April Fool’s Day, No Joke

Matthew Meyrose and his Mom, Jayne White

Jayne White wrote a story for Love You More Than You Know about her son, Matthew Meyrose. When Matthew first told his mother that he joined the Army, the date was April 1, 2004.  Jayne said, “This was no joke!” After training as a Combat Engineer, Matthew was deployed to Afghanistan on March 3, 2006.

Jayne had mixed feelings about her son leaving the country. “Guilt because I suggested he join the Army, apprehension, then calm as I prayed for him and all those serving.” While at work, Jayne would receive calls from Matthew and would marvel at “how close” he sounded.

Then came the call, at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 1, 2006 (April Fool’s Day–no joke again). Not even a month out of country, Matthew, 24 years old at the time, was wounded and in the hospital. An IED went off under his Humvee.  Luckily, he wasn’t critical. Matthew sustained short-term memory loss and his right arm had a muscle concussion.

After four long months, the doctors realized that Matthew’s arm needed more than just time to heal. Matt was flown to Germany to receive more medical attention.

Matthew became a sergeant by the time he was done serving his country on September 30, 2007. He is now a drill sergeant in the Army Reserves, and studying to become a fireman. Thank you Matthew for your service. May your April Fool’s Day be calm and relaxing.

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