This is the story of
Matthew T. Drake,
Army SPC, Ret.
Wounded in action on
October 15, 2004 in Iraq
Matthew's recovery from his devastating injuries continues.
His brain injury has left him with physical, cognitive, and emotional
disabilities yet his sense of humor, generosity of spirit and faith in God never
His determination to "get back to normal" inspires him to keep
going even through the times when the gains seem low and the frustrations run
Matthew's Journey in
Story - May 2008
15, 2008 marked the 4th anniversary of the day Matthew was wounded and SSgt
Michael Owen, Cpl Jonathan Santos and Marine Cpl William Salazar were killed.
traveled to Bellingham, Washington, the hometown of Jonathan Santos.
There we joined with Jon's mother, Doris, as well as the mothers of Michael and
William. What beautiful hearts these women have... what a tragic bond they
share. But now they all have met Matthew; have hugged Matthew, and in
doing so "felt" their own son's arms around them. It was truly
inspiring to meet these Gold Star Mothers. A true honor.
We attended a screening on October 15th of the outstanding film documentary,
"The Corporal's Diary, 38 days in Iraq",
which tells the story of Jonathan's 38 days in Iraq, using home videos shot by
Jonathan and his diary entries (read on the film by his younger brother,
Jared). This film won the Seattle Independent Film Festival's "Most
Powerful Documentary" award and has been getting impressive reviews. The
film also shows footage of Matthew before his injury and then tracks his journey
thus far in photos and film clips, including a current update extra.
also presented personalized Honor and Remember
to each of the Gold Star Mothers in a very special
ceremony. See the photos
This flag was designed by a Gold Star father, George A. Lutz, who lost
his son in Iraq in 2005. He, and those of us supporting his cause, seek to
have this flag designated as the official flag of this country to recognize,
remember and honor those who have died in the service for this country.
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Matthew believes that the
best way to honor the memory
of his friends who died around him that awful day
is to become the best man that he can be.
Army CPL Jonathan Santos
Marine CPL William Salazar
You have NOT been
you will NEVER be forgotten.
You inspire Matthew. He inspires us.
You are our heroes.
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