At 10 CAN, Inc., we are dedicated to helping the children and families of our country’s military veterans and first responders. Our team strives hard to make life easier for our nation’s heroes and their loved ones by providing programs that enrich their spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Meet Our Founder
Matthew Burke, a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, incurred injuries while engaged in combat with enemy forces in Afghanistan on September 10, 2011. Due to his combat injuries, the Air Force classified him as a wounded warrior and medically retired him after 13 years of active duty. Within his military career, he deployed four times to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His specialties included aircraft maintenance, safety, anti-terrorism, recruiting and human relations, education, traffic management and base operations, airfield management, and leadership.
Matthew holds an Associates degree in Aerospace Maintenance and Human Relations, a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters degree in Specialized Ministry, and is concluding a Dissertation for his Doctorate degree in Public Policy & Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management.
Matthew has competed in multiple national and state level martial arts tournaments, and holds a 23-2 record in sparring. He is a Black belt in Taekwondo, and has studied Shotokan, Jujitsu, hand-to-hand combat, and boxing. In 2014, Matthew competed in the Inaugural Invictus Games in London, bringing home a Gold and Silver medal in swimming and rowing.
Matthew is a dedicated Christian, husband, father, and an avid outdoorsman. He has hunted big game all across North America, and now conducts youth hunts as a certified Hunt Master with Florida Fish and Wildlife. His love for Archery took him from hunting big game to military Paralympics.
Matthew now serves at the Commander of the Newberry American Legion and President of 10 CAN, Inc., and sits on the Newberry-Jonesville Chamber of Commerce and Alachua County Veteran Advisory Boards. In his free time, Matthew farms, fishes, hunts, and fellowships with friends and family. His extensive knowledge of wilderness survival has led him to successfully complete several survival challenges.
Meet our Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is a group of volunteers from diverse backgrounds:
Passion for Helping Others
A Passion for Helping Others
Matthew received a calling to youth ministry in 2005, and has mentored more than 2,000 children in six states and three countries. He witnessed with his own family the hardships that arise from serving his country and community, and the fortitude required to work through disabilities. He believes that everyone has the potential to be great if given the opportunity.
Through farming, outdoor recreational therapy, and adaptive sports, Matthew was able to overcome his injuries by learning to work within his limitations. Accepting the new norm, focusing on what he can do and not what he cannot do, and surrounding himself with positive people helps him get through the daily grind. He decided to give back to fellow disabled veterans by establishing 10 CAN, Inc. on a farm that he bought. Starting with just one family, the mission has grown to serve more than 500 families. Together with many organizations, Matthew fosters a “One Team, One Fight” mission.
As a public speaker, Matthew educates the community on post-traumatic stress, adaptive recreation, and adolescent development. He is a motivational speaker for children and youth, presents to public leaders on the nature of working with Veterans within their communities or place of employment, and collaborates to combat poverty through gardening.
Since his original calling, Matthew has mentored and trained children and youth in Florida, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, Kyrgyzstan, a