Matt Clark is in the Army learning to be a helicopter mechanic on Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia. It is early 2014, graduation day is approaching, and Matt has a new wife and infant daughter back home in Florida waiting for him to return to them.
Matt messed up his knee during training and can barely walk,much less run. He is getting it checked out by a doctor, but they have to wait for results to come back. If something is wrong, his stay in Virginia could be much longer.
Matt needs to pass an end of the course physical assessment(PT Test) in order to graduate from helicopter school and reunite with his wife and daughter. She was only 4 weeks old when he left her with his wife 8 months ago. Unfortunately, the test involves, among other things, a 2-mile timed run.
The results from the Doctor have arrived, and Matt has a chronic iliotibial band (IT Band) injury. It can be VERY painful, but the resolution is mostly some stretching, anti-inflammatories, some ice, and some rest. Within a few days of using the new guidance, Matt can walk without much discomfort.
With new knowledge and a new pair of shoes, Matt was able to pass the PT test! It was difficult, and he had a lot of issues along the way, but his knee held out just long enough to see him through. All course requirements have now been satisfied.
On March 24, 2014, Matt Clark graduated from the United States Army helicopter repair school in Virginia and was reunited with his wife and daughter. As a fully credentialed soldier, their next story was waiting to be written. As for now, this story ends the best of ways, with the three of them together.