Burrillville, RI

Mission Accomplished on Dec. 21, 2013

Marine Corporal Kevin Dubois was on his second deployment when he lost both of his legs at the hip after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on July 31, 2011.

While in the role of Scout Sniper, Cpl Dubois was clearing a helicopter landing zone for the medical evacuation of an injured teammate. Upon going into a prone position, his left foot hit the pressure plate of an IED, triggering the bomb. Knocked unconscious by the blast, the helicopter that was previously dispatched arrived soon after the event, airlifting both Cpl Dubois and his injured teammate to Camp Bastion.

Next airlifted to Bagram Air Force Base, Cpl Dubois required 14 units of blood in order to be stabilized for transport to Landstuhl, Germany. He was airlifted stateside to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland before being transferred to Balboa Hospital in San Diego. He continues his treatments and therapies there at this time.

Kevin enjoys spending time with his family. Since receiving their home in 2013, Kevin and his wife Kayla have started a family and now have a son and daughter. Hand-cycling, 4-wheeling, video games, and target shooting are some of the hobbies that interest Kevin. He is currently in school to become a bike mechanic.

Kevin appreciates all of the assistance he received from HFOT’s donors and volunteers who made his specially-adapted home a reality, allowing him to live his life without barriers in his own home. “Having a specially adapted home benefits me greatly because it improves my daily living challenges. It makes me more independent and it gives me a better quality of life. Thank you for supporting me,” he says.