The Andrews Family
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Matthew Andrews spent 10 years in the Army with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was a member of three combat deployments and was a member of the first unit deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. He parachuted into the Iraq invasion and was a member of a Brigade Combat team.
In 2007, Matt led his men under fire against insurgents in Iraq and was directly hit by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device. With disregard to his own safety, he saved his fellow service members killing three insurgents attempting to ambush his squad.
Although he survived two additional IED and EPG explosions, Matthew now suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with migraines and vertigo. He also sustained injuries to his neck, knee and lower back during his service. Andrews was recognized with multiple awards for his service, including Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal and many more.
Matthew is passionate about ministering to veterans in addition to active duty military and their families. He completed his Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in 2016 and has been accepted to the Master of Divinity program. He is also licensed by the Southern Baptist Convention as an Associate Pastor.
Matthew and his wife, Michelle, are parents to a son and daughter. They recently moved from Kalispell, Montana, where they enjoy fishing and spending time outdoors as a family to Tatum, TX. With family in the East Texas area, they are looking forward to moving closer to them while enjoying the Piney Woods.
Operation FINALLY HOME and JennRand Builders are thrilled to provide the Andrews family with a mortgage-free, custom-built home in Tatum, Texas.