Staff Sergeant Matthew DeWitt joined the United States Army in 1998 as a Cavalry Scout and was stationed in Texas, Korea and Georgia. In 2003, Staff Sergeant DeWitt was deployed to Kuwait with the 3rd Infantry Division 4 Battalion 64th Armor Regiment, which took part in the invasion of Iraq.
After participating in the fall of Baghdad, his unit was moved to Habbaniyah, Iraq. While on patrol in Khalidiya, he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). As a result, his left and right arms were amputated below the elbow. Staff Sergeant DeWitt was later transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center where he spent five months and was fit with prosthetics.
In 2008, Staff Sergeant DeWitt rekindled his love of mountain biking and he continues to ride. He hopes to one day get back into competitive cycling.