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Photo of wife carrying Marine goes viral

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A photo of former Marine Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle and his wife is going viral on social media.

Jesse joined the Marines in 2003. His job was dangerous, locating and dismantling improvised explosive devices. It was on 2009 mission in Afghanistan when his 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."

A fellow Marine was wearing a camera on his helmet. The explosion was captured on camera.

In the months that followed, Jesse's found support in family and friends. During his recovery, he met his future bride, Kelly. She was a swimmer at Boise State at the time. The two met at a swim meet in San Diego.

"I just remember being very intrigued by him," Kelly said.

Last year, the couple tied the knot.

Recently, the couple visited Kelly's family in Idaho. While there, they decided to take some family portraits.

Photographer Sarah Ledford suggested the family take a picture standing in the water.  

"So we said 'well, you can just pop off your legs and get on one of our backs and we'll take you in' and so, 'cause that's just how we get around sometimes, like at the beach," Kelly said. "It's just pretty normal, so he hopped back on my back and then Sarah's like 'oh, we'll take some couples shots.'"

Ledford posted one of the shots to her Facebook page. She had no idea the overwhelming response it would receive. Since it was posted, the photo has captured more than 8,500 comments, likes and shares on her Facebook page.

Jesse says the support leaves him speechless and humbled.

Now, Jesse and Kelly are an inspiration to thousands and a reminder of the sacrifices being made by our military every day.

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