Month: March 2017

William Shatner narrates Military Moments | Battle of Vimy Ridge
Remembrance

William Shatner narrates Military Moments | Battle of Vimy Ridge

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Legion Magazine, Canada’s Ultimate Story and William Shatner tell the story of this important First World War battle. Our victory at Vimy was a defining event for Canada. On the 100th anniversary, we revisit the Canadian triumph over the German army and explore why the battle has come to signify the birth of our nation. We ask you to share with #Vimy100 #LestWeForget or #VimyRidge Directed & Edited by Adam Tindal Written by Don Gillmor For media inquiries, please e-mail Jennifer [email protected] or Jason [email protected] or message Legion Magazine through Twitter or Facebook. If you wish to show/link Military Moments | Battle of Vimy Ridge in a news story, we will grant permission if the following criteria i...
Brothers in arms, legs, body and mind
Health

Brothers in arms, legs, body and mind

Blown up in Afghanistan, Andrew Knisley gained strength from two other severely injured comrades Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Andrew Knisley, a 24-year-old private in 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was eating Frosted Flakes at a forward operating base an hour’s drive east of Kandahar when he heard about Billy Kerr. It was Oct. 15, 2008. Kerr, a militiaman in Knisley’s section, was standing on top of two artillery shells when they went off beneath his feet. He lost both legs and an arm, but he was alive. “You wanna talk about badass,” recalls Knisley, a London, Ont., native. “Our captain said that Billy was on the chopper having a smoke with his remaining arm. He didn’t give two fucks. He even told one of the guys, ‘Hey, get the watch off my [other] a...
Budget does little to improve veterans benefits
Defence Today, Front Lines

Budget does little to improve veterans benefits

Bad for the military; not good enough for veterans. That about sums up defence-related elements of the federal budget tabled March 22 by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Ottawa says it will spend $624 million more on veterans’ programs over the next five years, most of it on easing outgoing soldiers’ transitions to civilian life. But it doesn’t address the critical issue of financial security for ill and injured veterans. “Canada’s ill and injured veterans need and deserve financial security, critical supports and benefits, and this budget missed the mark by not delivering substantive details,” said a statement from The Royal Canadian Legion. Meanwhile, defence spending took a hit, even as the military awaited the results of a policy review undertaken soon after the Liberals won...
“She’s seen me at my worst, and she was okay with that”
Health

“She’s seen me at my worst, and she was okay with that”

Mike Trauner and Leah Cuffe share the frustrations, pain and nightmares that linger from his wounds Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne It was just a corridor, but it was probably the longest walk of 30-year-old Leah Cuffe’s life. Down that hospital hallway in Landstuhl, Germany, was a Canadian flag. And beside that unmistakable red-and-white banner was a door, on the other side of which lay her 29-year-old fiancée, Master Corporal Mike Trauner, M.M.V., C.D., his two legs gone, his left arm almost gone, and his body full of shrapnel. With three major arteries severed, he had already died twice—once on the Afghanistan battlefield where he had been hit by two bombs, and again in the field hospital back in Kandahar. Trauner and others from 3rd Battalion, Royal Canad...
Trail of the Caribou organizer honoured
News

Trail of the Caribou organizer honoured

A new plaque was unveiled in St. John’s, N.L., in November by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, recognizing Thomas Nangle, the tireless padre of the Newfoundland Regiment, as a person of national historic significance. The unveiling took place in the Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander Anthony Paddon Building at Canadian Forces Station St. John’s during the 100th anniversary of the attack on Beaumont-Hamel, where the regiment suffered tremendous losses on the first day of the Battle of Somme. Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Nangle was the popular padre of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the later part of the First World War. He was born in St. John’s in 1889 and was ordained in 1913. The archbishop of Newfoundland had denied his request to join the Newfoundland forces when war...
Canadian Rangers hampered by delays
Front Lines

Canadian Rangers hampered by delays

Hurry up and wait, goes the old military adage. Just ask the Canadian Rangers. The military ombudsman did. And in a second interim report on the challenges they face, Gary Walbourne says the 5,000 volunteers who form Canada’s first line of defence in the Arctic are waiting too long for compensation and reimbursement. Often referred to as the eyes and ears of the North, the predominantly aboriginal reserve force faces challenges almost unheard of in the age of high-speed transportation and electronic communication. The Rangers operate in the vast expanse of the Canadian Arctic, the very ideal of challenge and adventure, yet they are hampered for the most mundane of reasons—the inability to obtain a quick signature, a shortage of computers, a lack of office access. Bureaucracy is...

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