News and Views
Media Coverage

Hershey Native, National Guardsman Deployed to Capitol


Blank Rome Associate Thomas F. Brier Jr. was interviewed on abc27, a Central Pennsylvania news station, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. In the segment, Tom talks with reporters about the experience of his brother, 22-year-old Matt Brier, a National Guard member who is currently in Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration.

Interview Excerpt: 

Thousands of National Guard members are in Washington for the Inauguration and the threat of more violence.

One of those guardsmen is 22-year-old Matt Brier, whose brother, Tom, ran for Congress last year, losing the Democratic nomination to Eugene Depasquale. That seat was won by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Cumberland, York, Dauphin Counties), but if things had gone differently, Matt would have been guarding his big brother.

Due to tight security and military protocols, Matt was not permitted to speak to us at the Capitol, but he has been talking to his brother.

“You know, for how hard Scott Perry tried, he couldn’t prevent a Brier from ending up in DC,” Tom Brier joked.

Baby Brier may be taller and stronger — that’s according to Tom — but his passion for his country is the same as his brother’s.

“I realized that democracy was at stake. I was genuinely horrified by the trajectory of our country, and Matt went into the military service, because he feels the same way I do. He’s committed to our country,” Tom Brier said.

To read the full interview, please click here or watch the segment by clicking the video below.