Ep. 117 Kevin Rumley: A Veteran’s Road to Recovery

This special episode featuring Kevin Rumley was recorded live at Discovery Park’s recent Military History and Armed Forces Symposium. Rumley has a master’s degree in social work, performs in numerous bands as a drummer and runs the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, a program that helps divert veteran offenders from prison to community service and recovery.

In this episode he shares more about the difficult road getting here. While serving our country as a Marine on tour in Iraq, he was severely injured when an IED exploded nearby. He spent 18 months in the hospital, endured 32 surgeries and was told he would never walk again. While that prediction proved to be untrue, he left the hospital battling an addiction to the opioids he was prescribed for pain and eventually found himself homeless and hunting for heroin. Thankfully, he found the help and support he needed to regain control of his life and now helps other veterans struggling with the same issues.

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This episode is brought to you by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.