Parker, CO

Mission Accomplished on Sept. 27, 2008

HFOT Project 31
Matthew Keil

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Keil volunteered for his first tour in Iraq because he was single and had hoped to take the place of someone who was either married or had kids. SSG Keil returned unscathed from that tour. He then got married and was sent back as the kind of person that he had volunteered to take the place of. On his second tour of duty, the then 25-year-old Soldier was hit by sniper fire near Ramadi, Iraq. The injury left him being paralyzed from the neck down, though he has regained some use of his left arm.

Homes For Our Troops is proud to provide this Hero a home adapted to his needs. Tracy says on her blog, “I know that we are both so very lucky to have each other, and equally lucky to have all of you helping support us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you don’t know what this means to us.”

Two years after receiving their home, Matthew and Tracy became parents to twins, a daughter, Faith, and a son, Matthew. Tracy has become an advocate for other injured Veterans and their caregivers, specifically in raising awareness about IVF coverage for injured Service members.