When Senior Aircraftman Kevin Ogilvie was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, he knew the road to recovery would be a tough one.
But despite being paralysed from the chest down, with Kevin's ironclad determination coupled with tremendous support from his family, and assistance from the RAF Benevolent Fund, Kevin is looking to the future.
In 2012, Kevin was just 22 when he was on a patrol in Helmand province during his second tour of Afghanistan with 51 Squadron, RAF Regiment when his armoured Jackal vehicle drove over an IED.
As the driver Kevin sustained the worst injuries, including seven broken vertebrae, and spent four months recovering in hospital.
During this traumatic time the RAF Benevolent Fund supported the family, paying for Kevin's wife Amie and their daughter Grace, who was just six months old at the time, to stay close by to the spinal unit, where Kevin spent more than three months recovering.
We also assisted Kevin’s parents, Phillip and Rhona, who lived in Forfar, Scotland to make regular trips to visit him.
Kevin says: "When I was in hospital I had no idea how badly I was injured, I was knocked out for two weeks but it was a real comfort to have Amie and my family close by.
"Amie was having to make a 40-minute journey back and forth to the hospital every day with our baby until the RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in. Without their support my parents wouldn't have been able to see me every other weekend."
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