I want to honor my son Matthew Slaydon on this Memorial Day. Matt is Air Force Special Forces, EOD, (bomb squad) now retired. He volunteered for a 3rd tour in Iraq and he was doing his work of making Iraqis safer in Baghdad by defusing roadside bombs. As he examined a suspicious area for a bomb, a buried device was set off possibly remotely by someone in the crowd. The blast took his eyes and an arm and put him in the hospital at death’s door for months, and over a year of surgeries and physical therapy. Matt, you are a hero in the truest sense of the word, not because you were hurt, but because you knew the risk, and you took it, and now you embrace the changes and choose life as the new Matt. This day is for you. I am proud to be your Mom and you are the best of all of us.