Download "Hey Emily" and Support the Jessie Fletcher Donation Efforts

“Hey Emily” was written for American hero, Cpl. Jessie Fletcher and his fiancé Emily. Jessie’s heroic story could inspire a movie or book but I chose to write the song as a devotional love song to Emily. It’s about the healing power of love and its ability to overcome even the most hopeless of circumstances. My wish is that all military families as well as everyone else who hears the song will be inspired to take a step back and remember what’s most important in their lives, loved ones. Wouldn’t we all be so lucky and grateful to have an "Emily" when we needed one?

Jessie Fletcher US MarineJessie, a scout sniper with the U.S. Marine Corps, joined the military right after high school in 2008. He was one of nine siblings and had always wanted to protect his family by being a Marine. Becoming a scout sniper was his dream, one he saw become a reality at the young age of 23.

“Some boys want to be an astronaut, some boys wanted to be a rock star, and I always wanted to be a scout sniper,” Fletcher said.

Oct. 17, 2011, dawned. Fletcher and his team were in Afghanistan. They were going to scout the valley below by taking refuge in a ruined building. The team knew the region was littered with the Taliban. Fletcher found three improvised explosive devices before his next steps changed his life when he didn't see the fourth.

Jessie Fletcher 2011Fletcher was airlifted to Germany where he was stabilized before being flown to Bethesda, Md., to begin rehabilitation. He had lost both legs above the knee and fingers from both hands. He also lost hearing on his left side, requiring eardrum replacement surgery.

“When we got back here (America,) the first person I saw was Emily,” Fletcher said.

Emily Ball was Fletcher's girlfriend of almost a year. They met at a military ball in November 2010, one Emily had attended with a friend. After Fletcher's injury, Emily moved to Maryland to be with him. Their one year dating “anniversary” was celebrated in the hospital.

Please take the time to donate to the Jessie Fletcher Donation Efforts and obtain your FREE copy of "Hey Emily" while it's still available. All proceeds will go to Jessie and his family.

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- Joe Farren with excerpts and photos from the article “Young veteran flies to new horizons” by Rebekah Cansler McGee