HB Hospitality is proud to support the Gary Sinise Foundation with all 2018 silent auction proceeds in direct support of America’s most severely wounded Veterans and their families. Through the R.I.S.E Program, the Gary Sinise Foundation builds custom Smart Homes with automated amenities designed to ease the daily challenges these heroes face, providing them with remarkable new technologies that will improve their quality of life and increase their independence.
We are honored to support the missions of the Gary Sinise Foundation in serving our nation by ensuring the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten.
USMC SSgt. Jesse Cottle (Ret.) 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. 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. 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 they are expecting another girl 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 on daily basis.