Cpl Brandon Rumbaugh
Mission Completed on April 26, 2014!
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. Next he was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland, spending a total of 18 months receiving treatments and therapies.
Cpl Rumbaugh is currently 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.
Since moving into his home in April 2014, he’s been supporting other Veterans through difficult times by working for a nonprofit called, It’s About the Warrior Foundation (IATW). The organization helps assist and empower post 9/11 Veterans in his area with financial, educational, recreational and therapeutic needs. Brandon serves as its Board Advisor and motivational speaker. He also shares his personal story with audiences ranging from corporate executives to college hockey teams and elementary school students.
Brandon says he feels fortunate to be in a position to give back by helping others. “Saving $1,200-1,500 a month allows me to invest in other opportunities and helps broaden what I want to do,” he says.