Sgt Matt Parker
Sgt Matt Parker was born and raised in New Mexico and joined the Army in 2004 at the age of 19. He completed basic training at Fort Knox Kentucky and was stationed in Germany with the 1/37 Armor as an Armor Crewman. He was deployed to Iraq in January 2006 and spent a year there in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On December 24th, 2006 the tank he was in was hit by an IED buried in the road which resulted in two broken arms, a fractured back, and the loss of both legs above the knee. Matt spent over two years at Walter Reed Army hospital recovering from his injuries and learning to walk on prosthetic legs. After leaving the hospital, he and his wife moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University.
Matt and his wife Nina, have two beautiful daughters; Ryley age 6 and Regan age 3. He enjoys playing guitar, hunting, fishing, golfing and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Denver.
SSG Dennis E. Cline II
SSG Dennis E. Cline II is a combat wounded amputee, he was injured on September 11, 2006 in Afghanistan where he lost his left hand and forearm among other injuries relating to an RPG blast. The family spent a full year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working on his recovery before transferring to Fort Carson to regain active duty status.
Dennis continued to serve in the military for another 9 years post-injury. While still on active duty he worked as a Case Manager at the Warrior Transition Unit before moving on to working as an Instructor at the Fort Carson Warrior Leadership Course and finally as the NCOIC of Medical Supply Chain Management at Evans Army Medical Center.
Dennis and his wife, Brooke, have been married for 17 years and have 3 children; Kaylee 16, Keirsten 14, and little Dennis 13. In his spare time, Dennis has spent countless hours volunteering with many wounded warrior programs relating to outdoor recreation therapy for vets as well as farming a small piece of land outside of Colorado Springs.