CPL (Ret.) Matthew J. Deatherage, USA
Matthew Deatherage grew up in Maineville, Ohio where he competed on the high school wrestling team. His father was highly successful in business. When his dad died of cancer when Matthew was sixteen, Matt knew he wanted to live his life in a way that would make his father proud. He decided to join the Army.
Matt served his first deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan from August 2010 to March 2011. On March 10, 2011 Matt and his platoon were out in response to another IED attack as a Quick Reaction Force when he stepped on an IED. Matt remained conscious and continued to assist his platoon in his own medical care to include applying two of his own tourniquets. To date, he has undergone thirty-seven surgeries. He is now a bilateral amputee with a broken left patella and wears state of the art prosthetics on both legs. He also developed type one diabetes after his injury and though he remains active, he utilizes a wheelchair 75% of the time.
Matt looks forward to settling down in the near future in his upcoming Helping A Hero home where he will be able to regain lost independence. He currently works as an Outreach Officer for his local county Veteran Services Office and looks forward to going back to college.