Connor Martin: We Thought This Was the "New Normal"

Veteran Kevin Ash suffered blast injuries during his deployment, but it was a simple rugby tackle that put him in a coma. His brother Connor Martin said that when Kevin work up he had lost both hearing and sight but the family accepted these changes as the "new normal."

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We were under the impression that this is, this is the new normal but we can make this work, we can make it functional for our family. It was difficult and stressful, especially on my mom again but it was something that was workable and something that could be done and we just expected that this is, this is it, we’re happy, at least he’s here. At least, you know from my standpoint he didn’t know me so I didn’t really have my brother anymore but I was very happy that my mom could still hear her son tell him, tell her he loves her. So I know that was very important for her and very important for my sister and my sister’s son that he could at least see his uncle. And it’s tough for him that he’s only going to know Kevin in his wheelchair the way that he was after the accident but at least he does, he will have some memory of him. This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Posted on BrainLine June 15, 2021.

This video was produced by BrainLine thanks to generous support from the Infinite Hero Foundation.