Hero Story: LCpl Matthew Fuller USMC

Fuller in Fallujah
LCpl Fuller in Fallujah

Matthew Fuller was injured in Iraq in June of 2005 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED), ejecting him 20 feet. He sustained spinal fractures, traumatic brain injury (TBI), a bruised kidney, and multiple broken bones in his legs and feet. The Semper Fi Fund began assisting Matthew’s family when his mother arrived at his bedside in Bethesda, ready to give her support.

Matthew is still actively involved in treatment for his injuries. He has re-learned simple everyday tasks and has also learned to cope with his PTSD. Matthew married his wife, Michelle, this past year and they enjoyed a couples’ retreat in Florida in February 2011.

Michelle and Matthew Fuller
“Thank you so much for all of your help. It is impossible to truly describe the pain and effects from my PTSD I face every day, but what you have done for my family and me is priceless.” – Matthew Fuller

They live in Hampton, VA, in a home that the Semper Fi Fund assisted in purchasing and renovating to be accessible for Matthew. The Fund has also assisted with a riding lawn mower and family support grants. The Semper Fi Fund has been at Matthew’s side since his injury in 2005 and we will be there as he continues to go through rehabilitation and recovery.

Please join us in wishing Matthew all the best as he recovers and starts his new life with Michelle!