Simon Vaughan, 31, a former corporal in the British Army, was left with brain damage and physically impaired when his patrol vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.
The "grievous and near-fatal injuries" he suffered in the blast left him needing round-the-clock care from his former wife, Donna, 32, mother and professionals.

As the soldier convalesced the couple paid £295,000 for a home in Newport, Shropshire, before knocking it down and paying a further £300,000 to build a new home tailored to Mr Vaughan's needs.

But when their relationship broke down in February 2013 the couple were left in a bitter dispute over how the wounded soldier's compensation and insurance payments should be shared, running up legal bills totalling more than £110,000.

The case raised questions over how the Ministry of Defence supported injured veterans who are faced with handling large sums of money intended to pay for long term care.

District Judge Richard Chapman, sitting at Telford Family court, considered the needs of the veteran's ex-wife, but ruled that the modified home should be handed over to the veteran.
He said: "The situation that this family finds itself in is a tragedy."

He said the couple "had their lived turned upside down as a consequence of the injuries suffered by Simon while serving his country on December 8 2008".

Mr Vaughan joined the Army in 2001 and the couple wed the following year.

He completed tours of Iraq in 2003 and was stationed to Northern Ireland in April 2005.

He rose through the ranks before being promoted to corporal just months before the fateful Afghan tour.

Between July 2009 and the end of 2012 Mr Vaughan won over £1 million in compensation, including £570,000 under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and nearly £40,000 in other Army payments.

Two "personal accident policies" made up just under £400,000 of the award.

However Mr Vaughan was in "no position" to lead the decisions on how the money was spent and his wife took control, the judge said.

The couple moved then from their "modest" home in Telford, Shropshire, to Newport where they built the new home.

The judge said: "The facts of this case are that just over £1,000,000 became available to Simon of which £295,000 has been used to purchase Pinewood, some £300,000 has been used to demolish the original property and to build in its place a suitable home for Simon and just over £200,000 remains in a cash fund."

Despite the huge expenditure the bungalow was yet to be granted a certificate from building regulators and the judge ordered £20,000 be paid to the veteran to bring it up to standard.

He also ruled Mrs Vaughan be paid £1,500 a month in maintenance, while her legal fees of £84,163 and the veteran's £28,615 bill be paid from the remaining funds.

The judge commented that how the MoD supported injured veterans in receipt of large compensation was not a matter for him and the court was only concerned with "financial arrangements of the parties in accordance with legal principles."