August 8, 2008 – Staff Sgt. Matt Bumpus, who served on the 3rd Brigade’s first Iraq tour with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, died this week after a two-year battle with acute myleogenous leukemia.
He was 31, and leaves behind a wife and two young sons in Roseville, Calif.
Bumpus, who died Sunday, believed his cancer was likely the result of chemical or radiation exposures while he served in Iraq.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied his claim.