spend the quality time with my kids that they deserve. We are proud parents of three amazing children with one of them being a newborn! My wish is to take a tropical vacation with my family, somewhere like Hawaii, where they can enjoy themselves at the beach and relax in a paradise. I would be so grateful if we could just spend some much needed time together.