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