Matt Bourgery grew up in the suburbs of New England.
His mother was an LPN at the VA hospital in Bristol, Rhode Island, working nights so she could be at home for her children during the day. His father, a Marine officer and reservist, became a National Service Officer in the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), first in Providence, RI, but then at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, Vermont for close to 20 years. Matt graduated from high school there, and the Green Mountain State still has a firm hold on his heart. It was while in high school that Matt first began to volunteer at DAV, an experience in the value of service that has stayed with him ever since.
After high school, Matt became a part-time student at the University of Rhode Island. He used his spare time to explore Providence and Boston, when he wasn’t supporting himself and earning his tuition by delivering pizza. It was then that he met – and quickly fell in love with – Sandra Scubla, a waitress in the same pizza parlor.