Matthew Leyva


On August 9, 2011, Army SPC Matthew Leyva, of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, suffered a dismounted complex blast injury when he stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The blast caused injuries that resulted in the loss of both his legs, the loss of four of his fingers (his pinky and ring fingers from each hand), and a shattered left elbow.

SPC Leyva, who is from Central New York, received his smart home in Pompey, NY on September 11, 2017 at the moment the South Tower fell.