“You can’t regret life”

Paul Franklin wasn’t going to let the loss of his legs change him Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne For two years, Master Corporal Paul Franklin kept pictures on the wall of his cubicle in Land Force Western Area Headquarters at CFB Edmonton—they were photos of the Taliban fighters who took his legs....
  • 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...
  • Miracle man

    April 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    André Girard’s recovery from a battlefield head wound defies all odds Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Corporal André Girard was shot in the head by a Chechen fighter in Afghanistan on Sept. 25, 2007, and he lived to tell the tale. Within the...
  • Brothers in arms, legs, body and mind

    March 30, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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...
  • 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...
  • “Life is good again”

    March 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Joe Kiraly spent many years denying he had problems, but when he started working with inspiring ill and injured men and women, everything changed. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne It was a routine job on a routine day aboard HMCS Calgary in the...
  • “Right away, I wanted a horse.”

    March 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    After years of sleepless nights, Billy and Tracy Kerr discovered the restorative abilities of horses Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne When you talk about Billy Kerr and his war wounds, you can’t just talk about Billy Kerr and his war wounds, because there...
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