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At what price?

– Illustration by Robert Carter – Five years after the Canadian military lowered the flag for the last time in Afghanistan, the first war in which post-traumatic stress injury was recognized as a war wound, it seems impossible to determine how much the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and related mental-health conditions have added...
  • Homeless veterans project takes shape

    July 8, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    If all goes as planned, sometime in August, ground will be broken for a project that will not only provide stable, supportive housing for homeless veterans in Ottawa, but serve as a template that can be copied elsewhere. “We know it’s needed not just here;...
  • Bionic arms

    March 31, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Artificial limbs that perform like the real thing are moving from the realm of science fiction into real life, thanks to pioneering scientists and amputees—and a financial boost from the military   “It’s amazing,” says Larry Hayes-Richards as he watches the fingers flex on his bionic arm,...
  • The toll on a sniper’s brain

    March 21, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The headaches, sleep problems, visual disturbances, balance problems, dizziness, ringing in the ears and memory lapses are symptoms familiar to troops who use explosives to gain access to military targets—or blow them up to eliminate the threat from bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They call...
  • Invisible injury

    January 30, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    If a soldier’s moral conscience is damaged, the problem and the solution can both be hard to find   For almost a decade, Canadian Armed Forces reservist James (not his real name) has been haunted by memories from one of his three tours to Afghanistan—haunted...
  • Medical cannabis research expected to grow

    January 15, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes poses particular health risks for veterans. Though only a fraction of marijuana users are veterans, they are more likely to have conditions treated with medical marijuana, said James MacKillop, co-director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis...
  • Quadruple amputee inspired others

    November 18, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    In August, eight years after United States Marine Sergeant John Peck lost his arms and legs in an encounter with an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, he threw out the first pitch at a baseball game—a feat made possible by a double arm transplant in...
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