In honor of Sergeant Thomas and with the cooperation of his family and friends, Pawsitive Action invites you to support the Big Matt Project to help train Big Matt, his litter mates and future dogs to accompany and serve the men and women who have served our country with honor and bravery.
Sergeant Matthew Jody Thomas, 27, was known as “Big Matt” to his brothers and sisters in the Army. Matt was a wonderful person with a huge heart. He retired from the Army in 2013, after serving two tours in Iraq with his Army Unit “The Big Red One.” Matt’s base in Iraq was attacked on June 6, 2011 and he lost five fellow soldiers: Christopher Fishbeck, Emilio Campo, Michael Olivieri, Robert Hartwick and Michael Cook. A sixth soldier, Marco Cintron died several days later. Matt returned home, but suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury. On December 10, 2013, due to medical complications from medication prescribed for PTSD, Matt passed away. Generations of veterans have served our country, leaving family and serving in harsh conditions. Some endure explosions and injuries and many have to live with post-traumatic stress.
Sonya Hightower-LaBosco, Matthew’s mother, started the Big Matt Project to honor her son.
“Matthew was my baby boy and this is a inspiring story to help bring other veterans comfort, as well as peace within. I will never hug Matthew again and the Big Matt Project has inspired me to hug other veterans and their families during difficult times. One of Matthew’s biggest concerns after returning home was his fellow soldiers would be forgotten for their sacrifice. PAF is a way to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Sergeant Thomas aka “Big Matt” would be deeply touched to know that a puppy trained by Pawsitive Action Foundation would be given to another American Hero in order to assist with their independence regardless of their injury.
Learn more about the Big Red One.
*Coming Soon; Dog to be determined in our newest litter.