Matt was born and raised in Independence, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Louisville. Matt served his country in the Marine Corps. He is married with two children. Matt had no real plan for re-acclimating to civilian life and did not realize how his tours in Iraq truly affected him. His challenges include but are not limited to anxiety, anger, and depression. Preston (Matt’s Service Dog) is a red nose 2 y/o pit bull terrier. It was recognized that Preston had some special qualities and after evaluation by a trainer he was placed in a program to learn basic obedience before returning for further service dog training.
Preston and Matt begin their training together and while it was not always easy, Preston is providing Matt with invaluable assistance, that only a service dog can provide. Together Matt and Preston are building a bridge that eases Matt’s stress.