Tuesday, April 13th, my friend Henry McCoy called me and asked me if I wanted to accompany him on a photoshoot he was having that evening. Henry constantly amazes me with his ability to use lighting to really emphasize emotion in his photos so I was happy to tag along. After agreeing to go, Henry told me more about the man he would be taking photos of, Matt Parrish. Matt is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and United States Army medic. What Matt was doing in Ruston, La. was all the more interesting. He was walking across the country for a non-profit foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a non-profit organization who provides assistance to children who have lost a parent while serving for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations during an operational or training mission. This includes some 50,000 military special operations and support personnel in the United States and overseas.
Through total faith, as you will see as he gives a testimony of his journey thus far in the video, Matt set off on a Trek for Hope. This trek would take him from Tampa Bay, Fla. to Los Angeles, Calif. and back to Tampa Bay, Fla. Throughout his journey, he has talked to a multitude of people who are mostly just curious as to what he is doing. Once they find out what he is doing and what Special Operations Warrior Foundation does they are very supportive.
I was fortunate enough to house Matt for a night before he set off westward Wednesday morning.
Meet my friend and fellow American, Matt Parrish.