Army SSG Matthew Lammers
Matthew Lammers joined the Army as an Infantryman after the September 11 terrorist attacks, feeling a need to serve and protect his country. He chose the Army to follow in the footsteps of his grandparents and father who also served.
On June 10, 2007, during his second deployment with D Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, SSG Lammers was injured by an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) in Baghdad, Iraq. The blast resulted in bilateral above-knee amputations, above left elbow arm amputation, spinal cord injury, burns to lower limbs, and tinnitus. Once back in the United States, Matthew recovered at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Now medically retired, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, Alicia, and their children. Matthew also likes biking, basketball, sitting volleyball, and swimming. Although Matthew excels with his active lifestyle, he still faces challenges within his multi-level home. Receiving a specially adapted custom home will make his daily routines easier and will give him more time to spend with his family.
Matthew looks forward to the freedom and independence the home will bring. He hopes to build a pool in the backyard to continue his physical therapy and swimming, one of his favorite activities.
Originally from Kansas, Matthew is choosing to build his home in Demming, New Mexico, because he finds the area to be peaceful and the community friendly. He is also close to medical care, and the warm, dry climate is beneficial for his injuries. Additionally, he enjoys exploring the ample national and state parks nearby.
Matthew would like to thank HFOT donors and supporters for all they give Veterans. “You are making a very positive impact in a lot of lives.”