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Missing Veteran Found Safe, Brother Reports

Media coverage helped reconnect the man with his family.

Matthew Porter, an Air Force veteran reported missing while on a cycling trip from Portland through California reconnected with his family this weekend, his brother shared Sunday night.

Scott Hallgren, a San Jose State masters student who works with kids at the Buena Vista migrant camp, said an upwelling of community support helped spread the word that Porter, his younger brother, might be in trouble.

"People we had been trying to find, people who had been with my brother, found us because they say the story on the web and found my contact info from it," Hallgren said in an email to Patch. "Ultimately, my brother ended seeing the story, and found a flier, then called in."

Porter, 30, was on a soul-searching cycling adventure following an 11-year military career that included two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He last heard from while cycling in Mendocino County. That was more than two weeks ago.

Porter had lost his cell phone and also got sick, which led to the blackout on contact with his famiy, according to KION Central Coast News.

Hallgren also has said Porter struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was feeling isolated, something common among vets.

"All the people who reached out to him gave him proof that he is well loved," Hallgren said in the email, thanking those who helped bring the family back together.

Butch Cole September 24, 2012 at 06:49 AM
How awesome is that! So happy for him and the whole family! What a great ending to a scary situation. You can pass on my gratitude to Matt for his service to our country.
beviej September 24, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I am so happy to see this good news. This also renews my hope that Deanna Brooks will be found o.k.
randy September 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Maybe this will bring more attention to PTSD. It is an awful disease but is not considered by the State of California to be a disability. I know. My best friends son was determined by the VA to be 100% disabled. He was a guard at a state prison. For almost 3 years the state has kept him on the payroll and would not allow him to collect disability. Instead he was let go after the three year struggle. Many other things happened. I have been following Matthew's story. I joined the group on FB. So glad this turned out well and Matthew... THANKS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY and THANKS for your journey. HATS OFF TO MATTHEW. Randy
Corey Trevor September 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
was he in humble Humboldt?
Scott Hallgren September 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you everyone for your kind word and thank you to the entire community for your support. Randy you are absolutely correct about the need to bring more attention to PTSD. Young men and women are coming home to their fanilies forever changed. Families and lives are being desrtoyed and we owe it to our veterans to do better for them. We as a community, a community of people who care, can come together (like we did in the effort to bring Matthew home) to force our government to take PTSD more seriously. We can also help educate the public about PTSD so that the stigma is removed. I am convinced that many sufferers delay or avoid treatment because they are ashamed. People who faithfully serve this country should never have to feel ashamed.
Scott Hallgren September 24, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Rather than this just be something that is talked about and forgotten, I have decided to launch a PTSD Awareness Campaign. I started by creating a facebook group with the same name (PTSD Awareness Campaign) and I would like to invite community members to join. This was created as a way for us to come together and begin discussing PTSD. The goal of this campaign is to remove the stigma and to pressure policy makers to better address this serious issue. Please join the group and share your experiences. We need to show people how common this is and that people who suffer from PTSD are not monsters but are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends.
randy September 24, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Scott.. can you post a link? I am having difficulties fiinding the FB link
Scott Hallgren September 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hi Randy, Here is a link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/434879179880927/ I also wanted to add that in doing some preliminary research, there are other groups dedicated to this same cause so I am hoping to add to that effort. I say this because I did not want my previous statement about launching a PTSD awareness campaign to sound like I was the first to bring this up. I am just hoping to take a grassroots approach to connecting community members about this.
randy September 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thanks Scott. I will be at the site. Have already joined. Am going to share with friends. So many of our homeless are veterans. These men and women FIGHT for our freedom and what do they get in return. POOR support from their own government that they fought for. SO SAD.
ethel May 06, 2013 at 01:17 AM
There is a facebook page called jennandmatt porter says he is still missing as of 7 hours ago..says he is from Alabama. ..is this fake

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