Eddyville, KY

Mission Accomplished on Nov. 23, 2009

Army Sergeant Chase Matthews was deployed to Iraq in March 2007 when he lost both of his legs as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion. SGT Matthews, a 19K tanker with the 2-123 Armor Kentucky Army National Guard, was driving an up-armored HMMWV in the vicinity of Talil Airbase, Iraq, when an IED detonated directly beneath the vehicle.

Critically wounded, Chase tried to evacuate the vehicle but was unable to do so. After being pulled to safety by his commander, and during an ambush, SGT Matthews was airlifted to a field hospital. Later transferred to Landstuhl, Germany and eventually to Walter Reed, Chase began treatment for his injuries which in addition to his bilateral amputations included severe wrist and forearm injuries on his left side as well as inhalation burns.

Chase plans to continue his education and stay involved with his local community through church and the American Legion. He spends enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two children. Homes For Our Troops is proud to have presented a specially adapted custom home to Chase and his family on Nov. 23, 2009. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.