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Local Veteran Gets the Gift of Sight

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(FOX 11) A local veteran who served three tours in Iraq, was hit by an IED and suffers from chronic back pain, got an unexpected gift from a local doctor.

Veteran Matt Haviland served three tours of duty in Iraq in nine years.  Matt tells us his unit did combat, humanitarian and stabilization work.

"Matt's a war veteran who suffered injuries, he was hit by an IED sustained some injuries and chronic back pain," explained doctor Gregg Feinerman from Feinerman Vision Center.

Since Matt's been back home, things haven't gotten any easier.  His girlfriend is dealing with ongoing health issues too, she had brain surgery and they were hit with big medical bills.

And on top of everything, Matt has struggled all his life with extremely poor vision.

Dr. Gregg Feinerman was inspired by Matt's story, and decided Matt was the ideal candidate for Operation Insight an organization that gives free eye care to the needy or deserving. "He's someone who's helped our country and really just can't afford eyecare," said Dr. Feinerman.

So Dr. Feineman performed Matt's laser eye surgery for free.

After struggling with bad sight for years, Matt underwent a surgery that took just minutes to fix his eyes. As soon as the surgery was done, this is what Matt had to say, "It's incredible, I can read the diploma on the wall its crazy."

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