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How a veteran is building a more inclusive world with open source tech

  

Like a lot of vets, the former Apache pilot does not think of himself as a hero. Returning from two tours in Iraq, Matt struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a traumatic brain injury, and the unease of no longer being a part of a larger mission. He’d lost his purpose.

When he learned about a Saturday service event with The Mission Continues, a group of military veteran volunteers, he jumped at the chance to pitch in. “I just missed soldiers, you know? I hadn’t known hardly anybody that was military or a veteran since I had left the service, and I had sort of gotten isolated.”

Hoping the event would be a cure for isolation, Matt found it actually fulfilled a deeper need to be of service. Almost overnight, his definition of veteran crystalized: a veteran has to serve. And this realization gave Matt a new mission in life – one that started at home.