Soldier From Angola Hurt in Afghanistan

August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM EDT

(Angola, NY) Staff Sgt. Matthew Kreiger was seriously wounded in Afghanistan after being ambushed by insurgent forces.

Kreiger, a native of Angola, NY, is a Green Beret serving with the 3rd Special Forces Group based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

According to his family, Staff Sgt. Krieger was taking part in his deployment as a Green Beret when enemy forces hit the 25-year old soldier with gunfire.

One of the bullets entered the side of Matthew Kreiger's head knocking him to the ground and leaving him unable to move his arms and legs.

A spokesperson at Fort Bragg tells Eyewitness News that Staff Sgt. Krieger was medically evacuated and was able to call his family.

He is now being stabilized before being transferred to medical facilities outside Afghanistan.

A four year veteran of the US Army, Matthew Kreiger had initially served with a military police unit before volunteering to become a Green Beret.

Matthew's older brother, Chris Kreiger, is also a disabled veteran who helped co-found "WNY Heroes" - a non-profit group dedicated to helping returning veterans.

Chris Kreiger was badly injured in Iraq in 2003 after being hit by a roadside bomb while serving with the US Army.

After returning home, Chris suffered serious medical and financial problems. The experience inspired him to help raise funds to assist other struggling veterans.

Now with his brother trying to survive a very serious combat injury, Chris Kreiger says he will do what it takes to help his brother and if need be "I'll be right by his side."