Meet The Team
100% OF OUR TEAM IS COMPOSED OF SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF A MILITARY FAMILY.
WHHC Tasks and Responsibilities
My name is Matthew Houston. I am a father of three awesome kids and am a husband to a great woman who I met while serving in the military. I was born and raised in Washington State. I graduated from Bethel High School in 2000. I always wanted to join the military but went to work for a Heating and Air company after graduating. On September 11, 2001 I was in a crawl space under a house and heard my boss yelling and screaming about something, as I crawled out, I was told our homeland was attacked and that we lost a lot of Americans due to a Terrorist attack. In April 2002 I swore into the United States Army and left for basic training. After graduating basic, I was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas as an Active-Duty Military Police Officer with the 89th MP Brigade, 720th MP Battalion, 64th MP Company. On March 19th 2003, my Battalion was sent to Kuwait in preparation for the war with Iraq, I actually turned 21 years of age in Baghdad on April 8, 2003. After many successful missions I suffered a 50-caliber gunshot wound to my left leg on November 14, 2003. The Army and I tried to repair my leg and after 15 months, 22 surgeries, multiple skin grafts, donating my latissimus flap, and removing bone from my pelvis to rebuild my leg, I developed staph infection that adhered to the titanium cage inside of my shin. My 23rd operation was to remove my leg above the knee. It took me about 8 days post amputation to get fitted for a prosthetic leg and within 3 weeks I was up walking around with a cane. My first child was set to be born a month after my amputation and it gave me the drive to make sure I was able to walk around and be the father my kid deserved. Shortly after the Army found me unfit for my Military Occupation and medically retired me in 2005.
In 2012 I was contacted by WHHC and Jeremy Harbaugh invited me on a deer hunt in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania and told me that I could also bring my daughter with me to deer camp. After three great days in camp, I was captivated by WHHC's mission and asked how I could help others like me get the same experience WHHC had just given me. This will be my 11th year volunteering for WHHC, and I can honestly say supporting those who have sacrificed so much is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.