Sentinel Stories

“Having Sentinels of Freedom by my side throughout my recovery process was very heartwarming and gracious. They supported me socially, professionally, and financially. Their willingness to help me, regardless of my situation was unprecedented. Without their support and guidance, I would not be where I am today. The program ultimately set me up for success. Thank you for all you do and continue to do for me and other veterans.”

— Matt White

Matt White

Sergeant, US Army

Matt was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and enlisted in the US Army immediately after graduating high school.

He deployed twice to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. On his second deployment, Matt was injured by an improvised explosive device. After many surgeries, Matt’s right leg was amputated below the knee.

Before being released from the hospital, Matt started to make plans for his future. Since he’d always had an interest in the medical field, Matt chose to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America. Sentinels of Freedom (SOF) provided Matt with financial support, mentoring, and guidance throughout his college journey.

When he was not studying, Matt spent a lot of his time participating in the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where he learned how to help other veterans and their families navigate the legislative process.

Through SOF, Matt was introduced to Sentinel graduate Wayne Waldon. Wayne was quick to hire him as a project manager in the healthcare field for his company, Reveille Group LLC. Matt has since moved on to work where his passion lies – as the service dog program administrator at the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations.

Matt continues to give back and volunteers as an ambassador for Show Your Soft Side, a public service organization that aims to end animal cruelty.

Sentinels Across America

Across our great nation, our Sentinels are building new lives for themselves and their families.