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Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Matheson

Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Matheson was inspired to join the military following the September 11 terrorist attacks. His daughter celebrated her first birthday the following February and he went to the recruiter’s office the next day. He started basic training in May of 2002, continuing a long family tradition of service.

As a section chief on a Howitzer gun in May of 2010, Staff Sergeant Matheson’s infantry was responding to an incoming ambush. His team ran to prepare and load the gun. But it misfired and the round blew up inside the tube. The blast knocked Sergeant Matheson unconscious. Sergeant Matheson was also injured when a bomb exploded under his vehicle five years earlier.

Sergeant Matheson suffers from PTSD, TBI, nerve damage in his right hand, a right Achilles injury, hearing loss, tinnitus and migraine headaches.

For his service to his country, Sergeant Matheson has been awarded two Purple Hearts, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ One Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Two Stars, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2x), Army Achievement Medal (2x), Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3x), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Development Award (2x), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3x), Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Sergeant Matheson, his wife Brandy and their two children would like to live in Canal Winchester, Ohio.