A few years ago my close friend’s son, Matt turned eighteen and followed his heart, enlisting in the Navy hoping to become a Navy Seal.The training to become a Navy Seal is the most rigorous type of training you could ever imagine and is commonly referred to as the most challenging training program in the world. A six-month training program that shapes potential Seals into warriors. Matt successfully completed and graduated from the Seals training program receiving orders to the elite Navy Seal unit in Virginia Beach. He began his deployment to Afghanistan in September at age twenty-two fully prepared to serve his country, preserving our freedom.
On November 1st my friend lost her son, Petty Officer 2nd class Matthew G. Kantor. He was killed in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. I cannot even begin to comprehend her loss and the loss of her family. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Matt “a true warrior.” ”He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom,” Smith said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time.” Matt received a Purple Heart; his actions in combat help save the lives of his fellow Navy Seals that were with him that day. God Bless you Matt and thank you.
We are supporting The Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Matt, their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Please remember, Freedom is not free.