Born in New York City, Matt traveled the world as the son of a Naval Officer. Attending college in Oregon, he worked summer jobs as a logger one summer and a merchant sailor another. Joining the US Army in 1968, Matt served for the next twenty-five years working through the ranks as an enlisted man, warrant officer and retired in 1993 as a Colonel. In that time he served in both aviation and infantry assignments seeing combat in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. He and his wife have been together for the past fourth-nine years and have two sons, both Army officers. He presently resides in Florida.