LCpl Matthew Grashen
On Aug. 1, 2013, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Grashen, a rifleman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, was on his first deployment. While on a foot patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, LCpl Grashen stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs.
LCpl Grashen spent months undergoing surgeries and recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center. He soon learned how to walk and run on his prosthetics. A year after his injury, Matthew and his wife Miya became proud parents to a son, Jonah.
Now medically retired, Matthew keeps active with many forms of exercise, including wheelchair basketball, running, hiking, long-distance walking, swimming, and weight lifting. He will be competing the Invictus Games in September 2018.
An aspiring chef, Matthew plans to attend culinary school and would like to own a restaurant. A specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home with a fully accessible kitchen including lower counters and pull down shelves, will allow him to practice his cooking skills. Additionally, Matthew and Miya have always wanted to raise their son in California, but had trouble finding a home equipped for Matthew’s injuries. Now that they welcomed their second child, Serena, in 2017, their new specially adapted mortgage-free home is the answer to their prayers, and will give the family “a fresh start.” Matthew will then be able to focus his energy on continuing his education and spending time with family. Originally from Wisconsin, Matthew is choosing to build his home in Southern California to be close to the VA and Miya’s family.
Matthew says he is incredibly grateful to Homes For Our Troops’ donors and supporters. “It is a humbling experience just to know that there are people out there that truly care about the happiness and welfare of our Veterans. Thank you for giving us a true home.”