“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...
  • Military looks at respiratory illness

    September 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    After reports of respiratory illness following live firing training, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment discovered a less obvious danger than pistols and rifles. Their researchers measured lung function of 55 healthy soldiers, then had them fire rifles using different kinds of ammunition. Tests afterwards showed...
  • When the brain goes boom

    June 30, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    The epic struggle to understand and treat the damaged brain takes place both at the frontiers of science and in the pharmaceutical Stone Age   In April 19, 2006, Aaron Bedard’s brain changed forever. That day the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry combat engineer and...
  • Military service and the long term

    June 16, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    A decade ago, Veterans Affairs Canada’s Gerontological Advisory Council brought to public attention something serving military and veterans have always known: military service has long-term effects on health, and we’re not just talking about war wounds. At the time, the council was concerned that there...
  • The tell-tale brain

    May 19, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Scanners that show how the brain’s chemistry changes from moment to moment—and from thought to thought—promise new views into the inner workings of the traumatized mind   Retired Master Corporal Don Leonardo of Airdrie, Alta., a third-generation soldier, has battled PTSD since serving with the United Nations...
  • Moral injuries need more consideration

    March 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    As a society, we’ve set high expectations on our members of the military to live and work on the moral high ground. Their code of values and ethics, compiled in the 2003 manual Duty with Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada, was developed so...
  • Military health research benefits all Canadians

    January 7, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    With this issue, we begin a new column called Military Health Matters. Health advice columns, news on civilian health research and analysis of public health issues abound in newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites—but much less is available on issues concerning serving military, veterans and their...
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