WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A Manhattan, KS veteran was honored at the White House Thursday. As part of the Wounded Warrior Project, veterans from across the country took the stage with President Donald Trump. Manhattan’s Matthew Scholten was among those honored. Scholten served in the Army for 20 years. In 2007 a roadside bomb exploded under his vehicle in Iraq, leaving him injured. He says he had trouble coming to terms with his injury.
Matthew Scholten says he has seen a commitment to veterans from this White House.
“At a point and time when I couldn’t walk anymore, I had to admit something was wrong with me. And I went to get help from them,” said Scholten.
The Wounded Warrior Project helped him pick up the pieces. The organization helps injured veterans with various physical and mental health programs. Their Soldier Ride, a four-day cycling experience, brought Scholten and company to the White House.
“Getting to be around each other makes everything more positive. It makes it a much more engaging experience. It’s a great time,” said Scholten.
President Trump stressed his commitment to veterans as he spoke to a packed room.
“Your devotion, your endurance and your unbreakable will are all an inspiration to every single American,” said President Trump.
The president praised Wounded Warrior Project CEO Mike Linnington. Linnington says his non-profit organization is crucial for helping veterans when the government cannot.
“It’s the responsibility of communities, of non-profit organizations like ours and many other non-profits across the country to be there when our veterans come home,” said Linnington.
The Wounded Warriors are not done with their journey yet. They say they have another 13-mile ride on Friday, before heading home on Saturday.