Toby Keith shared more than just his music at his concert in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 27. The country singer also took the opportunity to help a veteran in a truly life-changing way.
Before his concert at Highmark Stadium, Toby Keith and The Independence Fund presented retired Marine Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh with an all-terrain wheelchair.
The country singer shared the spotlight with Rumbaugh, who lost both of his legs from an IED while carrying another Marine to safety in Afghanistan in 2010. He told CNN that he was fitted with prosthetic legs and worked hard to learn to walk again. Since then, he’s become a motivational speaker.
Rumbaugh now has a six-month-old daughter, and he wants to be able to actively play with her. He told WPXI that’s why he wanted to get an all-terrain wheelchair, and that’s why The Independence Fund stepped in.
The Independence Fund assists wounded veterans, and so the organization stepped in to buy Rumbaugh the $16,000 wheelchair. The organization also provided him with backstage passes and a meet and greet with Keith. Rumbaugh also joined Keith on stage for his performance of “American Soldier.”
The Independence Fund posted about Rumbaugh’s experience with Keith on Facebook and received an overwhelmingly positive response.
One thing we know for sure about Toby Keith is that he loves his American Soldiers! 🇺🇸Toby showed his gratitude for...Posted by The Independence Fund on Saturday, September 28, 2019
The comments on the Facebook post contain a lot of praise for Keith and support for the U.S. military. Some of them include: “Thank you for all you have done for the Military for Decades! And your wonderful songs in support for Our Country and Military!” and “Toby Keith is one my favorite singer of country. And I am right behind him I love my military god bless America.”
Rumbaugh received plenty of love from the audience of the concert, too. As he left the stage in his new wheelchair, the crowd chanted, “U-S-A!” and showed their full support for both this country and country music.