Matthew joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2002 after graduating high school. He served as a field radio operator and participated in four combat deployments to Iraq. Matthew was stationed in North Carolina, Hawaii, Japan, and California during his military service before separating in 2014. Matthew completed a dual bachelor’s program at Florida International University, earning a degree in accounting and religious studies with a minor in business analytics. In 2023, Matthew graduated with a Master of Science in taxation from the University of Miami. He hopes to pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration to assist veterans on college campuses better.