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How to face the future when it hits you | Matt Lampert | TEDxFoggyBottom
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Added Jul 6, 2016
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What happens when the future hits you before you are ready to face it? Matt Lampert's life changed when he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs. Yet, Matt didn't let this incident define the rest of his life. Just 18 months after the explosion, Matt was back on his second tour of service, and his story teaches us how we can face insurmountable challenges.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Captain Matt Lampert enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school in 1998. Since then, he has served in a variety of infantry and special operations billets within the military mostly in the Pacific and Middle East regions.

He is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a B.S. in history. Matt’s wife, Camille, is also a Naval Academy graduate and Marine officer currently serving as a utility and attack helicopter Test Pilot in southern Maryland. They enjoy camping, kayaking and taking care of their horse. Matt is currently working toward completion of a graduate degree in leadership, education and development from the George Washington University while serving as an instructor and company officer at the Naval Academy.

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