Epping honors soldier for what he has given
EPPING - Retired Army Sgt. Matt Jordan thought he was attending an awards ceremony for his cousin at Epping Middle School on Tuesday night.
Little did he know, the cameras would be pointed at him as selectmen announced that the 2011 Epping Town Report was being dedicated to Jordan for the sacrifices he made during his military career, which was cut short by a roadside bomb.
A 2006 graduate of Epping High School, the 24-year-old Jordan dreamed of serving in the military for a long time, but he was medically retired last July after his lower right leg was shattered by a roadside bomb while he was patrolling in Iraq on March 14, 2009.
Doctors were unable to save his lower leg, which was amputated just below his knee in August 2010. A few months later, Jordan received a prosthetic leg and began adjusting to life as an amputee with his wife, Katie, 24, and daughter, Olivia, 4, by his side.
'I never wanted to get out. I wanted to make a career out of it,' Jordan said of the Army.
Jordan was attached to the 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., but has now moved back to Epping.
Jordan said his biggest concern about the move was that he and his wife bought a house before he found work.
'I was hoping I was going to find something really fast. I got lucky,' he said.
Jordan was hired late last summer as a full-time correctional officer at the Rockingham County jail. So far, the job is going well.
While he misses the Army, Jordan said he's glad to be back in Epping.
He first moved to town when he was in the eighth grade and played on the high school football team. He has remained active since the amputation, spending time on the golf course and now coaching Epping Middle School football.
In their dedication, selectmen thanked all men and women who have served the country and their families for the sacrifices they've made.
Jordan's wife helped him through his recovery while also caring for their young daughter and studying full time at Colorado Technical University through a scholarship awarded by the school to wounded service members and their spouses. She earned her associate's degree and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in health services administration through a second scholarship.
'We've adjusted really well,' she said.