Canine Trainer & Veteran Outreach Coordinator
Matt Rumple, Army (ret)
Matthew Rumple is a Veteran / K9 Team Graduate and Veteran Outreach Coordinator of Healing Paws for Warriors (HP4Ws); maintaining communication with the Veterans and their families and sharing his story with the community to educate and build lasting relationships.
Matthew served in both the United States Air Force and United States Army. He was diagnosed with Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) along with several physical injuries.
After his diagnoses, he was forced to medically retire. Being from extremely high standards of leadership, it ingrained in him the "Never Quit" mentality he tried many therapies and programs, and nothing seemed to help. He heard of Healing Paws for Warriors, a service dog program and had paired him with his K9 Partner—Hope. Graduating from the program, not only did he see a difference, but it changed his family’s perspective for the better. According to his daughter—she thanked Mike (and Orion) “for giving my father his smile back”.
Matt volunteers with multiple veteran organizations in the community as well as civilian partnerships helping Veterans and their families battle their invisible wounds of war...PTSD, TBI, and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). He and the HP4Ws’ team are committed to providing hope and healing to veterans as they partner with rescue dogs to become a handler/K9 team; enabling military heroes to transition to civilian life with self-assurance and determination. Matt has helped many learn to start over and mentors many to always continue to “stay in the fight and never quit”.