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Brain damaged ex-soldier locked in divorce proceedings
A war veteran who suffered serious brain damage while serving in Afghanistan could lose what remains of his compensation package as part of a long-running divorce battle.
Corporal Simon Vaughan was left with life-changing injuries after being caught in a roadside bomb blast in 2008.
The former soldier received more than £1million following the incident, which has left him unable to walk or speak properly.
But the money has been at the centre of a long running legal battle after Mr Vaughan separated from his wife over two years ago.
A significant amount of money had to be spent on specially adapting the family bungalow to meet the ex-serviceman’s needs.
Mrs Vaughan is entitled to make a claim for the remaining compensation to help bring up the couple’s two children.
A family court Judge is currently deliberating about how much money she should be entitled to.
Mr Vaughan, whose injuries were so severe that medics were convinced he wouldn’t survive, said he was concerned about his situation.
“I am anxious about my future. I shouldn’t be in this position,” he said. “But I have to watch everything I spend because I don’t know how much I have — or how much I will get from the compensation that’s left.”
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