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Luke Wigman

Former SAC Luke Wigman hadn't thought about a life beyond Service until he was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011.

Luke Wigman Former SAC Luke Wigman made the transition from the RAF to the Ambulance Service with the support of the RAF Benevolent Fund

Luke was mentoring a team of Afghan troops on foot patrol in Sangin, Helmand province, when he stepped on the IED.

The blast threw him in the air, burning the skin off his left leg. Luke spent two months recovering in hospital, during which time he had no movement in his left leg.

After six years' service, he was eventually medically discharged from the RAF in 2013 and faced the daunting prospect of finding a new career.

Luke, 27, said: "I expected my career in the RAF to last for the long term, it was the perfect job and I never thought I would be medically discharged.

"After I was injured I was forced to look at what I wanted to do next and think about a life outside of the RAF – it was a pretty worrying time."

Luke wanted to improve his driving skills and turned to the RAF Benevolent Fund to help him pay for an advanced driving qualification course.

The qualification also helped him when he later went on to train as an Emergency Care Assistant for East Midlands Ambulance Service.

"Without the RAF Benevolent Fund's support I would have found it difficult to pay for my driving course," says Luke. "They've helped me to get on to the right path to find a career outside of the Service and assisted me to get back into civilian life."

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