Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Local veteran raising awareness for homeless veterans

Local veteran Brandon Rumbaugh will be living homeless this fall to raise awareness for homeless veterans.

From October 31 through November 29, the anniversary of his injury in Afghanistan, Rumbaugh will live homeless in Uniontown.

Rumbaugh was injured by an IED in Afghanistan, causing him to break his back and lose both of his legs.

Rumbaugh also served as guest speaker for a recent fundraiser event to raise awareness about the veteran suicide rate--22 veterans commit suicide each day, according to a 2012 study by the Department of Veteran Affairs. All event donations benefitted the Active Heroes retreat in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, a retreat which aims to prevent veteran suicide through managing stress that leads to suicide
The donations are to go toward the building of four family cabins at the retreat for veterans to use to spend quality time with their families free of charge.
 The event ultimately raised over $2,000.

Rumbaugh is also collecting donations for homeless veterans. Donate now!

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