Cpl Brandon Rumbaugh
Marine Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on November 29, 2010. Just returned to an outpost from a combat patrol with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Cpl Rumbaugh was responding to the scene of an IED blast involving one of his good friends just outside the compound.
Carrying a stretcher, and rushing with his team to aid the injured Marine, Brandon stepped on a second IED resulting in the traumatic amputations of his right leg at the hip and his left leg below the knee. Medically evacuated by helicopter, Cpl Rumbaugh was treated at Camp Bastion before being airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and next, to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC before transferring to the newly renamed Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, spending a total of 18 months receiving treatments and therapies.
Cpl Rumbaugh is currently his pursuing a college education to obtain his Business Degree at Penn State. He hopes to one day own his own business. Brandon enjoys weightlifting, baseball, basketball, and shooting. He would like to compete the weightlifting division in the Paralympic Games in the future.
When asked what he would say to thank the volunteers who are working to help make his home possible Brandon shared the following: “I am looking forward to getting my life back to normal and words cannot express how grateful I am to Homes for Our Troops and those who support this amazing organization. I will be able to wake up in my own home every day and carry out my duties as a loyal American citizen. Thank you for giving me the chance to regain my freedom and independence in my own home.”
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