SGT Matt Parker
Army Sergeant Matthew Parker was on his first deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Ramadi, Iraq on December 24, 2006. While on an early morning mission on Christmas Eve, the tank Matt was riding in rolled over a pressure plated IED resulting in the traumatic amputations of both of his legs above the knee. Knocked unconscious by the blast, he was aided by his comrades who risked their lives to save his.
Medically evacuated by helicopter, SGT Parker was treated at the hospital in Balad before being transported to Landstuhl, Germany. He awoke at Walter Reed Army Medical Center four days later, unaware that his injuries would require that he remain there for sixteen months, enduring more than a dozen surgeries before he could medically retire and move to Elizabeth, Colorado.
SGT Parker enjoys spending time with his wife, Nina and their young daughter. A life member of the VFW, he is also a member of the International Construction Honor Society at Colorado State University. Matt is currently working toward a bachelor’s of science degree and hopes to one day earn his MBA. Matt enjoys playing the guitar, lifting weights, hunting, and reading books about history.
SGT Parker would like to thank everyone who has supported Homes for Our Troops in any way. “This home will give me back the freedom to move around my own home without needing to confront any obstacles, such as narrow doorways or stairs. It will provide me and my family with a place to call home…a place to make memories…a place for our future.”
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