"We actually had our EOD explosive ordnance team there and they assessed the hole and said it was good to go," Matt told us
After getting the go-ahead, Matt and the other soldiers started moving the tank forward. He said, "We then proceeded over the hole and we were hit with an IED. They estimated it to be a 350 pound IED."
Matt's a gunner and was on top of the truck when the bomb sent the tank flying.
"It pretty much flipped over the top of me," he said. Matt and two other soldiers were hurt but they all survived.
His incredible service is certainly not lost on us or on his seven-year-old daughter, Reagan. She started a coat drive at school and sent all 60 coats to her dad, "so they wouldn't be cold," Reagan said. It gave both dad and daughter the chance to make others smile.
Matt is home for a while but this family has big plans now that dad is back at the farm.
We’re going to be sharing the stories of area military families here on Heartland Homefront on the first Tuesday of each month. The families featured in our coverage will each receive a $250 grocery gift card. If you would like to nominate a family for consideration, click here.