Matt was born 1-JUL 1979 in St. Charles Missouri.  His parents are Bill and Shirley Sims. Matt has one sister.  Matt graduated from St. Charles High School in 1997 and joined the Army right out of high school.  At the time, Matt was 17 and needed his parent’s permission to join the Army.  When asked what prompted Matt to join, and if his parents had served or aunts or uncles, Matt explained, “I did it out of patriotism and love for our country.” 

In 2005, Matt was deployed to Iraq where he earned three Purple Hearts on one tour.  

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