About the Cover Art
While on his second tour in Iraq, Corporal Matt Cole was wounded in action when insurgents fired mortars into his forward operating base. Matt was hit with shrapnel in his back and right leg, resulting in a collapsed lung and spinal cord injury that resulted in paraplegia.
Matt was referred to New Heights for the hippotherapy program through a physician's order in August 2018. Hippotherapy (hippos is Greek for "horse") is a treatment strategy that focuses on purposeful manipulation of horse movement and is used by licensed OTs, PTs, and SLPs. In his hippotherapy sessions at New Heights, Matt is assisted by his devoted friends and fellow veteran, Jason Austin, who serves as his sidewalker. Matt's personal goal is to build his strength, sitting balance, and endurance to be able to pleasure-ride through his new property.
Matt helps other disabled veterans as a volunteer with nonprofit veterans foundations. His tireless work with those organizations and other nonprofits has earned him extensive recognition and awards. Matt resides in Covington with his wife, Kim, and their three children. His therapy is sponsored by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.
Cover art generously donated by Cindy Pulling.