April 1, 2012
An Ex-Soldier Finds a New Mission
Living with injuries, a former medic aims to help other veterans
Joey Pulone for The Chronicle
Takoma Park, Md.
Matthew Reilly's roundabout journey to college took a painful, decisive turn after a nighttime crash in Iraq.
In 2008, six months into his first combat tour with the Army, Mr. Reilly and nine soldiers from his platoon were pursuing an insurgent when their armored fighting vehicle slammed into a roadblock. It was 2 o'clock in the morning, and fresh snow blanketed the ground. To avoid detection, the troops had been traveling without lights. Only the driver wore an infrared device to