United States Army Sergeant 1st Class Matthew Miles was born in Painesville, Ohio and graduated from Peoria High School in 1995, where he met his now-wife, Maria. After graduation, he attended college for a year and a half, but since he had always been drawn to the military, he decided to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1998 as an Airborne Combat Engineer. He went on to complete numerous deployments, including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
During his deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, Matthew was severely wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit the vehicle he was in. Matthew miraculously survived despite sustaining injuries from head to toe, including a pilon fracture in his right ankle, a broken hyoid bone, partially torn retina, torn ligaments in both shoulders, broken left hand, and ultimately the loss of his left leg.
Matthew went through over 25 surgeries and spent months at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It took over six months for his amputated leg to heal enough for him to walk.
After medically retiring from the military in 2011, Matthew graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance and Development.
Matthew and his wife, Maria, currently live in San Antonio, Texas, with their three children. Matthew works in commercial real estate for a community bank. His Carrington House is currently under construction set for completion in spring 2021.