The Matthew Freeman Project

Mission statement: The Matthew Freeman Project is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the support of education in order to promote communities of promise, prosperity and peace throughout the US and the World. As a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

Our New Focus: Gold Star Families

Due to an overwhelming response to our Matthew Bears, we ask your patience as we reorganize. This may take a few months, but we will respond to each of your requests as soon as things are in place. I use the small bear from Simplicity pattern #5461. If I seam rip a pair of pants, I can get at least 2 bears. If you would like them sooner, I suggest a seamstress from your church or a friendly church in your community. Thank you.

Matthew’s Last Journal Entry, 8/02/2009

Mom, Dad, I can never repay you for all you have done for me. You made me into the man I am today. I hope that I have made you proud. That has always been my goal. I love you both so much. Tell the girls that I love them and couldn’t be a prouder older brother. I have always tried to be an honorable man and I truly believe in what we are doing here. I am doing this for my family; so that they need not fear, My country, so that it can be a beacon of light for the entire world; the men around me, because no one could ask for a more august company than the men of the US Armed Forces and finally I do this for myself so that I might know the measure of myself and in the end not be found wanting. I believe that it is my duty to fight and having done all that I can to simply stand against this and all the evil works upon this Earth.

Latest Gold Star Sibling Scholarship


Abigail Watts receives $1000 Gold Star Sibling Scholarship from Matthew’s Aunt Jo Ann Avellone at Abigail’s High school, Wheaton North HS in Wheaton, IL, May 2014.