**Updated 7:15 p.m.
A graduate of Case High School and Sturtevant resident has been confirmed to be part of a Kurdish unit fighting against ISIS.
Matson’s family confirmed with WISN 12 News that he is in Syria with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Photos released by the YPG and a statement from spokesman Redur Xelil corroborate that Matson is on the front lines trying to keep ISIS from extending into Turkey and further into Iraq.
“Yes it is true,” Xelil reportedly said in an online message. “He is fighting in the Jazaa area.”
Matson’s Facebook page shows that he changed his profile picture on Sept. 30 to the one attached to this story. Comments from friends include telling him to be safe, to “go get ’em,” and expressing surprise at his decision.
According to his Facebook page, Matson is a 2005 graduate of Case. The Reuters story on the Yahoo and Newsweek websites says that Matson told online acquaintances that he was heading to Syria to join the fight against ISIS.
Matson is an Army vet who served for about 18 months, from May 2006 to November 2007, the story on WISN reads.
He reportedly was wounded in a firefight but not seriously. YPG reports say they lost 35 fighters and killed hundreds of militants in the battle to keep the city of Jazaa from falling to ISIS.
Sturtevant Chief Sean Marschke said he’s been fielding calls from national media but has not heard from the federal government or Matson’s family about any potential danger or worries.
“Without any notification from credible threats, the federal government or the family, we are not putting into place any extra protective measures,” he told Racine County Eye.
When asked what measures could be put in place, Marschke said he could not provide those details because of security concerns.
The last contact police had with Matson was in 2012 when he was arrested in Burlington for carrying a concealed weapon and operating a firearm while intoxicated. He was pulled over after running a light and told police he wanted to shoot himself after being “railroaded out of the military.”
Matson plead guilty to being armed while intoxicated and in August 2013 was sentenced to a year of probation.
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