Cure or curse?

Canadian Airborne Regiment veteran Dave Bona woke up with the same question every morning for more than 20 years: “Is today the day I’m going to kill myself?” He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1984, served in Cyprus in 1988-89 and the First Gulf War in 1990-91. But he was never the...
  • “You can’t regret life”

    May 26, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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...
  • “It crushed me”

    May 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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...
  • 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...
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