April 24th, 2009

  • titan5

Questions about an injured Air Force pilot

I have the basics of a scenario worked out for an original fic, but I have no idea if what I've come up with is realistic or not. What I need to know is if this is a likely way for things to happen and if not, what do I need to change? I also have some questions about things along the way.

An Air Force pilot in Afghanistan is injured in a crash, taken to a field hospital, and then transferred to a hospital in Germany. He stays in Germany for a few days because by the time he gets there he needs surgery. Would the Air Force allow his family to come to Germany to be with him? When he's sent home, I wanted him sent to Travis Air Force Base to recover because his family lives in the San Francisco area. I know they have a good hospital there. Could they request he go there or would it only be because he had been previously stationed there?

Part of his injuries involve a serious leg injury that will require a few surgeries and lots of physical therapy. In the beginning, they aren't sure if he'll recover enough to go back to duty or not. From what I've read, I'm thinking while he's doing this he could live at home and do the doctor checks/physical therapy thing at the base since it's close by. Is there a time limit of when they would say he's had long enough and discharge him? At this point, I'm thinking his doctors may come to that conclusion eventually anyway, but I wondered how long it could go. I kind of wanted him in limbo, hoping to get to stay in the Air Force for a while. Also, when he's doing the PT for his leg, would they make him do any kind of desk duty or light duty stuff or would he be free to stay home except for appointments?

I know this is all very complicated, but I really want to get this right and I have no one to ask but you guys.