On Wednesday, January 29, Red Cross volunteers Gerard and Diane Frappier of the Carolina Piedmont Region in Charlotte, North Carolina, brought their son, Marine Sgt. Matt Cooke, for a tour of Red Cross National Headquarters.
The family was invited to Washington, DC by North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger for the State of the Union address in recognition of Sgt. Cooke's heroic actions during the Fort Hood massacre on November 5, 2009 where he used his body to shield others during the attack.
"Sgt. Cooke is a true American hero, willingly risking hisl life to save others. Our children should know his story and look to him as a role model," said Congressman Robert Pittenger.
This is the second year the Congressman has invited a wounded warrior to join him at the State of the Union. He first met Sgt. Cooke in September, when Sgt. Cooke was finally returning home after four years of recovery at Fort Hood.
The family's tour of Red Cross National Headquarters was an opportunity for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region to express the spirit of one Red Cross and learn more about their experiences.
Gerard and Diane are active Red Cross volunteers and recently deployed to several local and national disaster responses including Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy.
“It was a great opportunity for us to provide a warm and hospitable welcome and thanks to Matt and his parents for all their service,” said Linda Mathes, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.