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LAKEVILLE, Minn. – The first thing you should know about the signs in Matt Cleveland’s yard in Lakeville is that he wishes he didn’t need them.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s something I fight with every single day.” he said.
Cleveland’s fight began 10 years ago, after his first deployment. Matt served in the Army rising to a rank of staff sergeant, responsible for recovery during the war in Iraq.
“Recovery is anything that can’t make it back on its own power or its own two feet, we would get called up to go retrieve and bring back to the base.”
During his second tour, Matt was driving a truck when suddenly he was the one in need of recovery.
“The Air Force that did the explosives says it was at least an 800 pound IED that we hit,” Cleveland said.
Despite the blast, he walked away uninjured, and a few years later he began a third tour.
“I was on a recovery mission and there was a semi that jackknifed on a bridge that we controlled. I backed up to him to pull him off the bridge so we could get traffic going again and as soon as I stopped and started getting chains out to hook up and to pull him off, they started lobbing mortars in on us.”
The mortars hit the semi and a piece of that hit Cleveland from behind.
“I have six collapsed vertebrae in my lower back.”