Army Spc. Kevin Hardin, 21, was seriously injured in Iraq on 9/30/07. Kevin was on his 13th month of his first deployment. Kevin's MOS was a front line combat medic. His earnest desire was to be on the front line out there with his buddies, and where "all the action is."
While out on what seemed to be a "routine" mission and preparing for his return back home in only a few short weeks, Spc. Hardin was attacked by a weapon similar to a RPG. It tore off the main artery in his right hand and he was losing blood quickly. If it hadn't been for his gunner, his life would have been gone.
his thumb and index finger on his right hand, and part of another
finger on his left
hand, not to mention the extensive nerve damage in both hands
and arms. His
nickname is "Patches" where he lives in recovery
in Washington, DC because he has undergone so many skin and
bone grafts, and pretty
much all of
the skin on his hands is from another part of his body.
Their lives have been literally turned upside down, and all of a sudden nothing else matters in life except the fact that their son is alive. It doesn't matter what kind of a house you live in, what kind of a car you drive, how much money you have or anything else, but just makes you realize just how precious life really is, and how in the flicker of an eye, your life can be changed - changed forever.
Now Kevin's Mom drives the vehicle that Kevin left behind
when he deployed to Iraq. His Mom can no longer afford
on the car she used
to drive. Kevin's Mom and brothers fly to D.C. every chance
they get on the weekends, and have been fortunate enough
to have charitable
organizations help with the airplane fares. But, every
time they go to D.C., it costs,
cost for parking, food, etc., etc....... they are barely
getting by just paying for their rent, utilities, and other
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