“It crushed me”

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...
  • Halting the blood loss

    May 15, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Combat soldiers who have suffered battlefield wounds have never had a better chance of survival than they have today. Due to improvements in battlefield medicine and evacuation, 92 per cent of U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan made it home alive, compared to about 75...
  • Pushing the boundaries

    May 12, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    After paratrooper Lorne Ford was wounded in a friendly fire incident, he spent years fighting against survivor’s guilt Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Don’t tell Sergeant Lorne Ford he’s had it rough, because every day that he gets out of bed, puts on...
  • Dan’s best friend

    May 5, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION Bubba’s owner, Daniel Boudreault, says his service dog is his best medicine Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Daniel Boudreault is on medications for a host of psychological problems, largely related to his service with the Canadian military overseas. He is...
  • The wounded

    April 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Essay and photography by Stephen J. Thorne They have been the forgotten heroes of wars from time immemorial, all but invisible as they swim the seas and scale the mountains that their wounds, physical and psychological, have laid before them. It’s the war dead who...
  • Defeating “two big ills”

    April 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Wounded while fighting off an attack on his observation post, Gorden Boivin eventually beat back his physical and psychological demons Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne From darkness, there is light. Corporal Gorden Boivin knows this only too well. Boivin’s descent into darkness began...
  • Challenge accepted

    April 13, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Searching for mines, bombs and IEDs was Étienne Aubé’s specialty. Then a motherlode changed his life. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Sergeant Étienne Aubé had a bad feeling about the compound he was standing in near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 16, 2009, so...
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