Living to Serve
A passion for service and open source tech is helping a veteran build a more inclusive world.
“When you leave the military, they rip off that tag and slap veteran on your chest, and they don’t really tell you what veteran means.”
For Matt Landis, the definition of a veteran is more than “someone who used to be a soldier.” Now working to give his autistic son and others a chance to live more independently, Matt is proving that a veteran is someone who never stops serving others.
“It was always a tough thing for me and it took me a while to figure out the…you know, how to respond to ‘Thank you for your service’ or any of those kinds of things,” he says. But since moving to Pittsburgh, Matt has learned how to respond when people thank him for his service: with an invitation.
“Join me,” he tells them. “Come out and serve with me. You want to talk about service or appreciate us, then come out and do it with us because we desperately need you. We need the people to come out and be willing to fight alongside us to make the changes that we want to see in our community and be a part of it,” he says.
“And then, of course, so many people do.”