Nine years ago, Mark Campbell was the high-value target of a Taliban remotely detonated bomb. Today, he says, “I lost my legs for all the right reasons.”
Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne
The toughest part of Mark Campbell’s nine-year ordeal was being separated—not from his legs by a Taliban bomb, but from the uniform and the life he loved.
“Wearing the uniform, for me, was my life’s calling,” says Campbell. “It’s what I did from the time I was 13, from army cadets on straight through the reserves and into the regular army.”
For Campbell, who retired from the Canadian Army as a major in 2014, being part of something bigger than himself, a part of a common and greater good, of representing his country at home and abroad, became integral to his identity, central to ...