Kevin Jankoski is proud of his military career. During his time in the United States Army, Kevin, of Louisville, Ky., achieved the rank of Sergeant and served in the Gulf War. However, the most significant part of his life began after his military service.
"I decided that the best thing I could do after serving my country was to help others who have served their country," Kevin said. "I've dedicated most of my civilian life to helping veterans get the support they need."
Kevin, who is 48 years old and has a spinal cord condition called Ankylosing Spondilytis, uses a Q6 Edge® Power Chair from Quantum Rehab® to help with his mobility. Before receiving his Q6 Edge, Kevin spent most of his time in bed. Now, he is able to get out and do the things that are most important to him.
"Once I started using the Q6 Edge, my quality of life went through the roof," Kevin said. "This chair has been a real game changer."
The Edge's positioning capabilities are particularly helpful in improving Kevin's quality of life.
"The multitude of positions this chair can achieve is incredible," Kevin said. "It helps relieve the pain in my spine, and I don't have to take as much pain medication."
Kevin works with a variety of non-profit organizations to improve the lives of American veterans, and the Edge makes it easier for him to accomplish those goals. Among many other things, Kevin educates veterans on the Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to which they are entitled.
"Many of the veterans I've worked with had no health care before I brought them to the VA," Kevin said. "I've done my best to show them how to get the most out of the services available to them."
Kevin also works with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives mortgage-free homes to combat-wounded veterans, and USA Cares®, a non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 veterans in times of need.
On November 30, 2005, Kevin received his commission for Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor that can be given to an individual by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from Governor Ernie Fletcher. This honor is awarded for significant accomplishments and service.
"I am humbled to have received the distinction of Kentucky Colonel," Kevin said. "It serves as a reminder that there is value in what I've been doing all this time."
In his spare time, Kevin, who is of Russian descent, enjoys collecting watches, particularly ones that are Russian made. He is also a licensed pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight experience.
Ultimately, Kevin wants to keep helping others, and he believes his Edge will allow him to do so.
"At the end of the day, when I'm done working, my Edge keeps going," Kevin said. "It gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I can get up the next day and do it all over again without any obstacles."