United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Jesse Clark was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Clark grew up in a poor household and was raised by his grandparents. He was very active as a child and enjoyed playing sports at any chance he could.

Clark enlisted in the United States Air Force in April of 1985 because of his desire to travel the world. Throughout Clark’s extensive career he served in many fighter squadrons and got the opportunity to travel very often. He earned several achievements during his years of service including 4 Joint Meritorious Medals for his bravery in combat. Clark served over 20 years with the United States Air Force.

Clark’s time of service had to come to an end after there was a chemical exposure during the Gulf War which caused a large tumor to form inside of Clark’s brain. As a result Clark was left paralyzed on the left side of his body, legally blind, wheelchair bound, and prone to memory loss. The road to recovery was extremely long and difficult for Clark. After the tumor was removed from his brain, Clark spent several days in a coma, followed by 3 months in the hospital, and finally 2 years in a rehab care center.

Clark currently lives with his loving wife of 36 years, Rebecca, and their son, Skyler, who helps care for Jesse. Clark enjoys reading and spending time with their three sons, Skyler, Brandon, James, and grandchildren.

Clark has stated that the most important lesson he’d like others to take from his situation is perseverance, citing his wife’s incredible, ten year long journey to get him the VA benefits that he rightfully earned and deserves.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be providing US Air Force Technical Sergeant Jesse Clark with a custom-built smart home as a thank you for the sacrifices that he has made.