Oregon State University Student, Oregon Army National Guardsman, Military Hero, Silver Star recipient, action figure, and now Deal or No Deal contestant. Matt Zedwick will go for the $1 million prize on a special two-hour Deal or No Deal on Thursday, Christmas night, airing from 8-10 p.m. PST and will answer the question: Deal or No Deal?
From KTVZ, Zedwick is “an Iraq veteran and modern day hero, Zedwick, a staff sergeant with B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry, based in Corvallis was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star after he pulled his squad leader from their burning HMMWV after it hit an IED in 2004. He became the first Oregon soldier to receive this honor since WWII. The Silver Star is the third highest medal a soldier can receive.”
So what will he do with the money if he wins big? Zedwick hopes to use his winnings to provide for his wife and donate some money to a charity for children who lost their parents in the war in Iraq. His wife, the former Kristin Van Dusen, grew up Astoria and is also a student at OSU.
The Army has previously honored Zedwick by creating a character in his likeness for the America’s Army Real Heroes program, which tells the stories of heroic soldiers. As part of the program, Zedwick is featured in the America’s Army computer game and has his own action figure (or as the Banker on the TV show refers to it, a “doll.”)