U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Matthew Miles
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, but since he had always been drawn to the military, he enlisted 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 his vehicle. His injuries were widespread, including a fracture in his right ankle, a broken hyoid bone, partially torn retina, torn ligaments in both shoulders, a broken left hand and ultimately the loss of his left leg. 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.
“I’m excited to have a totally accessible home for Matt, as there are several rooms in our house he cannot get to easily when he’s in his wheelchair,” says Maria. “It’s difficult for him to get in and out of our house if he’s in his wheelchair, and being able to get into the entire house at all times will be wonderful!”
Matthew and Maria currently live in San Antonio, TX, with their three children. Matthew works in commercial real estate for a community bank.