[Trigger Warning: Graphic sounds, and images of war.]
A photo of former Marine Jesse Cottle and his wife is going viral on Facebook. Jesse lost both of his legs in Afghanistan, and an image of his wife carrying him on her back is now touching the hearts of thousands of people.
After Jesse joined the Marine Corps in August 2003, his job was to find and dismantle improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
While on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009, Jesse's life changed forever:
"About 5 hours into that patrol, into that mission, I was struck by an anti-personnel IED," Jesse said. "It was a pressure plate, I stepped on it and lost both legs right away."
"It was tough and it is tough in general, but I just kind of always had the attitude that it's really tough now but things will just be okay, and I had my family around me I had good friends and basically just my faith really helped me to carry me through and I was lucky to be able to go through the tough recovery, and then still live my life, and meet my beautiful wife."
During his recovery, Jesse met his future bride, Kelly. She was a swimmer for Boise State, and they met during a swim meet in San Diego, CA.