In the seventeen years since leaving Hampton Roads, Matthew says, he has tried to devote his life to helping others, and he traces this attitude right back to his UUFP experiences. "I believe it helped make me a person that has a more open-minded approach to the world and someone who wants to help care for and protect others," he explains.
Career-wise, Matt is a government contractor, specializing in emergency management, public health, and military health. He is a medical planner for the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. As a captain in the Virginia Army National Guard, as well, he is also a a Force Health Protection Officer and Medical Planner, with the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of his fellow soldiers.
On a more personal level, however, he and his wife, Heather, play somewhat of a "rescuing" role. They do volunteer work with animal rescue group, and have taken three "rescue" dogs into their own Aldie, VA home. And, having chosen not to have children of their own, Matt and Heather foster two little girls, whom they are in the process of adopting. Adopting children, he says, is something he and Heather have been planning on since their dating days.
Recalling his recent military deployment in the Middle East, Capt. Matt also credits his UUFP experience with helping him to understand and respect the religious views of his Muslim allies when other soldiers were finding difficulties in the alliance. "This," he says, "allowed us to be more successful in what we were doing." A valuable commodity, under combat conditions.
We wish Matt and Heather all success, as they carry our UUFP values into 2018.