Beth's Brave Steps

“Beth’s Brave Steps”
– a female veteran’s mission to empower fellow veterans to embrace a positive, active lifestyle to overcome depression and military related PTSD through her support of the Spartyka Foundation.

About Beth
Beth Matteson was born in South Milwaukee, WI on
14 Feb 1987 and joined the Navy in 2006. Honorably serving as Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 2nd Class (SW) until Dec 2011 aboard the USS Frank Cable AS-40 forward deployed in Guam and NAVELSG, (Expeditionary Logistics Support Group) Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg VA.  

After her military service she attended Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA and graduated in 2013 with an Associate’s degree in Foreign Languages. She is currently in her last semester at Old Dominion University pursuing a Bachelors in Science of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology set to graduate May 2015.

Upon graduating from Old Dominion University, Beth plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in support of the Spartyka Foundation.

Beth fell in love with the outdoors when she hiked 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail in July of 2014.  She is planning her next adventure of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in May of 2015.

Appalachian Trail Facts
·       The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length.
·       The Trail goes through 14 states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.  

Mission Statement
The Spartyka Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports Veterans, Wounded Warriors & Gold Star Families. The Spartyka Foundation Continuum of Resources is broken down into 5 separate divisions:

Housing Front
Vet Connect
Career Aid

For more information, please visit:

Map courtesy of: Appalachian Trail Conservancy


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Beth Matteson 
Norfolk, VA
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