Cpl Brandon Rumbaugh served with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in Afghanistan. While there, he stepped on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), and the resulting explosion caused him to lose both of his legs. On Saturday, Country Music Star Toby Keith presented a gift of an all-terrain trackchair in conjunction with the Independence Fund during his concert in Pittsburgh, PA.
Up until Saturday, Brandon used a set of crutches (red, white, and blue ones at that) to get around. You can see some of his endeavors as a motivational speaker at his website. Now he will have more mobility, and will be able to do some of the things he enjoys. We have written about him before, when he stayed outside in the cold for a month to raise awareness of the plight of homeless veterans.
Pittsburgh, PA concert
The Independence Fund posted this on Instagram:
One thing we know for sure about @tobykeith is that he loves his American Soldiers. ?? Toby showed his gratitude for our nation’s heroes again last night, as he helped us present an all-terrain trackchair to wounded Veteran, Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh, in Pittsburgh, Pa!
While with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in Afghanistan, Brandon stepped on an IED as he was carrying a Marine to safety, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. Following his retirement, he was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal with a V for Valor.
This Marine definitely deserves all the praise that he receives! ?????? We thank you for serving our country Brandon! & Toby Keith, thanks for making this special moment possible!
Toby Keith is well known as a patriotic American who loves US Veterans. Not only did Brandon receive the $16,000 trackchair, but Toby Keith treated the Marine veteran to a meet and greet backstage where he was allowed to watch the concert.
The Independence Fund’s website states:
Founded in 2007, The Independence Fund is committed to empowering our nation’s severely wounded, injured, or ill Veterans to overcome physical, mental, and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty. We are dedicated to improving the lives of both our Veterans and their families. Through our Mobility, Caregiver, Adaptive Sports, Advocacy, and Family programs, The Independence Fund strives to bridge the gap of unmet needs for Veterans and their Caregivers.
Featured photo: Brandon with Toby Keith via The Independence Fund Instagram