• George W. Bush Institute

    Team 43

  • Members of Team 43 were injured in the global war on terror and exemplify the resilience and continued leadership of our nation's warriors and their families.

Matt Ayers

Matt Ayers

U.S. Army
W100K Participant 2015

Staff Sergeant Matt Ayers joined the Navy in 2003 as a Corpsman with a Marine Corps Infantry Company. He subsequently transferred to 19th Special Forces Group with the West Virginia National Guard.  In 2006, Ayers deployed to Iraq as a combat medic. 

Ayers deployed twice to Afghanistan, and during his second deployment in 2011, he was struck by a field artillery round.  He suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), sciatic paresthesia, torn disc in lower back, and left hip effusion, 

After his commitment was over, Ayers chose to continue serving in the Army Reserves as a Psychological Operations team leader.  As a civilian, he serves as a fire-fighter and is a 20-year veteran of the Columbus Fire Department. 

Ayers is married to Deborah, who is a police officer, and they have a beautiful daughter, Isabella.

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